In the 'hood, Balule as a destination

The vast Balule Nature Reserve is adjacent to and has now been incorporated into the Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five and famous for its abundance of animal and birdlife. Seize the opportunity to track and spot Africa's magnificent creatures on game drives, conducted in open 4x4 vehicles with experienced tour guides. The Balule Private Game Reserve was created 14 years ago when a few ... cont.

Plot 13 Balule / Grietjie, Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Directions to Baluleni Safari Lodge

1. Directions to Plot 13 Balule/Grietjie-Gate (Lodge-guests)
Latitude: S 24.046414
Longitude: E 31.017421

From Johannesburg – for Lodge guests
Take the N 4 towards Witbank, Middelburg Plaza, turnoff to Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Ohrigstad, Abel Erasmus Pass, J.G.Strijdom Tunnel, from tunnel 10 km and turn left at fuel service station towards Tzaneen/Phalaborwa, travel another 10 km to signboard ” Phalaborwa” and turn right towards Phalaborwa, travel 27 km to T-junction and turn left towards Phalaborwa R 40. Pass the Balule, Parsons Gate sign and continue on R40 until Grietjie signboard, then turn right into dirt road. Follow for 2.7 km to Gate and then 6 km to Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13.

From Hoedspruit, Lodge-guests
Leaving the main tarred road between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa (R40) at the Grietjie – signboard, follow dirt road (2,7km) to the gate and then (6km) to Baluleni, Plot 13 (51.2 km from Hoedspruit)

From Polokwane, Lodge-guests
Follow the R 71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on R 71 (do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte) but continue straight through Gravelotte until T-junction, then turn LEFT toward Phalaborwa and turn right at Grietjie signboard onto dirt road to Baluleni, plot 13.

From leaving the R40 the directions are:
Follow for 2.7 km to gate, after 1.8 km go straight at the crossing, after 2.8 km keep left on Y-crossing, after 450 meters turn left into Baluleni Safari Lodge Plot 13. After 800 meters you have reached the lodge.

2. Direction to Plot 26 Balule/Parsons-Gate (SELF CATERING-guests)
Latitude: -24 degrees10”6.5496’ (-24.1684857020179)
Longitude: 30 degrees55”9.6582’ (30.9276831150055)

From Johannesburg – self catering guests
Take the N 4 towards Witbank, Middelburg Plaza, turnoff to Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Ohrigstad, Abel Erasmus Pass, J.G.Strijdom Tunnel, from tunnel 10 km and turn left at fuel service station towards Tzaneen/Phalaborwa, travel another 10 km to signboard ” Phalaborwa” and turn right towards Phalaborwa, travel 27 km to T-junction and turn left towards Phalaborwa R 40, within the next 5 km PASS BOTH the Engen fuel service station (Samey) on right hand side and the turnoff sign on the left to Tzaneen, about 500 m passed this turnoff is a sign “BALULE PARSONS GATE” – turn right into dirt road, then 5 km to gate, then 7 km to plot 26, Baluleni (dirt road of 12 km takes approximately 35 minutes).

From Hoedspruit – self catering guests
Leaving the main tarred road between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa (R40) at the BALULE PARSONS GATE signboard (about 500m after the Tzaneen turnoff), follow the dirt road for 5 km to the gate of the reserve (R 50.00 cash conservation fee per vehicle and R30.00 per person, valid for the entire stay ). Thereafter the dirt road continues for another 7 km towards Baluleni Safari Lodge at Plot 26. Just remember this is now big 5 country and stay in the vehicle. Follow the signs to Plot 26, Baluleni.

From Polokwane – Self catering guests
Follow the R 71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on R 71 (do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte) but continue to T junction, turn LEFT, continue for 700 metres, turn RIGHT at sign Balule (Parsons Gate). 5 km to gate and 7 km to Baluleni.

Amenities in the area

  • Airport (55 km)
  • Bank and/or ATM (55 km)
  • Car Hire (55 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (55 km)
  • Grocery Store (55 km)
  • Internet Café (55 km)
  • Post Office (55 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (55 km)
  • Shopping Mall (55 km)

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural experiences
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Golf course(s)
  • Hang- / paragliding
  • Helicopter Flips
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Microlight flights
  • Rhino / Elephant tracking
  • River cruises
  • Swimming
  • Township tours

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