See a Balule Big 5 Safari Package based on this lodge.
Sausage Tree Safari Camp offers up a good dose of that authentic old-style safari, sleeping under canvas in tent-style accommodation.
At this intimate camp (smaller than most in the region) you’ll feel closer to nature than ever waking up among the surrounding Marula, Knobthorn and Sausage Trees. Each tent is elevated to make the most of the views over the nearby river bed. From the main area of the camp, on a clear day, you’ll even be able to spot the Drakensberg Mountains rising up in the distance.
What makes Sausage Tree Safari Camp so special is that it retains a friendly, homely atmosphere. This is in due part to it being family-owned and operated. During your stay, it’s likely you’ll even rub shoulders with the owners themselves; Sonja and James, who are still very much involved in the running of the camp.
Meals are served on the open deck which features views of the bush and waterhole which is frequently visited by a variety of resident animals. The bar area and communal lounge are both great for kicking back with a crisp drink and engaging in some light convo with some of the guides and other guests, but it’s the refreshing deck pool that becomes the centre of attraction on those hot summer afternoons.
With the free flow of animals into Balule Nature Reserve from the Kruger National Park, you’ll have direct access to a wide range of prolific wildlife including the Big 5 on 4x4 guided game drives, and that all without having to compete with the safari crowds. What’s not to like about that?