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5 Things To Seek

  1. Hippopotamus
  2. Elephant
  3. Pel's Fishing Owl
  4. Hyena
  5. Goliath Heron

Contact Olifants

  • Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6606/7
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6609

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Balule Camp is managed from Olifants Camp. Guests are required to report to Olifants or Satara camps for check-in. Accommodation at Balule camp is ideal for backpacking, camping and caravanning communities looking for a self-catering bushveld experience.

To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs

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There are no activities available from Balule, however...

Tariffs for Activities

These activities will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, as well as further details for these activities are available from reception at Olifants.


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How to get there

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

Phalaborwa Gate

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Camp Layout

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Vital Information

There is no electricity - lanterns are provided.


Please ensure that your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many exciting and unusual creatures but without knowledge some of them could be dangerous:

If you must walk around at night please DO NOT DO SO WITHOUT A TORCH.

Remember: by feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become aggressive!


Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Day visitors

Day visitors are not permitted in Balule. However, Olifants has a designated picnic area for day visitors. It is located behind the camp’s reception offices. Clear signage in the camp will direct you. Gas cooking facilities are available for rent.

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Flora and Fauna


Olifants Mammals

The Olifants area plays host to most of the park’s classic larger game. As the name of the camp suggests, elephant are common in the area.Baboon and Vervet Monkey both inhabit the camp as do fruit bats and thick-tailed bush babies at night. Lion and leopard are regularly seen on game drives.Cape Clawless Otter has been seen from the Olifants lookout point on the gravel road to Letaba.


Olifants is situated in rugged veld on rhyolite / basalt soil. Lowveld cluster-leaf, Raisin Bush and Mopane are all prominent in the area. Just south of the river is the transition zone between thornveld and the mopane belt. Visitors can thus have the enriching experience of game viewing in both ecozones.

In the camp itself there is a plethora of trees and plants, some that are scarce elsewhere in the park. A variety of aloe species are a real highlight.Next to the filling station there is a Sesame Bush.This is probably the only accessible place in the park where it can be seen.

In early spring the Sjambok Pod (yellow flowers) and Weeping Boerboon (red flowers) are both in bloom so the veld is a contrast of colour.Also look out for tree euphorbia.

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)

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Birding in Olifants

Two birds to look out for on the Olifants River are White-frontedPlover and White-crowned Lapwing (Plover), both of which can be seen in the riverbed. The bridges on the main tarred road and at Balule are the places to look for these species. Search the riparian trees on the Olifants River near Balule for the Pel’s Fishing-Owl. It is occasionally seen on night drives from the low level bridge here, while it has also been seen infrequently from the high level bridge on the main tar road. This low level bridge adjacent Balule is an extremely productive venue.

During the day one will get close encounters with several stork, heron and kingfisher species while the lure of the Fishing Owl by night is a big incentive. It is usually seen on the same sand-bank adjacent the same river pool. Only a few metres away, a White-backed night heron is sometimes seen. Then, at dusk in November 2002 a Black Egret (very rare in the park) was watched from only 5m away as it employed its definitive umbrella-wing fishing technique.

Camp bird-life in Olifants, like all camps is busy. Red-winged Starlings are particularly prominent. Trumpeter Hornbills and Acacia Pied Barbet are regularly seen in camp, and when the many aloe plants in camp are in flower, they act as a magnet for sunbirds. Rufous-bellied Heron has been recorded on the Olifants River a little downstream of the camp. Unconfirmed reports of Woodward’s Batis offer an exciting possibility.

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