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Scenic Safari South Africa

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in South Africa

This package is a combination of guided safaris inside the Greater Kruger National Park (Balule Nature Reserve), public sector of the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route with God's Window, and Blyde River Canyon, showcasing some of South Africa’s most scenic natural attractions. Go on guided open-vehicle safaris, listen to the sounds of the African bush while dining under the stars, or simply relax and let the animals come to you!

Key Information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Children policy: no children under 12 are allowed; children (12 and older) should always be under parental supervision since this is an unfenced Big Five area.
  • Starting point and ending point: Balule Nature Reserve
  • Languages: Afrikaans, German, and English-speaking guides
  • All park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • 2 x 3-hour guided safaris in an open 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Full-day guided trip to the public sector of Kruger National Park
  • Opportunity to see the Big Five, various wildlife, and various birds
  • Full-day guided trip to the Panorama Route with God's Window and Blyde River Canyon
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee, water, all included
  • 4 nights' accommodation in a quaint, mid-range lodge
  • Lovely honeymoon chalet available on request

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The tranquil and peaceful, owner-managed, full-catering Baluleni Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in the 50,000-hectare Balule Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park; and offers the splendor of the natural African bush with breathtaking sunsets, wildlife which includes the Big Five, birdwatching, safaris and bush walks, and boma dinners under the stars. Baluleni Safari Lodge is often referred to by guests as a "paradise" or "heaven on earth".

Baluleni Safari Lodge is a completely unfenced camp with frequent visitors, such as elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, and a variety of antelope species such as bushbucks, impala, duikers, kudu, and waterbucks that move in and out of camp. You can enjoy sitting on your veranda or at the pool spotting animals strolling through camp. You can also enjoy a unique African safari experience, go on guided open vehicle safaris, learn about the wilderness on a bush walk, listen to the sounds of the African bush while dining under the stars, or simply relax and let the animals come to you!

Program

Safari programs

Open vehicle safaris inside the Greater Kruger National Park on the Balule Nature Reserve

Safaris depart from the lodge either in the early morning or late afternoon during the cooler hours of the day. Guests enjoy a three-hour drive in an open safari vehicle with drinks (at extra cost) and snacks for sundowners or an early morning coffee stop with homemade rusks. The Balule Nature Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, inviting free movement of all wildlife through the reserve.

Kruger National Park full-day trip in a safari vehicle

Guests will leave very early in a safari vehicle with a qualified guide on a full-day trip to the Kruger, to reach the gate of the Kruger National Park at opening time. All entrance fees, packed breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, water, and juice are included. Breakfast and lunch will be served at a picnic spot or other rest area in the Kruger. You can enjoy nature, wildlife, and birds in the national park.

The guide will return with the guests before the closing of the gates of the Kruger and guests will have time to refresh before joining together in the boma for a three-course dinner around the fire under the stars.

Panorama Route tour

The Panorama Route is one of the Lowveld’s most famous attractions and is located within driving distance of Baluleni. The Drakensberg Mountains set the scene and the tour takes guests on a leisurely drive to various scenic stopping points along the route, which include the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a variety of waterfalls, and valley views.

Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger National Park

You will arrive for lunch at 13:00 in the restaurant and relax at the pool or chalet / safari tent. You can enjoy high tea / drinks and see animals in and around the lodge. You will depart at 15:30 with a guide in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You will return at 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars.

Day 2: Kruger National Park

You will depart at 05:00 with a guide an open 10-seater safari vehicle for an unforgettable full-day journey in the public sector of the Kruger National Park. Packed breakfast and lunch will be served at the picnic spots. You will return to the lodge at about 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire at the boma under the stars.

