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About Balule Nature Reserve

Although part of the greater Kruger National Park, the 38000ha Balule Nature Reserve is a privately-owned fenceless conservancy located along the Olifants River, thick with green-swathed vegetation and home to a host of animals, including the Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo).... read more

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16 accommodation listings in Balule Nature Reserve. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Ezulwini Game Lodges

Chalets, Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Relax at one of our two wonderful game lodges - Billy's Lodge or River Lodge - with luxury grass thatched chalets and...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Bar
Laundry facilities
WiFi
DSTV

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R9344.0

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Maninghi Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Game Lodges, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Balule Nature Reserve

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Internet access
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV

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R2500.0

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Ximongwe River Camp

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Balule Nature Reserve

Hippo Cottage and Crocodile Cottage both have a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge and two bathrooms with vi...

Swimming Pool
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Braai Area
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R1550.0

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Masodini Private Game Lodge

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

The Lodge itself is surrounded by Fever trees and evergreen African date palms creating the perfect oasis. The lodge ...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
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Braai Area
WiFi
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R1920.0

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Elephant Game Lodge

Game Lodges, Self Catering, Villas in Balule Nature Reserve

Exclusive bush villa with breathless view over the bush of the Greater Kruger. Made of 5 bedrooms, whose 4 en-suite. ...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
DSTV
Braai Area
Bar
TV

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R2300.0

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Kurhula Wildlife Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Kurhula Lodge has four affordable double rooms. From your veranda (with comfortable chairs) you have an exquisite vie...

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R1700.0

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Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park and sanctuary to A...

Swimming Pool
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Internet access
Braai Area
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar

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R3650.0

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Pondoro Game Lodge

Chalets, Guest Lodge in Balule Nature Reserve

Pondoro Game Lodge is set on the banks of the Olifants River in the exclusive 40 000 hectare Balule Private Nature Re...

Swimming Pool
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R8900.0

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Muweti Bush Lodge

Chalets, Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Muweti Bush Lodge and the surrounds are somewhat unique. They offer an opportunity for Africa's large game to live in...

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R915.0

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Baluleni Safari Lodge

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Welcome to Baluleni Safari Lodge - "where the river always flows".

Our tranquil and peaceful, owner managed, full c...

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Bar

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R2630.0

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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Accommodation is is luxurious thatched rondawels, decorated in an African theme. The rooms are all en suite, with al...

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Bar
Wheelchair Friendly
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R4290.0

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Leopard's View Game Lodge

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Leopard's View is situated 5 km from the R40 trunk road and some 16 km north of Hoedspruit in the Big-5 Balule Nature...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Bar

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R1475

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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Stay in a dream location in the Balule bushveld of South Africa. Toro Yaka Bush Lodge, meaning "My Dream in the langu...

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DSTV
Laundry facilities
Aircon
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R3600

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Tambuzi Mobile Camping Safaris

Camps, Caravan Parks in Balule Nature Reserve

Tambuzi is a South African mobile camping safari company that specializes in travel to a wide variety of national par...

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R150

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Tsakane Safari co

Camps, Chalets, Game Lodges in Balule Nature Reserve

Balule Nature Reserve

Tsakane Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve which forms part of the world r...

Swimming Pool
Bar
Laundry facilities
Jacuzzi
Camps
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R7400

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Tremisana Lodge

Chalets, Guest Houses in Balule Nature Reserve

Holiday in the truly unique environment of the Balule Game Reserve, where wild animals roam free, and the plant life ...

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Bar
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R1295

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More info about Balule Nature Reserve

Although part of the greater Kruger National Park, the 38000ha Balule Nature Reserve is a privately-owned fenceless conservancy located along the Olifants River, thick with green-swathed vegetation and home to a host of animals, including the Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo). The animals are able to walk freely between the two parks and other neighbouring game reserves to widen the gene pool and to ensure the preservation of all species.

The Balule Nature Reserve lies in the beautiful Limpopo Province, renowned for its game parks. Here the climate is considered temperate, summers are generally hot while in winter, the early hours are chilly and gradually warm up to acceptable temperatures during the day. The rainy season occurs in summer with the occasional spectacular thunderstorm.    

Any water source is a magnet for wildlife and the Olifants River is ideal for both game viewing and bird watching. Visitors to Balule Nature Reserve are afforded this luxury on their doorstep, it’s the consummate bushveld escape.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Balule Nature Reserve

1. The best times for a game drive is early morning or late afternoon when animals are most active. At Balule, some of the game lodges offer spotlights over the water to watch the movement of nocturnal animals rarely seen during the day.

2. Certain camps offer guided wilderness trails to enjoy the bushveld on foot. Experience smaller creatures amongst the thicket and chance up-close encounters with larger mammals and reptiles.

3. The Masorini Village Museum is a reconstruction of an ancient Iron Age village where trade items, tools and weapons were discovered. The village holds a fascination for anyone interested in anthropology, ancient cultures and history.

4. Find a [safe] spot along the river banks and use binoculars to watch the vast birdlife around the river. The area has over 150 recorded species of bird that include various raptors and waders. The striking lilac-breasted roller is a common sight.

5. Enjoy a meal out in the open at a picnic spot or rest camp, many of which are found in the Punda Maria section of the Kruger National Park.

6. Sit out on the patio when the sun goes down to watch the sea of stars above and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals. Try and identify the calls of lion, leopard, hyena and other animals that prowl the plains under the moonlight.

 

Transport

Balule Nature Reserve is 34km from the Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit, for connecting flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban international airports. Another airport nearby is the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 170km from Balule. There is a car rental agency located at the Hoedspruit airport and several in Nelspruit (Mbombela), otherwise order a vehicle online. The best form of transport for this region is a hired vehicle, preferably with 4x4 drive.

 

Did you know?

We all know of the Big 5 mammals but there is a Big 6 amongst birds too. They are the saddle-billed stork, the kori bustard, martial eagle, ground hornbill, lappet-faced vulture and the pels fishing owl, all top of the food chain in the world of birds.

Never feed wild animals, they may become accustomed to being fed by humans and could either turn aggressive or destructive, resulting in rangers being forced to move or put down the animal.

Although the Balule and Kruger reserves are considered malaria-free, it is always best to take precautions before entering the area.