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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:55 pm 
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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

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Dear All,

It is with a level of sadness that I inform you that Balule was quite extensively damaged by the 18 January 2012 flood as the Olifants (to my best knowledge) reached record levels not previously recorded (in history of the park). Even the old historic huts have been damaged with doors washed away. Kitchen and ablutions also damaged extensively and then fence of course. Will require careful thinking and planning to restore to former glory!

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 Post subject: Balule Camp Site
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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:


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Camp Site
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Last question :redface:

Are there urns in the communal kitchen at Balule with hot water? Not sure if they can be run on gas or what :?


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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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

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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john n poppy wrote:
Hi threedogs,

I gathered the first bit was a joke.....i hope!!!!!

but mean as nothing was mentioned about the huts i was unsure....

john :thumbs_up:


John - the first bit was a joke.
The huts had some damage - they were being repaired when we were the just after the camping opened - 21-25 March. Or at least you could see they were attempting to repair some damages with all the rubble lying about. New slabs within te huts, new door frames, cracks filled up, paint job etc were completed. Should possiblly be open already otherwise it will be in the near future.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I hope they refit the doors with a screen door, as well as a solid door.
Would be great to sleep just with a screen door closed in the hot evenings, as the ventilation in those units is very low.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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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)


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I assume the low level bridge nearb Balule is still under constuction ?
I hope there is not noise from the constuction process when I am there in 2 weeks time ...

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Ndloti, I was there during late August and there was not a worker in sight.

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The camp itself is absolutely pristine.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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It is on my list of places to stay next :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Photos (taken 12/09/2012) from Foxy :

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At balule bridge and the detour after olifants river

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