20 Tours to Balule Private Game Reserve, ordered shortest to longest trip. Prices are from R8495 $605 £463 €533 A$844 C$799 NZ$879 to R38613 $2750 £2105 €2425 A$3838 C$3633 NZ$3994 per person. Use our Tour Search → to filter by price, duration, start point, travel style and more.
Balule Private Game Reserve offers the best of everything safari. As part of the Greater Kruger National Park, and home to the Big Five, its exclusivity allows the visitor a true African experience.
After dropping the fences in the 1990's, the 40 000 hectares that make up Balule became incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park, allowing free access for the game to roam, added grazing, and an increased gene pool.
One of the huge draw cards for Balule is their walking safaris. While these are optional, we highly recommend you do them, as this is a truly African bush experience.
Walking safaris are led by armed guides (remember, there are predators in this bush) who are exceptional trackers and highly knowledgeable about all things bush.
It is on these safaris that you really get up-close-and-personal with Africa - its sights, sounds and creatures.
At Balule game drives are offered both in Balule itself and into the Kruger National Park. Again, they are led by highly experienced guides who are in radio contact with others, allowing for the best animal sightings possible.
Game drives are usually scheduled in the early morning, as the bush wakes up, before the heat of the day, and then late afternoon, as the animals wake from their naps to feed and drink.
Night drives, with floodlights allow for the incredible experience of seeing Africa's nocturnal beasts go about their business.
The Olifants River runs through Balule creating a riverine forest amongst the bushveld plains. This diverse vegetation provides habitat to a vast range of birds and animals.
Not only are the Big Five - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard - commonly seen in the park, but a huge number and range of other wildlife call Balule home. Expect to see giraffe, zebra, a host of different antelope, hippo and crocodiles, to name just a few.
Game-viewing (both on foot and in safari vehicles) is guided by exceptionally well-trained and knowledgeable guides who are excellent trackers.
With over 500 species of bird, including the 'Big Six' - the lappet-faced vulture, the saddle-billed stork, martial eagle, the ground hornbill, the Kori bustard and the rarely-seen Pel’s fishing-owl - Balule is a birdwatcher's paradise.
From tiny wagtails to enormous, comical-looking ostrich, and beautiful sweeping birds of prey, there's something for everybody.
African Budget Safaris to Balule offer accommodation in one of three small lodges.
Perfectly placed to ensure both privacy and the best views of the bush possible, they all offer comfortable en-suite rooms.
At the main lodge, each has a deck and swimming pool to cool down after a hot day in the bush.
Due to the limited numbers of people at each lodge, personal service and a friendly atmosphere are guaranteed.
Find out more with our Balule Private Game Reserve budget travel guide page.