Sausage Tree is a thoroughly well-run and professional lodge in the Balule. The entire experience my wife and I had was top class all the way from the pickup to the send-off and everything in between.
With two game drives a day - and the sightings are plentiful - we were lucky enough to spend well over two hours over our stay with Limpy the lionness and her two cubs, as well as sight elephant, rhino, buffalo and plenty of giraffe. Morning/evening tea by the river is something special as well.
Their reserve is open to Kruger so animals can travel freely through. They can also arrange a day trip into Kruger from the lodge and other trips e.g. Panorama route. They even arranged a helicopter ride for us (at your own cost) which was spectacular.
Richard, our host, gave us a very personal welcome and was thoughtfully involved throughout our stay, making sure all our needs were taken care of. Liam, our guide, is one enthusiastic young man and a great story teller. Themba, our tracker, was amazing at spotting everything from elephants to tortoises and even owls at night! Orlando, the chef - you have to taste the food to know what I mean but it was top notch - not out of place at a top restaurant anywhere in the world.
The rate we paid included accommodation, all meals (except drinks from the bar, which are not expensive in any case) and two game drives a day (morning and evening). Very worth the price. There were a number of repeat visitors, so that tells you alot.
My wife and I chose to stay at Sausage Tree on recommendations from friends - after staying there we're happy to recommend them to anyone who travels to Kruger!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic back drop. This family operated safari camp pride itself on the warm atmosphere and African safari tented accommodation it offers. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or open deck under the star studded African sky. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day.The Safari Camp:Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it's own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Inverter or Eco based Air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights... and can even be set to warm during those colder nights in winter. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sausage Tree Safari Camp South Africa/Kruger National Park