Balule Private Game Reserve Featured, Parks and Reserves
Balule Private Game Reserve is a collection of private game farms and reserves with no fences between them, allowing for free movement of game throughout the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger conservation area. The perennial Olifants River flows through the centre of the reserve, which attracts a wide variety of wildlife to this plentiful water supply.
* Balule Private Game Reserve Highlights
- ∞Shares unfenced borders with Greater Kruger conservancy
- ∞Excellent value-for-money: not as famous as its neighbours, yet offers same game-rich experience
- ∞Diverse scenery, more interesting than some of the other parks
- ∞Near the escarpment, offers majestic views of Drakensberg
- ∞Big 5 game reserve
- ∞Olifants River attracts a variety of wildlife all year round
Balule Game Reserve is a large Big 5 game reserve. It forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park as a huge, unfenced wildlife conservancy where the animals are allowed unrestricted movement over more than two million hectares.
Olifants Runs Through It
The mighty Olifants River runs through the centre of the Balule Reserve, attracting a large number of wildlife throughout the year, and especially in the dry season (Winter months from June to August). A Big 5 reserve (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), Balule also offers good sightings of cheetah, wild dog and hyena as well as the big plains animals like giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, zebra and various antelope species. The Olifants River teems with hippo and crocodile. Of course, birdlife is also prolific at Balule.
Not as well known as some of the older, private reserves, Balule offers an excellent safari experience with plentiful game, by virtue of the perennial Olifants River. Excellent game viewing is coupled with a more diverse scenery than you'd see at some of the more southern game reserves. Balule is not far from the escarpment and you can get glimpses of the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance.
Life at Balule is slow and unhurried. From game drives to bush walks and relaxing at superb safari lodges. In the evenings, you'll generally enjoy a bushveld boma dinner beneath a star-studded sky. Away from any large cities, the night sky at Balule is breath-taking, and you'll be able to see constellations you've only ever heard of.
Balule is a 5 to 6 hour drive from Johannesburg. It is about 1½ hours' drive northwards from Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport, and about a 2-hour drive south-east from Phalaborwa' Airport. Road transfers can also be arranged.
Our take on Balule
An undiscovered gem in the Greater Kruger's crown, Balule offers an authentic safari experience with excellent game viewing and birding prospects. The scenery is attractive and there are some superb, affordable safari lodges to choose from.
Before you go to Balule Private Game Reserve Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Balule Private Game Reserve
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The Greater Kruger National Park encompasses Kruger National Park and the private game reserves that adjoin it. There are no fences separating them, so the game is free to move between them. It is arguably the most game-diverse area in Africa and you're likely to see a wider range of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects here than anywhere else on the continent.