Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 4 of 6
 [ 85 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:21 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 43506
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
We were there when it was terribly hot and the freezers were battling to be honest. People had filled them trying to get cold water etc and I just do not think the freezers could cope with that and the heat of the day. I assume that at the end of June the weather will be cooler so the freezers will cope better. You might battle for space tho if the camp is very busy.

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:47 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 2:15 pm
Posts: 1902
Location: Johannesburg - too far from the closest Sanpark
Freezers were perfect for already-frozen food over Easter

_________________
The 'mite formerly known as joshilewis

FGASA Level 1 Guide

Glen Reenen TR

15-18 June: Berg-en-dal


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 8:58 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:30 pm
Posts: 177
Keep meat frozen, this is what I will do, it works every time; vacuum pack each braai or portion. your butcher or supermarket will do this.
Freeze these packs 5-7 days before the trip.
The cooler box must be filed with 50% solid ice. plastic ice cream buckets 2 liter type works well and must also put in deep freezer long before trip(clear ice)
just before we left I pack the cooler box only with meat and ice then I sealed it with masking or ducting tape.
the box must be packed in the shade as you drive or put something like a duvet/blanket over it.
open only when taken meat out and seal again.
it will kept your meat frozen for at least 3-4 days .
second cooler are for daily use and keep the other stuff cold, that is also the one with the ice from the camps etc.
ps. if ice start melting let water out only when you take the meat out once a day.

_________________
SAY NO TO HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN KRUGER !

NO to frackers products


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:07 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4776
Location: Johannesburg SA
FAC Member (2013)
I have a dumb question that I hope the Balule goers can help me with ...
If you stay in Balule without power, then how do you charge your camera's? :hmz:
Also I take my laptop (which has a hopeless battery and needs electricity) to load my pics from my camera on to, so that I free up space for more photies!

How do you Balule goers manage? :lol:

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:28 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:47 pm
Posts: 342
Location: DURBAN
I always ensure that all batteries for my camera are fully charged before staying at Balule.

There are power points available in the kitchens and picnic spots at the other camps nearby so you could recharge batteries there while having a leisurely lunch or breakfast.

_________________
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:55 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 43506
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
Yip, zero electricity at Balule.

If you are going to stay in a camp without electricity for a while and will need to charge camera/phone batteries the simplest option is a car charger (off your cigarette lighter socket). Next step up will be an inverter - but be careful as only certain ones charge laptop batteries. They are pretty pricey.

One trip I was urgently needed to do work on my laptop and the battery was flat and only then we realised our inverter did not charge the laptop battery. We were in Balule for a week. I went to the day visitors area at Olifants to plug in and do the work that I had to. I really do not think though, Kruger will encourage this as you can imagine what it will be like if 10 people pitched up at a picnic area to 'plug in'.

Or investigate some sort of solar power generated chargers :D

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Balule Camp Site
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:47 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:45 pm
Posts: 27
Location: Unfortunately NOT The Bush !!!
Hi All

I am contemplating changing my camping accommodation to Balule but I need to know a couple of things - if anyone in the know could please advise:

- How shady is the camp site?
- Is the camp accessible now after the floods in January 2012?
- Would you visit this camp with a 4yr old child?

Thanks - think that is about it for now :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Camp Site
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:03 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 43506
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
Hi Schnooks

There are shady spots in the camping area. Not all campsites have shade though. Some have lovely shade.

There is a lovely shady grassy area in the middle of the camp if you just want to lie and read on a blanket in the shade.

The camping area is now accessible and open again after the floods.

Last Q is a difficult one. It depends on the nature of your child. If you have a child that has a quieter nature and is happy to sit and play quietly, then the camp is fine. But if your child needs space to run and play and let off a bit of steam, you might find camping at Balule a little stressful.

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:30 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 43506
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
No urns, but a huge kettle on the gas which the camp attendant Titus puts on to heat early in the morning. But people also manage to empty it very quickly and you can get there and there is no boiling water. So if possible take your own little kettle.

And ask away as many Qs as you like, we love answering them :D

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:01 pm
Posts: 61
Location: Cape Town
I was hoping to get Hut Number 6 (the one next to the fence) on my next visit, but only number TWO and number FOUR are available.

I imagine there is not much in it, but for those who have stayed at Balule before, given a choice, which one would you choose? 2 or 4?

(Here's the map to jog your memory: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/balule/images/maps/balule_map.jpg)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:48 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger

Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 10:35 am
Posts: 1028
Really nothing in it as the camp is so small, 2 you will have more traffic from gate and 4 is closer to ablutions and freezers, so I would probably go 4. But either is ok.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:58 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:52 pm
Posts: 2603
Location: VEREENIGING
We spent a week camping in Balule and guess where we will be going camping again.

The camp is neat and well kept, Titus is friendly, the ablutions and kitchen areas are clean.

The paraffin lamps still have a bit of the old charm.

The gas deep freezes are brand new.

12 Hyaenas (4 generations) at the den 2 km from the camp.

3 Black Rhino, a Leopard a couple of Lions, Plenty of Buffalo,many Elephants good birding.

No there are no screen doors to the refurbished huts but there is talk of them being fitted.

And most of all the visitors to this camp just seem to interact more with one another and just seem a bit friendlier than in the other camps, however - campers normally are.

While we were there a group of Belgian scientists arrived - their assignment was to evaluate the water quality of the Olifants River.

Maybe SANParks could provide us with a link to where we could have a look at their findings.

_________________
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 144 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:23 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:47 pm
Posts: 342
Location: DURBAN
Ndloti, I was there during late August and there was not a worker in sight.

Image

The camp itself is absolutely pristine.

Image

_________________
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:07 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am
Posts: 43019
Location: Worcester, South Africa
Photos (taken 12/09/2012) from Foxy :

Image

Image

Quote:
At balule bridge and the detour after olifants river

_________________
aquila non capit muscas


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:52 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:17 pm
Posts: 1
We enjoyed our six night stay in the Balule camp.
The camp is well looked after by Titus.
Every morning the braai and dustbin was cleaned and emptied.
The ablution was spotless.
The camp was busy at night time but never full.
The low level bridge is still under construction and i don't believe it will be ready by the 15th of next month as per their website.
The park seem to be very wet, we had rain and cloud cover for two days,the rest was very hot.
The wind also shook the caravan the one night.
The game viewing was not to bad,for the cats we only saw lion.
Balule will see us again.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 85 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Stampajane at 13:37:13 Submitted by Shiba at 06:17:02 Submitted by Anonymous at 08:45:45 Submitted by Kiepersol at 21:06:37