Unique activities in Balule Game Reserve for animal lovers who want to see more than the traditional Big Five, including night drives, bush walks, specialist photo-safaris and much more.
Balule Game Reserve covers 40 000 hectares on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. That means exceptional Big Five game viewing in a private area where guest numbers are limited. Experienced rangers use their vast knowledge and bushcraft on Balule game drives to search for the much sought after Big Five and other plains game such as Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe. Open vehicles add a greater sense of adventure for close encounters with African wildlife.
During the night safari, your stops will be made to photograph the stunning sunsets and to listen to the night sounds. Powerful spotlights are used to locate elusive nocturnal animals. Also, Balule offers a bush walk with an armed ranger adds the thrill of encountering animals on foot. The focus is on tracks, scats and other signs of the wild not normally encountered from a game vehicle. You witness the daily experiences of the animals by sharing their game paths, waterholes and become deeply entrenched in their environment.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Rehabilitation Centre is a home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. A visit to the Centre is “an experience of a lifetime” and will leave you with lasting memories. We invite you to come and share a unique experience with us.
In the breaks between the game drive, you can taste wine from the wine cellar. You will have the opportunity to taste African wines and we are convinced that everyone will be able to find something for themselves.
There are many species of fish to be caught in the Balule Private Game Reserve. Apart from the relaxing aspect of fishing, it is a glorious way to be at one with the bush, listening to the chirping of the various bird species or the sounds of Hippos in the distance.
Returning to your camp after a successful evening game drive, you are greeted with the enticing sight of beautifully presented dining tables all encircling a roaring fire. Sitting down next to the crackling fire you are warmed by its dancing heat as the evening.
The best way to end the day is to swim in a pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding. The swimming pools are well situated for both bird watching and game viewing, whilst cooling off with a refreshing drink in hand.
What better way to work up a sweat on the various gym machines while looking over the bush below. A well-equipped gym caters to your need for physical exertion when the African pot begins to pad the hips and you have had adequate time relaxing on your deck.
Balule Private Game Reserve offers not only viewing of famous Big 5, but also different types of birds. Africa’s highest level of endemism in the most accessible setting: 185 bird species are endemic or near endemic to southern Africa. With its scenic and botanical wealth, South Africa contains two of Africa’s four biodiversity hotspots as defined by Conservation International.
Massages, skin & beauty Spa treatments, promises an aura cleanse, body balance & sensory experience. Our massage retreats will leave you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. The perfect place to rest and relax, this haven of tranquillity offers the ultimate African Spa experience.
Visitors may head out on foot with their armed ranger. The perspective of the bush is entirely different to that of a vehicle, and guests will learn to read the signs of the wild, and perhaps come into close contact with the different animal species on the reserve.
Weddings & Honeymoons
For the couple who seeks an intimate destination, without “frills” but with a heart of warm African hospitality, beautiful sunsets, panoramic views and beautiful accommodation – Balule Private Game Reserve is the place for romance. Escape to the place buried in the wild of Africa.
Game drives are interpretive drives in the bush specially adapted four-wheel drive vehicles, with the purpose of finding wildlife in a natural habitat. Rest your feet while going deeper and farther than you ever thought possible for up-close game encounters you won’t believe. Also, there are night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, which bring the bush to life at night.
In national parks and some other reserves, rules prohibit leaving the designated safari paths. But the wildlife are not always considerate enough to stay nearby. Get better vantages (and better photos) by heading off-road or watching animals from the hide.