Engage with nature and experience an African safari in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park and a sanctuary to African Big 5. Embark on thrilling 4x4 game drives and spot a diverse range of African wildlife and bird species. Keep an eye out and your camera ready for African Big 5, including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos.
Stay in a small safari camp with only four tented style rooms. The camp allows a maximum of eight guests at a time ensuring that you have personal attention at all times and that you are welcomed into the safari family from the moment that you arrive.
This Balule safari package gives you the option to choose between a road transfer and flight from Johannesburg. Please bear in mind that the road transfer from Johannesburg to Balule Game Reserve is lighter on the wallet but it will take about 8 hours of travel time. The flight option is slightly more expensive but cuts down the travel time to 2 hours. If you choose the flight option we will add in free access to a premier lounge at the airport to relax and refreshen.
Depart from Johannesburg and enjoy a scenic road transfer or alternatively a time-saving flight to the Balule via Hoedspruit. On arrival at your Balule safari camp, you will have time to check into your room and freshen up. All the tented style rooms are en-suite with inside baths and outside showers as well as small private viewing decks for an authentic safari experience.
The main lodge area boasts a viewing deck with boma fireplace and pool which overlooks a waterhole in front of the lodge. In the afternoon climb aboard an open 4x4 safari vehicle for your first game drive. Along the way, you will stop for sundowners and enjoy a true African sunset before starting the night game drive back to the lodge.
The night game drives offer an opportunity to spot the more elusive nocturnal animals. You arrive back at the camp in time for a scrumptious dinner on the deck under the African sky.
Wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee before embarking on your morning safari. From your open safari vehicle, you can spot various wildlife such as the cheetah, wild dog, zebras, and the famous African Big 5, which include the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo.
Later, you will arrive back at the camp for a delicious breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and have a siesta, read a book or laze by the pool on the main deck. Take a warm jacket and head out on an evening game drive, ending with sundowner drinks overlooking gorgeous views in the bush. Back at the lodge, enjoy traditional meals and dine under the African sky.
This is the final day of your South African safari. This morning you will have a final game viewing activity and a hot breakfast before checkout. A road transfer or flight takes you back to the Johannesburg via Hoedspruit. The road transfer only arrives between 18h00 and 18h30.
If you need to arrive earlier we suggest skipping the long road transfer and flying back to Johannesburg or even Cape Town. Our Destination Specialist can customize your safari to suit your needs.