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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:44 am 
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I spent 4 nights at Balule recently - I agree fully with gmlsmit ...

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Titus and his wife do a great job in making Balule special.


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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..

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Buksv1...Welcome :clap: :clap:
I agree with Cheetah2111

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Excellent news Buks! Will you please report back on your experiences? :D
And if you would like to, you could write a travel tale for us to read :D
But I am very much interested to hear about your experience of Balule as a first timer 8)

Balule is a lovely Sat/camp.....nice drives etc. :mrgreen: You will enjoy it :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Buksv1, Balule is our favourite camp of all time, followed closely by Tsendze

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:52 pm 
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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 ablusion was spotless.The camp was busy at night time but never full.The low level bridge is still under construction and i dont 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.
December we might try Tsendze,if the missus can get of work,we must also fit in a couple of days with the daughter over xmas in Umkumaas.
Balule will see us again.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:48 am 
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We stayed at Balule from 6 - 14 October and still rate it tops. Titus and Mable run a great ship, the repairs have added comfort and the view is superb. Even the ablution block has been spruced up. I have never seen the centre of the park so lush. Game viewing was plentiful, birding obviously better than our usual time in September. One works harder for sightings, but the lower traffic volumes and peace in camp at night far outweigh other considerations. By the way, we stay in the huts, but both huts and camping areas were very quiet. Roll on September 2013 for Tam & Balule, 4 nights in each


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:20 pm 
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The "must-have" Balule sunset pic...

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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*sigh Albert ...

Lovely pic :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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My daughters and I spent 1 night in the Balule huts. This must be the best value for money on the planet, also Kruger's best kept secret.

The low water bridge is still not ready, but the camp was easy to access.

The hyena still does his/her inspection rounds like clock work. The camp was very silent, just perfect in every way.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Anybody that has been to Balule in the last few months please would you be able to post a few pics of the huts, we have not been to Balule for 4 years and now we have managed to secure a booking for Dec 2013 :D :D :D , I have looked at photos on the forums but they are all before the floods in 2012, thanks a ton

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi Tent Dweller, unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the hutss but hopefully someone else has. The huts are still exactly the same apart from a new thatched roof and a new lockable door.
Other than that you won't really notice a difference, perhaps apart from the new small table in the hut.

They are still as hot as ever though and the same old paraffin lamps make it even hotter, so look forward to lovely hot evenings. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:31 pm 
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Hi All,

We stayed in August last year and Balule was as usual great, even better, the floods had removed some of the bush and we could see the river easier, plus with the bridge closed it was quieter, plus the hyena dan was right outside.....

on the negative our friends wanted to book huts, as we are camping in Aug this year and for 10 days in August all the huts were fully booked before we were even able to book.!!!! how can this be so? if it is for a travel company then this sort of full block booking shouldnt be allowed in such a small place :rtm: (but that was only a guess)

john :thumbs_up:

Sorry no pics of balule camp either.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Shows you how popular this little gem of a camp is . There are only 6 huts and certainly you have to check availability on a daily basis even many months ahead :)

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Booking in this coming Saturday - yeah...

So what is the sightings like at Balule at the moment ?

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi Callieh

Welcome to the Forums :mrgreen:

Just over a week or so a go, 10 lions took down a Giraffe about 150m from the Balule gate. As always you need a bit of luck with sightings but I have just returned from a week end at Satara and the s41(even though quite a drive) has been full of Lion activity

Enjoy your stay and Goodluck :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:51 am 
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When I stay at Balule in 3 weeks it will be my first time in the huts. Any one who has stayed there how much shade is there near the huts?

Would one be allowed to put up a gazebo outside your hut?

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