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Re: Balule question

Unread postby Hugh » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:19 pm

We have just spent 4 nights there ... lovely even though it was 45C
You can easily drive to Letaba then drive the short trip up to Olifants book in and then take the river road ( saw quite a bit of game there) the bridge might even be completed by April as they were ever so busy with it while we were there . just had to put concrete over a small portion at the Balule end. so you might be lucky
Are you in Huts or camping We were in hut number 6 which is closest to the river If the road is not complete the lower road was choc full of game include lion
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Re: Balule question

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:46 am

Over Dec 2014, we stayed in hut number 6, right on the fence, it was more than amazing, on our last night a breeding herd of ellies were grazing along the fence, they were so close that we could smell them and see every detail of them, my hubby always says that this was our best ever elephant sighting ever :D :D
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Re: Balule question

Unread postby Lepardfan » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:14 am

I will not add any other advice to that that has been given already.

But be assured, you will want to come back to Balule again and again. It is just such a wonderful camp, by far one of our most favorite camps in Kruger. :mrgreen: The camp definitely gives one the feeling of what Kruger used to be many years ago.

Hope you have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Balule question

Unread postby roaneric » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:20 am

Thanks so much for the advise everyone

Now I just CAN'T wait. :dance: :dance: :dance: We will check in at Olifants and then drive strait to Balule. Keep your thumbs crossed that the bridge will be open by the 28th of April. :pray:

Lepardfan wrote: But be assured, you will want to come back to Balule again and again.


That's why I want to be there as early as possible and leave as late as possible the next morning so that we can experience everything Balule has to offer us.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby leervis » Fri May 15, 2015 8:23 am

Another reason for visiting Balule, as if we need another, they never have loadshedding at Balule!
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby leervis » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:12 pm

Just had another 4 nights at this wonderful camp. So pleased that we will be back soon. Titus is amazing keeping all in ship shape. Having the bridge open is also great. Got to be my fav. camp so far.
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Re: Balule satelite camp :)

Unread postby Philip1 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:56 pm

NatureLover12 wrote:Hey everyone :o we are visiting Balule camp in the Kruger in October and I have never been to that camp so I am very excited :D :dance: I would like to know how is the game viewing in that area and aswell how the campis beacause I heard there is no electricity there! So I would just like to know what to expect :think: We are sleeping in one of the huts there! Really excited :tongue:


NatureLover12, well, if you love nature, you are going to the right place. :mrgreen:
Game viewing anywhere, is "at that moment". (I think). The roads S89, S90, S91and S92 were enjoyable to us and we saw a variety of game (Lions etc.), plus kills. :)

Every night the staff will lite a lantern for you. There are communal kitchens, Deep freezers and boiling water for tea or coffee etc. all the time plus Braai area in front of your "hut".

You will not be sorry. :)

We used to sit and watch Hyena and other game patrolling the fence. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:38 am

It is indeed a rustic camp and, now that the bridge over the Olifants is open again, even better than before. The rare Pels Fishing Owl is sometimes sighted in the area and I enjoy the winding, gravel roads as you never know what turn will yield a sudden surprise. The views across the river at various points are spectacular. A different experience that I have always loved. I have seldom had a game drought in the area and can remember some wonderful sightings over the years.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby kallis1786 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:23 am

Hi Everyone :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

Its been long since I visited the forums, but I will be going to Kruger to spend Christmas there and will be spending the night in Balule and Croc Bridge.

I am not a very huge fan of camping and hence opted for the huts at Balule, Since there will be no power in the huts, I got a question to ask, how do you charge the phones, the cameras etc.

I have got an battery operated fan which I bought from CUM during Load Shedding times which should hopefully manage to get me some sleep.

But am thinking how do I manage to keep my cameras charged for 2 days??? :redface: :roll:

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:28 am

I suggest you investigate, and invest in car charges. For phones and tablets that is not a problem, not sure about your camera batteries. We have an inverter - but if you do consider buying one, ensure you get good advise on what type of inverter to buy. Be specific in your needs; ie that it will even work with laptops.

Or - do as I have done, have a picnic at Olifants day visitors site, and while there plug into the electricity in the kitchen there.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby kallis1786 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:33 pm

Thank You so much :gflower:

I will definitely keep that in mind. I'll stop at Olifants Day Visitors sight. Seems Like a good option.

Besides that it should be an adventure and an experience :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby Tessa G » Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:10 pm

I have a question... :D

I have for many years wanted to stay in a hut at Balule, but the only time of the year we can get away from our own business is December/January, which is obviously very hot....so here is my question....HOW do people do it, in huts with no fans? :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

The whole atmosphere of the camp attracts me, I am sure I could even cope with the huts not having windows, because I believe you get a draft through the gap between the wall and the thatch, but the heat at that time of year sounds like a real challenge :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:37 pm

Tessa, being next to the river, I do think Balule is probably a little cooler than other camps.

However, a 'little cooler' to extreme heat is not really helpful :lol:

We take spray bottles of water and spray ourselves, and then fan ourselves with a little battery fan. Very cooling ... as long as one can fall asleep then as the night cools, you are more comfortable. Camping has taught us to be very resourceful regarding the heat. I have read many tips - one being taking a cotton sarong and wetting that to lie under; but I still think a plastic spray bottle from a supermarket/plastic shop, and some sort of fan will do the trick.

Balule is really magical, worth getting overheated for ;)

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby Tessa G » Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:43 pm

Thanks DB. We have to give it a go. I have just read this thread from Page 1 and I can see how loved it is and so very special.

I have only been a Krugerholic since Dave introduced me to it 20yrs ago, so of course have never experienced that really old Kruger feel and this camp with its old world charm just really appeals.

Ok :thumbs_up: next trip its a done deal. Unfortunately (fortunately :wink: ) we will be visiting our kids and grandies in UK December 2016, but who says we cant start planning for 2017!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread postby kallis1786 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:01 am

Hi Tessa

I was also worried about the heat but managed to find a really good fan from a camping store which I bought during the load shedding era, and it works wonders, and as DB said its all about falling asleep, after that you should not have many problems.

By the way DB, by the looks of things you know the camp very well. What are the chances of me ending my kitty drought, because this entire year I have not seen a single kitty :redface: :shock: :wall: , but have seen lots and lots of Wild Dogs :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

So this trip I booked after coming back from Punda on Sunday again without seeing a cat :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: , so needed to book a quick trip, in order to have cats in the album of 2015 :pray: :pray: :pray: , I just hope I get to see even an ear flick at this moment in time :pray: :pray: :pray:


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