SANParks Balule Rest Camp | Kruger National Park Self Catering Accommodation
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The Balule Rest Camp in the world-renowned Kruger National Park is a small satellite camp set deep in the heart of the park, in the most exquisite topography. Named ‘Balule’ after the Tsonga word for the Olifants River, this camp is one of the best places for guests to experience nature first hand. Situated more or less in the centre of the park, just south of Olifants Camp, Balule lies close to the mighty Olifants River.
With only the most basic of facilities and no electricity, a low fence is the only barrier that separates you from the wilderness, resulting in a true back to basics experience. It is this unique wilderness feel of the camp that makes it a firm favourite with backpackers, the caravanning community and other visitors who want to get away from it all.
The camp has a communal kitchen with a scullery, gas stoves and a communal freezer. One ablution block is available. While there is no electricity in the camp, lanterns are provided. Braai facilities are available.
These basic huts each contain 3 single beds. The huts do not have windows, only vents. The huts have shared use of communal ablutions, and a communal kitchen facility with gas stoves, limited freezer space, and a scullery. There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery.
A maximum of 6 campers, 1 caravan with a side tent and 1 vehicle, or 1 tent and 1 vehicle, or 1 autovilla or motorised caravan will be permitted per site. The sites have shared use of communal ablutions, and a communal kitchen facility with gas stoves, limited freezer space, and a scullery. These sites do not have power points. Extra vehicles are charged an additional fee per night.
Local area description
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights, this is real Africa.The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world. Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians.
Few visitors leave South Africa without visiting the Kruger National Park or one of the private reserves along its borders but it is also frequented by locals in their own vehicles, as you can drive yourself around and stay overnight in one of the many public restcamps. There are also a few exclusive private lodges that have been granted concessions within the Kruger National Park.
The far north of the park is the wildest and most difficult area to access and because of this, it has alluring qualities for the real adventurer.
With greater ecological co-operation across African borders, several countries bordering South Africa have agreed to take down some fences, and those between Kruger and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou, have been demolished to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This unique political innovation is creating a colossal wilderness area.