Been to Balule a couple of times. Normally check in at Olifants', but this has now changed and you can check in at Satara as well, quite convenient. Balule is a very rustic camp with only 6 huts and the adjacent camping area. It has a communal kitchen and ablutions are shared with other residents. Defenitely for travellers that can go without any luxuries.
Huts are fairly small and I would not reccomend booking 3 people in a hut, although this option is available . Also furnishings are old and run down with no "logical" setup and I found it cramped.
Take special note that there is absolutely no electricity and evenings are lit with lanterns only. Take a good torch. Best time to visit is definitely winter as the extreme heat in summer is unbearable and you will not sleep a wink at night and chances for dehidration is excellent!!! A tip for KNP officials... get electricity! We are in the 20th century for Pete's sake, a proper light and ceiling fan in the hut would make a worlds difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deep in the heart of the Kruger National Park, in the most exquisite topography, lies a small satellite camp. Named 'Balule' after the Tsonga word for the Olifants River, this camp is one of the best places for guests to experience nature first hand. Situated more or less in the centre of the Park, just south of Olifants Camp, Balule lies close to the mighty Olifants River. With only the most basic of facilities and no electricity, a low fence is the only barrier that separates you from the wilderness, resulting in a true back to basics experience. It is this unique wilderness feel of the camp that makes it a firm favourite with backpackers, the caravanning community and other visitors who want to get away from it all. ... more less