Day 3: Blyde River Canyon

  • Depart at 05:00 in a closed safari vehicle for a guided panorama day trip to the mountains / Blyde River Canyon
  • Experience awesome scenic views on a day trip to the mountains
  • Packed breakfast and lunch will be served
  • Entrance fees are included.
  • Return at 18:00 to lodge for drinks and a three-course dinner at the boma around the fire and under the stars

Day 4: Greater Kruger National Park

  • Depart at 06:00 in an open safari vehicle for a guided safari in the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Return at 09:00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant
  • Relax at the pool
  • Lunch at 13:00 in the restaurant
  • Relax at pool or chalet / safari tent
  • Enjoy high tea / drinks and see animals in and around the lodge
  • 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars

Day 5: Departure

  • *09:00 Breakfast at the lodge. Depart the lodge after breakfast.

Location

Balule Nature Reserve is a protected area in Limpopo Province, South Africa, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park as a member of the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR). As part of a wildlife conservation initiative, all fences separating APNR reserves - Balule, Timbavati, Klaserie, and Umbabat - and the Kruger National Park have been removed.

The ecological benefits of this initiative has made the region a popular ecotourism destination, and conservation efforts have ensured that the wildlife population includes all of the Big Five game such as lions, African elephants, African buffaloes, African leopards, and white rhinoceros.

Features

Activities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this safari, you will be served daily English and continental breakfasts, lunches, and three-course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at the traditional Boma. Packed breakfast and lunches will be provided for the day tours. Early morning snacks / tea / coffee will also be available at your accommodation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bush spa
  • Guided bush walk
  • Trip to the Endangered Species Center

What's included

  • 1 full-day guided tour to the public sector of the KNP, packed breakfast and lunch
  • 1 full-day guided tour to the Panorama Route, packed breakfast and lunch
  • 2 x 3-hour open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Coffee / tea, juice
  • Early morning snacks / tea / coffee, full breakfast, lunch / high tea
  • 3-course dinner under the African stars around the fire at the traditional Boma

What's not included

  • Any other activity or excursion
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (payable in cash at the lodge before departure or with an extra 4% credit card charge)
  • Transfers to and from Baluleni Safari Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Johannesburg

  • Take the N12 (or N4 from Pretoria) towards Witbank (Emalahleni), Middelburg Plaza.
  • Turn to Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg (Mashishing), Ohrigstad, Abel Erasmus Pass, and J.G.Strijdom Tunnel.
  • 10 kilometers from the tunnel, turn left at fuel service station towards Tzaneen / Phalaborwa.
  • Travel another 10 kilometers to the signboard "Phalaborwa" and turn right towards Phalaborwa.
  • Travel 27 kilometers to T-junction and turn left towards Phalaborwa R40.
  • Pass the Balule, Parsons Gate sign, and continue on R40 (about 20 kilometers) until Grietjie signboard.
  • Turn right into the dirt road.
  • Follow the dirt road for 2.7 kilometers to the gate.
  • After 1.8 kilometers, go straight at the crossing.
  • After 2.8 kilometers, keep left on Y-crossing.
  • After 450 meters, turn left into Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie.
  • After 800 meters, you have reached the lodge.

Driving directions from Hoedspruit

  • Follow the R40 from Hoedspruit for 51.2 kilometers.
  • At the Grietjie signboard, turn right and follow the dirt road (2.7 kilometers) to Balule Gate.
  • Follow another 1.8 kilometers overcrossing.
  • After 2.8 kilometers, keep left on Y-crossing.
  • After 450 meters, turn left into Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie.
  • After 800 meters, you have reached the lodge.

Driving directions from Phalaborwa

  • From Phalaborwa, turn left on the road towards Hoedspruit.
  • After about 20 / 25 kilometers, turn left at the Balule Grietjie signboard.
  • Follow the dirt road to Baluleni Safari Lodge, plot 13.

Driving directions from Polokwane

  • Follow the R71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on straight.
  • Do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte but continue straight for another 30 kilometers until T-junction.
  • Turn left towards Phalaborwa and continue for about 20 kilometers.
  • Turn right at Grietjie signboard onto the dirt road to Baluleni Safari Lodge, plot 13.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hoedspruit Air Force Base Airport (HDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

There is a transfer service available from Three Bridges to Baluleni at ZAR 700 per bus.

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer available: Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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