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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:58 am 
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If I recall correctly there are quite a few established trees in the centre between huts and camping. Should not have a problem with shade close by.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 3:13 pm 
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No 6 has no shade, you will have to move away a little for shade under the sausage tree. This hut is a favourite, being on the perimeter fence, but it also has several braais in front of it and it can quite busy if there is a group who want to braai and eat together (about 20m from your door). No 5 has shade and privacy (and a good river view if you face away from the rest of the huts), while 3 and 4 are shady and close to the bathrooms. I avoid 1 as it's close to the camp site's fence and is sometimes noisy. 2 has some shade too. Gazebo? Have never seen one up, and doubt it's a necessity. However, there is nothing I wouldn't accept at Balule!


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:02 pm 
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spargish,
if you want shade for siesta time in the afternoon/ mid day ,the big Boab and friends next to the bathrooms work well for the car(side nearest to the gate).I think the trees in the middel of the hut section is cool enough for just relaxing and the sun starts to be more bearable this time of year.
enjoy! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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We are going to be camping at Balule in August :dance: . Can anyone tell me if one can do a bush walk from there? I am desperately wanting to see a Pels Fishing owl and have been told there is a good chance in that area? :pray: .
Second question, if walks are available...how tough are they, consider myself fairly fit...just do not want to hold up a group of marathon walkers! :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Imvubu, you can book a walk at Olifants, and the guides will collect you at the gate at Balule. We have done this numerous times and loved our walks along the river.

We booked a morning walk which we did last month and were lucky they chose to walk along the river that day - right past where the Pels roost. (But no sighting for us that day.)

You can also book a River Walk (I think this is still an option) which will definitely take you along the river. It is shorter and sets off later in the day than the morning walk. But again, I am not sure if they always walk in the same area along the river, so you need to check.

They guides do pace the walks and often stop to inform one of interesting things along the way. Perhaps the most challenging for us was getting down and up through the couple of little spruits that were running at the time. A bit of rock jumping. And I am by no means a marathon walker, and coped fine.

I suggest you call Olifants and tell them where you would like to walk and wish to see the Pels and ask them to advise you.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Just returned from Balule, and it once again confirmed why it is one of the most special place in Kruger :mrgreen:

We ere lucky enough to get hut number 6 as well! Also a big Well Done to Titus ans Co who run a fantastic camp :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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spargish, we also love Balule, we have been very blessed this year as we will be in Balule for 2 nights in Dec, we will also be in a hut, which hut is the best (in your opinion)? We have camped at Balule before and loved every minute of our stay, thank you

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:43 am 
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I would say that 1 and 6 are the best as they are probably the most private where 2-5 are a lot closer to each other. Huts 1-5 all have a good shade covering and will be cooler in summer, 6 doesn't have any shade but you just need to have your table and chairs a short distance under the lovely trees.

Number 6's braai is about 1,5m away from the fence and you still have a decent river view while sitting around he fire.

But in all honesty there is no bad hut at Balule

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi , the low level bridge over the Oilfants, is it in operation all ready?


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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The bridge is still closed.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Koos, they are hoping it will be open again by the end of the year.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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:cry: Have just spoken to a lady at Olifants re the river walk and she said that, although they still have the walk, it seems the Pels Fishing owls have moved...they have not been seen for a very long time. The buggers did not even leave a forwarding address :evil: !

Anybody seen any lately?

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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mizzbee wrote:
I just love Balule. I am sitting here right now.



Are you getting a signal there :hmz:

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Yes there is 082 signal there :D

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There is cell coverage albeit intermittent.

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