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Balule Satellite Camp - September

Unread post by Festi68 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:32 am

Good day All

I am looking at camping at Balule in Spetember.

Anybody done this before? Actually need to know what the temperatures are like.

Thanks for all comments.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:03 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Festi68! :clap:

Not specific to Balule but a general idea of what September in Kruger can be like.

Enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi Festi68

It can be hot, but always come prepared for some cold too - but mostly warm to hot. And we had one visit there in September where it was windy for a bit. But dont let any of that put your off - Balule is so special, and anytime there is wonderful.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:49 am

An inexpensive spray bottle filled with cool water, and a fan - and your SO will be able to cool down well and enjoy her trip :D
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Sigmund » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:01 pm

We are booked for camping at Balule for the 27th and 28th September 2017.
First visit to Balule and first time camping in Kruger.
Cannot wait :lol:

We've been to KNP three times so far.
2012, 2013 and 2015.....all in last week September running into October.

The first two visits we had pleasant and moderate temperatures.
2015 however was another story altogether. :roll:

Humid and extremely, extremely hot.
So much so, that I dreaded starting a fire and having to braai even as late as 8pm :wink:
2017 Golden Gate NP 22-23 Sep - Crocodile Bridge 24-25 Sep - Balule 26-28 Sep - Satara 29-30 Sep - Lower Sabie 1-6 October

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:30 am

Balule is a very special small camp... :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
The camping ground and surrounds have a wonderful "atmosphere" to it,
It can be very hot, and can get really chilly some nights in September/October
As long as you have a jacket or three and a cuddly blanket for "just in case" :wink:
Im sure you will enjoy, and even fall in love with Balule :thumbs_up: :dance:

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:33 am

It is a camp that is easy to fall in love with.

Last December, I was lucky enough to spend ages and ages watching about 15 hyena playing and doing what hyena do about 2 kms from Balule at one of the culverts. Most were little ones, full of energy and acting like curious, playful puppies.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by G@mespotter » Wed May 24, 2017 10:21 am

Balule is small camp and it feels like it is hidden away, that's why I love it. There are always hyena's around camp 8)
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Festi68 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:58 am

good day all

Has anybody ever had any issues with monkeys or baboons at Balule?

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:57 am

Festi68 wrote:good day all

Has anybody ever had any issues with monkeys or baboons at Balule?


Hi Festi, I have not had a problem with primates, but it is always worth taking the usual precautions.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:46 am

Hi Fest, stayed at Balule in December, and can't even recall seeing a monkey or baboon in camp.

One of the most enjoyable camps to stay at...


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Festi68 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:23 pm

Thanks for the replies.

Will take all the precautions still though.

Was just 'getting ready' and saw an older post where a problem was mentioned. ( OK, it was a very old post )

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by chirinda » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:59 pm

I think there is a large coral tree on the huts side of Balule, does anyone have a pic of it in flower that you could post please? It should be flowering now.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:15 pm

The last post on this Balule thread was done 10 years ago - quite disappointing and something will have to be done to better this situation. I am a caravan camper and my first and last encounter with this little rustic camp was 21 years ago. My dear wife was not impressed with a continuous sand storm of three days during the month of September when we were there. After 21 years of begging she at last agreed to a 5 day camping in Balule during May 2018 - we will be arriving on the 16th after 5 days in Shingwedzi and 5 days in Letaba. Although we have a standard caravan, it is properly equipped with a gas fridge, freezer and stove and fitted out with 12V LED lights.

I am really looking forward to this camping experience and my intention is to post a proper feed back and photographs of this little camp when we return. Should other readers of this thread be visiting Balule before we do in May 2018, please update this thread with information and some photographs.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:17 pm

Apologies - my post above is incorrect - I responded on page 1 of the thread !

Sorry !


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