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5 Days Guided Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie, Balule Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa

Scenic Safari 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

  • Starting point and ending point: Balule Nature Reserve
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: the Big Five, various wildlife, and birds
  • 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.
  • Vaccines needed: the area is known as a low-risk malaria area; please consult with your doctor or chemist in this regard.
  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Languages: Afrikaans, German, and English
  • All park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • Three-course dinner around the fire under the stars
  • 4 nights' accommodation in a quaint, mid-range lodge
  • Full-day guided trip to the public sector of Kruger National Park
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee, water, detox juices all included
  • Full-day guided trip to the Panorama Route with God's Window and Blyde River Canyon
  • 4 x 3-hour guided safaris in an open 4x4 safari vehicle (Landrover Defender)
  • Transportation in an open or closed safari vehicle
  • Lovely honeymoon chalet available on request

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

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: Greater Kruger National Park

You will depart at 06:00 with a guide in an open safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You return at 09:00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant. You can relax at the pool and later have your lunch at 13:00 in the restaurant. Afterward, you can relax at the pool again or in your 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 4: Blyde River Canyon

You will depart at 06:00 with a guide in a closed safari vehicle for a panorama day trip to the mountains / Blyde River Canyon. You can experience awesome scenic views on the day trip to the mountains. Packed breakfast and lunch will be served. You will return at 18:00 to the lodge for a three-course dinner at the boma around the fire and under the stars.

Day 5: Greater Kruger National Park

You will depart at 06:00 with a guide in an open safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You return at 09:00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant. You shall depart from the lodge after breakfast.

Location

This safari will take you through Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon in South Africa.

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
  • 4 x 3-hour open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park
  • All entrance- and conservation fees included
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Coffee/Tea/Baluleni’s flavored water, juice
  • Early morning snacks/tea/coffee, full breakfast, lunch/high tea
  • 3-course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at our 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

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Airport transfer is available for 525 ZAR per bus.

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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Shuttle Pricing information

  • Shuttle service from / to Air Forse Base Hoedspruit in 2019: 675 ZAR per bus
  • Shuttle service  from / to Hendrick Van Eck Airport in 2019: 300 ZAR per bus

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