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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:48 am 
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Here are some pics of the camp. Sorry about the pics being a bit dark, it was really overcast while we were there.

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Lots of shade available but remember to watch out for flooding if you have a floor tent... some areas turn into mini dams.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Camp
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We are staying at Balule next week, pls advise the following:

1. Does the sunset drive out of Olifants pick one up at Balule or does one have to drive to Olifants catch the sunset drive and is one then able to self drive back to Balule in the dark? Or is it is just not possible to do a sunset drive if staying at Balule.

They do collect you at Balule, and drop you off afterwards, so you can do a sunset drive from Balule.

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2.Is there still a river walk from Balule.If so please advise approx times and costs.

Not up to date on costs - but yes, one books at Olifants and then leaves from Olifants around 9/9.30am with the guides, who then drive you to the spot they walk from.

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3.is it better to check in to Balule at Satara or Olifants(coming from the south)?

One can only check in at Olifants - so allow enough time to get to Balule. Its about a 10km drive, very scenic.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Utensils are not supplied for travellers, so it would be important to get the basics.
There is also no electricity, so stocking up with some form of lighting would also be essential.
There is a communal freezer and boiling water is available in the communal kitchen.

Are you staying at any other camps?
Many things can be purchased in Phalaborwa, Hazyview or Hoedspruit.
I find that the prices are better and the range of goods is wider than the camp shops.

You would need the basic cutlery, plates, cups and utensils.
Don't forget the barbeque equipment either. I also like to have a flask for coffee on the drives.

I would also suggest a cooler bag of sorts.
It is possible to stock up on ice regularly at the camp shops.
I find that keeping things cool can be rather a challenge.

It is very dark, so headlamps and some form of communal light would also be important.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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One word of advice, check the prevailing wind direction as well as you can.
This is not for fire hazard or possible dirt blowing into your face while having a braai or the direction of the braai smoke maybe blowing into your face.
It is for a sound sleep and not being woken up suffocating on the horrid smell of Hyena passing wind in close proximity. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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 Post subject: Re: Check in at satellite camps?
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It is a satellite of Satara, but you can check in at Olifants.

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 Post subject: Re: Check in at satellite camps?
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From what I remember on the booking information it says check in for Balule is at any of the main camps, preferably Satara. Other satellite camps have specific main camps or gate to check in.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule in October
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There are two gas freezers at both the camping and hut sections of Balule. They may not freeze your meat but the freezers will keep your fresh items cold.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Raasblaar wrote:
Balue :mrgreen:

I've been wanting to book at Balule for the past 3/4 years now, but have always changed my mind at the last second...

Not because of the lack of electricity or the 'rustic' nature of the camp. NO, because of the thought of getting up at 3am to use the facilities :big_eyes: ( Really don't like those rustling bushes in the dark night. :shock: I am as sissy , I know, but since I'm a girl, I think it's allowed)

But finally biting the bullet (might need to swing by Nelspruit Hospital on my way to the camp for catheter insertion) and so excited!

Reading the posts on the forum and simply can't wait. 2 Questions for you experienced Balulites:

1. Does the huts have the standard KNP braais outside/in front of them or are they limited to the camping area?

2. Does the huts have the standard table and 3 chairs or do I need to pack my own?

Only 10 months to go!!


I hope this picture(s) from 2005 will help a little bit.

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BTW, i know this problem, going in the night to the ablutions. I took an empty 5 litre bottle with me in the hut. And every morning, i forgot to bring it to the ablutions. But no problem, the excellent staff cleaned every day the bottle. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Balule was our favourite camp! We wished that there had been availability to stay more than 4 nights. We even contemplated not leaving and seeing how long it took for our jobs to find us again LOL

We camped and had the most awesome time.

With regards to the loo's at night - take a head lamp, or like us plan it for when the moon is almost full. I didn't need a light at all getting to the loo's - but inside is creepy dark! I'd definitely recommend showering in the afternoons!

But what an amazing location! The hippos laughing at us most of the night, the lions in the distance, the hyena not so far away and we even heard the leopard one night! Bliss!!!

Can't wait to go back next year again!

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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The sunrises from the Balule area are spectacular. Taken on the S90 2 kms before Bangu Windmill

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi John I once did a walk from Balule and had one of the best game rangers there. You can book for the different activities at Olifants when you are there and they will pick you up at the entrance to Balule at a specific time and drop you back when done, if I remember correctly prices were the same as normal. Hope you enjoy your stay there.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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No u don't have to book a stand. Stand no 3 looked like a nice stand lots of shade but I gues it is up to u and it depends where u get a suitble spot. Well to be honest with u the first night I have already decided that I would go back to Balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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If I remember correctly we had stand 6 and it was great. lots of shade and level enough. Only thing was our fence view was slightly obscured.

I will definitely try make it back to Balule sometime, it was really peaceful and tranquil

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I know that this question has been asked before but it has been awhile since being asked.

How is the communial freezer at Balule holding up these days? We are there for 3 days at the end of June and then we are off to other parts of the park for a total of 2 weeks so will will have 2 weeks of frozen meat with us when we check into Balule. Going out of the park to purchase meat is not an option for us either.

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