Accommodation near Balule Nature Reserve

In the 1990’s, the area of Balule comprised of private farms, before a group of landowners removed the fences that separated them. By the end of the decade, most had joined in on the initiative. The reasons for doing so were in aid of conservation; to increase the number of grazing areas for local wildlife and reduce the threat of poaching. The amalgamation lead to the development of the Balule Nature Reserve; an ever-expanding 40 000-hectare park which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Game viewers will have the opportunity to spot members of the Big Five as well as other smaller mammals roaming freely about the park. Herds of zebra, wildebeest and impala can found, grazing in open grasslands, while predators such as lions and cheetah lie under shaded, coveted areas to escape the midday heat. Situated in a sub-tropical lowveld, the area is covered by a diverse variety of flora as well as 336 recorded tree species, including Baobabs, Mopane and Marula Trees.

Twitchers are encouraged to bring along their guidebooks, as the reserve boasts an abundance of birdlife. To date, there are 220 recorded species, including raptors such as the Lappet-faced vulture and the Martial eagle.

Overnight visitors can make use of the various accommodations available in the park, which include luxurious game lodges and private resorts. These establishments offer a comfortable stay within the bush.

Visitors who are looking to embark on a unique safari, which sees them getting up-close-and-personal with various forms of game, can sign up for a walking tour in the Kruger National Park. Under the guidance of an experienced game ranger, you’ll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the bushveld. Furthermore, without the roar of your 4x4 scaring off wildlife, you’ll be able to encounter herds of animals at close range. 

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Sausage Tree Safari Camp
0.8 km

From R2490 pps

Our visitors become part of the family Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Tented Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park... More Info

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Naledi Game Lodges
1.2 km

From R2250 pps

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Bushcamp and Enkoveni camp just 5 km from each other in Balule nature reserve, within the borders of the greater Kruger National Park!!!! Bushcamp - Just four magnificently appointed chalets(one fam... More Info

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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
1.4 km

From R1500 pps

Toro Yaka, which means "My Dream" in Northern Sotho, is one-of-a-kind lodge situated in the unforgettably pristine Bushveld of Balule, a 30 000 hectare nature conservancy in the Greater Kruger Nationa... More Info

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Ku Sungula Safari lodge
2 km

From R1150 pps

Ku Sungula is easily accessible by air and road, this magnificent South African safari lodge located in Balule Private Nature Reserve is a haven of old-world charm and stylish splendour. Join us o... More Info

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Masodini Private Game Lodge
3 km

From R1200 pps

Welcome to Masodini Private Game Lodge Ideally situated in the 400000 hectares Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, to offer you the true feeling of Africa. A Bush lover's... More Info

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Kurhula Wildlife Lodge
5.7 km

From R900 pps

Enjoy our unique intimate lodge on the banks of the Olifants river. Unique in it's way because of its beautiful location. The lodge is particularly valued for its high personal service, excellent cuis... More Info

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isiLimela Game Lodge
6.7 km

From R850* unit

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Set on top of a rocky ridge, overlooking the bushveld and Drakenburg mountains,a room with a view awaits you at isiLimela Lodge. These self catering chalets are located 42 km north of Hoedspruit in... More Info

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Ezulwini Game Lodges - River Lodge
7.1 km

From R3850 pps

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Ezulwini Game Lodges are situated in the centre of the Greater Kruger National Park, Balule Nature Reserve section, which is approximately 17 kilometres from Hoedspruit making it easily accessible fro... More Info

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Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
7.3 km

From R2000* unit

Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp is situated on the Blyde and Olifants river in the Balule Nature Reserve. The camp is breakfast included with rooms that can sleep 12 in total and an outside lapa on th... More Info

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Maninghi Lodge
7.5 km

From R500 pps

Maninghi Lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River in the Northern section of Balule Nature Reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park. Our self-catering lodge has the "The Big 5" w... More Info

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Balule Nature Reserve Reviews

Balule Nature Reserve
Unfortunately we did not see so many animals. I suppose it is because of the difficult weather conditions at the moment.
- Juergen Motzkus

Balule Nature Reserve
Pristine. It's very relaxing
- Saul Maseya

Balule Nature Reserve
This was my second time visiting Balule Nature Reserve and I must say the friendliness and professionalism of the guards is such a pleasure. Always friendly and very helpful!
I am yet to spot a lion....

- Nelia Weber