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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:55 pm 
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Thanks for the feedback Leervis. I always try and get a couple of days at Balule while in the park. It is one of my favourite camps - for camping or rondavels - and I agree with Hugh, I would'nt miss a trip to Balule, bridge or no bridge. And I am very happy to hear that the work been done on the bridge isn't causing any disruptions and too much noise and that the hyena clan are still around. We are leaving on Friday morning, 24th, and will be spending 1 night P/Kop, 4 nights Balule, 4 nights Satara, and a last night in P/Kop. Extremely long drive from P/Kop to Balule, but it's an amazing drive and certainly not a problem!

Dave, as you can see, we are driving from P/Kop to Balule, so I don't see a problem with you driving from Croc Bridge. It is a long drive, but you can leave the camp really early in December (4.30am I think) and if you stop for a stretch and snack every once in a while, it really is enjoyable. The lack of the bridge will not detract in any way at all. Just some extra km's to drive to get to Olifants. Both the camping and self catering sections at Balule have deepfreeze facilities and although they don't exactly keep anything frozen, they do keep it cold. There is no electricity in the camp, so make sure you have torches, batteries etc. for your stay. This camp is the gem of the KNP and I am sure you, like the rest of us, will fall in love with it. I hope you enjoy your stay immensely. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:37 pm 
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Just spent a magical four nights camping at Balule. My SO is updating our TR with some of our experiences. The camp just seems to grow on one more and more!

The surrounding bush is very dry and so the view to the river is fairly open, and likewise from the other side of the river too.

ImageBalule camp from oppoiste river by dinkybird, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I have done more than 100 Kruger trips since 1985 when I celebrated my 40th birthday at Skukuza. We have stayed in private camps, Jock at least 6 times, most of the donor houses, and all of the bush camps. Camping at Balule last month, October, was a revelation to me. The way the camp is maintained with everything spotless and in the best of working order, the generosity in the size of the camp sites, the grassed lawn in the centre of the camping area for midday relaxation, and of course the way that one is able to be almost in the bush, with an electric fence for protection, was marvellous. The drives in the area are amazing and this will be enhanced with the completion of the causeway. It is almost worth waking at 1 or 2 am for a toilet visit just to return to the camping site and sit outside listening to the bush around you.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I am staying at Balule in just over a month :dance: :dance: :dance: Number 6 is my favourite hut but it does lack in shade slightly, seeing as it is summer would you still try and get number 6 or are their other cooler huts you would suggest :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Imo, would still try for no 6 but if I didn't get it would not be the end of the world, saying that the camp is so small they are all nicely situated and there is not a big difference in positioning. You aren't in camp much during heat of the day and if you are it would be nicer to laze under the trees on a blanket or hammock than in any of the huts. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Sorry, I cannot help out much on the hut side, as we camp there, but when I did look over to that side of the camp, all those staying in huts were outside reading in the lovely shade around the huts and looked cool and relaxed.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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This camp seems build in a very nice place :thumbs_up:

Lovely picture DinkyBird :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Number 3 is nice in the middel with some shade. Any hut is a nice hut in balule.


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