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Re: Where to check in for Balule?

Unread post by SerenitySeeker » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:14 pm

Thanks, Dalene! My reservation info is dated 28 September.

Given the choice, which would be quicker: check-in at Letaba or Olifants, and then on to Balule?

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Re: Where to check in for Balule?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:19 pm

Definitely Letaba - when you get to the cross roads, about 50km on the tar from the gate, you have 1km to the camp (and then back). Olifants is 8km from the turn off on the tar road to the camp and add to that 10km to Balule, which is only an extra 9km to Balule via the S91 - a difference of 9km, which is actually a fair bit at the speeds you have to drive.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by kallis1786 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:53 pm

Hi SS

I also did some research on Balule. I booked my accommodation last week and it says I can check in at Satara or Olifants, but I went on the Balue Camp Page on this website, and it says check in can be done at Letaba, Olifants, Orpen or Satara

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/balule/tourism/accommodation.php But I personally feel its better if you check in at Olifants just to avoid disappointment, and just to make sure you are more on track of time, I personally feel Olifants would be better, because by being at Olifants, you know your camp is only 10kms away, so you have more of an idea on how long you have got with sightings.

but that is just my opinion. At the end is upto you. Enjoy :D :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by leervis » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:26 am

I have always used Olifant's to check in for Balule. It works very well and the staff at Olifant's are great. If you only get to Phalaborwa at 3pm, you will be fine to get to Olifant's - Balule in time, I estimate 2 - 3 hours max, but don't stop too long at the leopards - lions etc. on the way. A portable fan, at that time of the year is a really good idea. We use one that can be recharged in the car as we do our day drives. Balule is my favourite camp by far. It has a great location as you can drive North - West or South East. Titus, the camp manager is super-good at his job, he has been at Balule for more than 25 years! We have seen Leopard, Lion, Cheetah and Wild Dogs in the area and most nights the Hyenas patrol the fence hoping for scraps. I am not sure if you will be in the rondavels or camping, but either way you are sure to have a great time.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lesley Nyawo » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:34 am

kallis1786 wrote:Hi everyone.

Just a quick question. I don't know if it has been asked. Are we as guest at Balule allowed to use the pool at Olifants, or is it strictly for Olifant residents.


Guest staying at Balule are allowed to use the pool at Olifants Camp.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lesley Nyawo » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:54 am

kallis1786 wrote:Hi everyone

Just a another quick question.

The huts at Balule, are they locked? if yes, from where do we collect the keys since check in can be done at any major camp.


Depending on which gates guests use, they can either Check in at Satara or Olifants Camps, thereafter proceed to Balule to collect their keys.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:38 pm

Good day Lesley
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I would like to know if overnight visitors to Balule would also be allowed to make use of the swimming pool in Satara.

We intend checking in at Satara and also to drive the roads between Balule and Satara during our stay there as we would lunch at the restaurant at Satara

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lesley Nyawo » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:08 pm

Dear RemiE

You are most welcome to visit the Swimming Pool at Satara or Olifants as an overnight guest at Balule.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:38 pm

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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 Stoffel » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:24 pm

We are booked (camping) in Balule for the last 3 nights of May. The one and only time we stayed in Balule was in 1981 (in one of the huts) We will be leaving from Letaba where we'll be staying the 3 nights prior. I always heard you can check in at either Olifants or Satara. Looking at the Balule web-site I noticed that one can check in at the mentioned two camps, but also in Orpen and Letaba. Is that still indeed the case? Thus I do not have to travel to Olifants first to check in, but can do so in Letaba?

Experienced Balule visitors - can you confirm?


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