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Balule Rustic Camp Central Region

A small rustic camp close to Olifants Rest Camp, an ideal getaway for those wanting a more bush-like experience.

Overview

Balule Rustic Camp is close to Olifants Rest Camp in the Olifants River valley. It was one of the first camps to allow people of all races to stay together during the apartheid era. The camp has the bare minimum in the way of facilities, but this gives the camp that 'close to nature' feel, making it a popular choice for those wanting to esacpe the 'crowds' at the larger Kruger camps.

The name is an abridgement of the word 'Rimbelule', the Xitsonga name for the Lepelle River (Olifants River). The camp was originally called 'Olifants Rest Camp', but was changed to Balule in 1961.

Accommodation

Visitors must check in at either Olifants or Satara Rest Camps. The camp has six, small three-person huts, a limited amount of camp sites and communal facilities. Camp sites are not allocated, so early arrival is recommended if you want a nice spot close to the camp perimeter. There are no shops or restaurants, so you will need to be self-sufficient in the way of food and drinks. There are communal fridges to keep things cold.

Activities

Morning, sunset and night drives, morning and afternoon river walks and morning mountain bike trails are available. These activities must be booked at Olifants reception.


  1. P.F. Fourie, updated by Chris van der Linde, Kruger National Park, Questions & Answers (Cape Town: Struik Nature, 2014), 256.
  2. Cameron Ewart-Smith, Getaway guide, Kruger National Park, 3rd edition (Cape Town: Sunbird Publishers (Pty) Ltd), 2009, 99-100.

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Map of Balule Rustic Camp, Kruger National Park

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