Magnificent, wild nature, tropical nights with the sound of cicadas and lions roaring in the distance, the exotic scent of the bush and breathtaking encounters with big game animals on safari, exclusive, luxurious camp, fantastic culinary experiences, South Africa’s best wines…
10 days from €1,890.00
Do you also dream about a wonderful African safari? At Balule River Lodge you can make your dream of a safari in South Africa come true – and much more ! Perfectly situated in South Africa’s best safari area, with a very dedicated camp staff and with space for only 14 guests per week, we will make sure your safari here will be your best holiday ever!
On a 10-day trip to Balule River Lodge you will stay next to Olifants River, where you can see plenty of game from your own terrace.
Balule River Lodge lies in Greater Kruger National Park - a game reserve nearly the size of a small country! You will enjoy safariing here, both game drives and bush walks.
There will be a full day trip to Kruger National Park and it is possible to book extra activities from the camp, or just enjoy the fantastic surroundings, relax by the pool, and take in the wonderful nature around you.
Depart from your local airport on your flight to South Africa
Your flight from Europe will land in Johannesburg early in the morning. After a wait of a couple of hours you will then fly to a local airport, either Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit, close to Kruger National Park. Here one of Balule’s guides will be waiting to meet you and drive you to the camp. You will be welcomed in camp with a tasty lunch. After an information meeting, you will be free to relax in your new surroundings.
On Saturday you will enjoy two game drives in open safari vehicles, a morning game drive starting at 6.00 am and an afternoon game drive at 15.30. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see zebras, wildebeest, elephant, giraffe, lion, warthog, impala, kudu, monkeys, rhinoceros etc., but as is always the case when it comes to wild animals, you can never be sure what you might see. But you can be certain of one thing: a safari like this is a wonderful experience, because you will be actively following the animals, their tracks and even their smell. During the afternoon game drive, we will make a stop out in the bush just before the sun sets. Here you will enjoy a classic “sundowner” while you enjoy the wonderful sounds and smells of the bush and its plant and animal life, before driving back to camp where your dinner will be waiting.
Before dawn you will be served a light breakfast in camp, then after an hour’s drive you will reach the state owned part of the Kruger National Park - just as the sun is rising. The park is the biggest and most impressive animal reserve in South Africa, with a total area of around 20,000 square kilometers. In Kruger National Park you can really experience Africa’s wildlife “up close”, including “The Big Five” - the traditional name for the most sought after hunting trophies: Leopard, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant. We will drive in an open safari vehicle, during your “hunt” for animals your guide will lead the way, and he knows exactly what you can expect to see. He knows the water holes, where the animals most often come and drink from, and which area of the plains the various species of animals usually can be found. Underway we will stop at one of the park’s rest camps, where you will be served brunch prepared by your rangers. During the trip we will also stop in various places so you can stretch your legs, and also to eat lunch.
We will leave the park just before sundown and arrive back at Balule River camp, where a good dinner will be waiting for us.
Enjoy a relaxing day in Balule River Camp, relaxing by the pool or sitting on the terrace watching the animals that live near the camp. You can also join one of the many extra tours that are available, you can for example, book a balloon safari, an Olifants River Cruise or a visit to Shangaan Tribal Village.
On Tuesday we again start with an early morning game drive in the camp’s open safari vehicle. We will look for animals in Balule Nature Reserve, as the bush wakes up, and the sun slowly climbs higher and higher in the sky. In the afternoon there will be another game drive in Balule Nature Reserve, where you will have a really good chance of seeing antelopes, giraffes, rhinoceros, monkeys and many other animals.
On the way we will stop to enjoy the sunset and enjoy a classic “sundowner” while you enjoy the wonderful sounds and smells of the bush and its plant and animal life, before driving back to camp where your dinner will be waiting.
Today it will be possible to book one of the extra activities on offer, e.g. an extra safari or horseback riding in the neighbouring area.
In the afternoon there will be another game drive in Balule Nature Reserve.
If the weather is good the evening will end with a traditional South African barbecue, a “bush braii”, at the scenic viewpoint of Lion View. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner under the starry African night sky.
A wonderful atmosphere develops, as you smell the meat cooking on the grill, red wine is poured into your glass, the waiters lay the table with candles and a white tablecloth, when cicadas are singing and you can hear the roar of lions in the distance.
We start the day early with a bushwalk. To walk in the bush is a wonderful experience; you can really sense the intensity of Africa’s nature, getting close to the animals in their natural habitat. During the walk, which will be in Balule Nature Reserve, you will see a selection of the animals that live in the South African bush, for example, giraffe, warthogs, impala, waterbuck, baboons, zebra and - if you are lucky - elephant and hippopotamus. You will naturally be accompanied by an experienced guide, who will tell you about the animals from the large mammals to the insects, the vegetation, climate and much more.
The afternoon will be at your own disposal. You can book one of the extra activities or just relax by the pool at the lodge.
In the morning you will be transferred from Balule River Camp to the local airport, from where you will fly to Johannesburg. Flights to Europe depart in the evening, so you will spend some hours waiting in Johannesburg.
Flights from Johannesburg land in Europe early in the morning. If necessary you will then wait for a connecting flight home to your local airport.
An African safari at Balule River Lodge will provide you with everything you need for you to enjoy the luxury holiday of your dreams! The camp is beautifully situated with great views over the Greater Kruger National Park and Olifants River, and consists of two guest houses each with three double rooms, a main house with dining room, lounge, library and a terrace plus a “boma” which is our outdoors dining area. In addition there is the Elephant Suite which is situated high above the rest of the camp and offers great views of the bush.Read more
Kruger National Park is the largest in South Africa and nearly 20,000 km2 in size. On top of this comes the large private reserves on the western side of the park. Kruger is also one of the oldest national parts in the world, with a history of more than 100 years to look back on. This means the animals have long lived peacefully here and are not shy. Like all parks and reserves in South Africa the Kruger is fenced, but the fences have been taken down along a stretch of circa 100 km where it shares a border with the majority of the private reserves, which together with a few private concessions in Kruger itself provide safaris of the very highest standard.Read more
Close to South Africa’s east coast you will find the Drakensberg Mountains, an area that includes the independant state of Lesotho. The highest point in the Drakensberg range is Thabana Ntlenyana at 3482 meters above sea level.Read more
The Big Five is a historic term that comes from big game hunting. It groups together the five animals that were considered to require the most courage and skill to hunt: Elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. The term has been readily adopted by today’s wildlife safaris, on which rifles have been swapped for a camera and animals are only “shot” through a telephoto lens. It is also widely used in the marketing of reserves, camps and lodges, where the “Big Five” can be found, and visitors have a reasonable chance of encountering them.Read more
Balule Nature Reserve is home to the "The Big Five" and is world renown for its varied animal and bird life. Balule Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, which is the name of the combined area of the state owned section of the park (the Kruger National Park) together with its neighbouring private reserves (which include Balule Nature Reserve), between which the fences have been removed to again allow the animals to move freely along their natural migratory pathways. The Olifants River is at the heart of the nature reserve, flowing for around 20 kilometers through the district.Read more
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