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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:11 am

Thank you so much for the photos Dalene :gflower: :gflower:

The excitement is mounting.................................... :dance:
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:20 pm

Looking forward to stay in Balule the last 3 nights of May. Except for a quick stop (before Balule was declared for "Overnight Visitors Only), we have not stayed in Balule again after our one and only stay in 1981. I cannot believe it was 35 years ago. The photos do look inviting.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:33 pm

Stoffel, better book Unit 6.....................unless your camping?
I will go 'inspect' the camp for you guys and revert back............... :P
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:36 pm

RemiE - We will be there with our caravan. 35 years ago we stayed in one of the huts - our two children were still pre-school age. I recall the wonderful night sounds of Balule - especially the hippos. Another memory of Balule is the huge fire that was made every night and all visitors having their braai together while sharing their sightings of the day and other stories. In 1987 they still made a big fire in Orpen too, but they brought your coals to your braai in front of your hut. Nostalgic memories!!
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:53 pm

Wow Stoffel. :clap:
That is nostalgic Kruger at its epitome.

I was last there in 2004, so it’s a good 12 years since my last visit. I was fortunate to have gone there with my grandparents and remember we stayed in Hut 1, the small paraffin lamp that was bought to us, the sound of the river and the non-stop laughter of the hyenas…………never felt so close to nature

I’m sure after 35 years the wait will be worth the while for you guys :D
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:54 pm

Balule is still very special. We have only ever camped there, and always try and spend a week each year there. Try and get the front right corner site Stoffel - it is the most popular as very shady and has two side of the fence.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:02 pm

Thanks for the suggestion DB. What a pity that one cannot ask for a specific camp site (like accommodation units) in advance. But I have learned over the years - when camping in Kruger, try to be at your next camp as early as possible. Let's hope to be lucky with the suggested site (if it is open). We have a relatively short distance to cover from Letaba to Balule.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:56 pm

I agree, aim to arrive about 9am. Book in at Satara o your way past.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by leervis » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:04 am

Dinkybird, you make me so homesick with these great images. Such a great camp.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by NogardGio » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:53 am

Apologies
Either (A) this period is fully booked, (B) you are checking a period beyond the provided 13 months in the future, or (C) the accommodation is out of commission due to renovations.


SanPark has closed bookings for Baule ...due renovations ?

Someone knows something?
I have a reservation for August in the campsite and do not want to have problems, even annoying work in progress
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:33 pm

Hi NogardGio,

I have just gone onto the Balule online reservations and see no mention of a problem or any renovations being done. Maybe go in and check again and check also that you had this years date entered and not next years. That can sometimes cause this sort of message to come up.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RosemaryH » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:57 pm

I have also checked accommodation availability for August 2016 and not finding a problem or message as such.

I would agree with Tessa G that you should check that you have selected the correct period.

NogardGio wrote:[i]Apologies
SanPark has closed bookings for Baule ...due renovations ?


I do believe that if a camp was to be closed completely for any reason, SANParks reservations would inform and make arrangements with holders of existing reservations. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by NogardGio » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:52 pm

mmmm....strange
i have checked again now in reservation availability and i give always msg with apologies etc.etc.
and in Reservation Online Booking there isn't Balule in Kruger camp list...maybe is a bug.....
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Berg En Dal 26 August 16
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:03 pm

Which dates are you selecting when you check availability NoguardGio?
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:35 pm

Strange, same thing is happening to me

Selected August 2016


August 2016

Apologies

Either (A) this period is fully booked, (B) you are checking a period beyond the provided 13 months in the future, or (C) the accommodation is out of commission due to renovations.
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