Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7.5

Lookout for

Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Warthog
Baboon

The Balule Private Nature Reserve is a conservancy of independently owned game farms that share an unfenced border with the Kruger in the Lowveld region of South Africa, a vast expanse of savannah woodland and grassland that is home to one of the greatest diversities of wildlife species on the planet. The reserve thus forms part of the Greater Kruger which has achieved legendary status for its regular sightings of Africa's most famous wild animal species, especially the Big 5. The Balule reserve is also home to an array of bird, reptile and tree species with enough natural splendour to keep all wildlife enthusiasts happy. Balule has a lower density of commercial lodges and as such is perfect for those looking to head to the bush away from the crowds. There are some great accommodation options available in the reserve, and a good network of roads, on which guided safari vehicles bring guests into close contact with the animals.

Why we like it

Shares and unfenced border with Kruger; One of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots; Exclusive and less crowded than Kruger

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 40.000 hectares
Reserve Type: Conservancy
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hoedspruit

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Ezulwini Billy's Lodge, Balule Luxury Full Board
Ezulwini River Lodge, Balule Luxury Full Board
Greenfire Game Lodge, Balule Full Board
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, Balule Middle Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Giraffe
Elephant


BRIDS
Lappet Faced Vulture
Martial Eagle
Lilac Breasted Roller
Saddle Billed Stork


REPTILES
Rock Monitor
Nile Crocodile
Leopard Tortoise


TREES
Baobab
Marula
Mopane


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Grassland
Rocky Outcrops
Thornveld Thickets
Riverine