Balule Camp, Kruger Park provides rustic rudimentary conditions for holiday visitors that want an authentic, old time bushveld experience. Without even the most basic facilities found in other restcamps, Balule Camp's rustic atmosphere still appeals to the independent, die-hard camper who enjoys the close-to-nature experience.
Balule Camp is a satellite camp of Satara and Olifants Rest camps, and is divided into two, separated by a fence. One section has 6 three-bedded budget huts and communal bathroom and kitchen facilities. Paraffin lamps provide lighting. Each hut is supplied with linen and towels.
The other section of Balule Camp, Kruger Park offers 15 camping sites for tents and caravans, while a large grove of Natal Mahogany, Baobab and Sausage Trees provides a welcome shade from the sun. Facilities such as a shop, a restaurant and a fuel station are available at Olifants Camp, 11km (6.8 miles) to the north. Balule Camp's huts overlook grassed communal areas that are set in beautiful surroundings and are enclosed by an electric fence.
There are also cooking and braai (barbecue) facilities, making Balule Camp, Kruger Park an ideal place for relaxation. Balule Camp is located on the southern banks of the Olifants River, in the Kruger Natinal Park. It is situated about 11km (7 miles) from Olifants Rest Camp and 87km (54 miles) from Phalaborwa Gate.
As a satellite camp of Olifants Restcamp, Balule Camp is not open to day visitors. Balule Camp is managed from Satra and guests should check-in at Satara or Olifants camp. Game Viewing Activities like game drives and guided bush walk are also only available from reception at Satara or Olifants. Daily game drives, night drives enable you to take part in the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures, while in the company of experienced guides and trackers.
Guided bush walks, in the company of trained field guides with backup rifles take groups of up to 8 people out into the bush for a few hours, giving you the opportunity to observe and learn fascinating facts about the African bush. Large cats are frequently spotted in the Muzadzeni area. A large and successful Lion pride operates along the 5100 route that runs east from Satara, hugging the bank of the N'wanetsi stream.
This stretch is especially productive in winter when the veld is dry, and Leopard lie waiting to ambush, the thirsty antelope that come in large herds to drink at the few remaining pools of water. Balule Camp is suitable for all year round visits, and the whole camp can be booked in its entirety or rondawels (huts) and camp sites can each be reserved individually.
The summer months (September to April) are hot, (summer temperatures can climb above 40 C / 104 F). Sporadic summer thunder showers will cool the air and settle the dust, and will be disipate as fast as they appeared, promising not to spoil your stay. Winters, (May to August) are warm and mild, (17-22 C / 60-70 F), although visitors going on night-drives will need warm clothing.
Balule Camp Facilities
- One communal ablution block
- There is a communal kitchen with scullery and gas stoves, and a communal freezer
- There are no shop or restaurant facilities available
- There is no electricity in the camp, however, lanterns are provided
- No reception office at camp (check-in Satara or Olifants)