Baluleni Safari Lodge

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from R 1,780
Our tranquil and peaceful Lodge on the shores of the Olifants River, in the 55 000 hectares Balule Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, offers the splendor of the natural Africa Bush with breath-taking sunsets, wildlife which includes the Big 5, bird watching, safaris, bush walks, boma-dinners under the stars, and is often referred to by guests as "Paradise" or "Heaven on Earth" Welcome at Baluleni Safari Lodge.

Enjoy a unique African Safari experience, go on guided open vehicle safaris, learn about the wilderness on a bush walk, listen to the sounds of the African Bush while dining under the stars, or simply relax at the Lodge by the pool side.

Our Lodge offers scheduled and comfortable accommodation in two air-conditioned en-suite Luxury Chalets with an extra outside shower, three air-conditioned en-suite thatched chalets, and two luxury en-suite safari tents with a fan. Full board with full breakfast, high tea, and dinners. These are served at our licensed dining/bar area or around the fire in the boma under the African skies.

At the Baluleni Safari Lodge facilities include a licensed dining/bar area and boma, full breakfasts and three-course dinners are generally served in the dining area or outside on the patio. However, our guests mostly prefer to enjoy a three-course dinner under the stars around the fire in the boma. Guests enjoy sundowners on the patio or sharing a drink in the lounge while. Early coffee and homemade rusks are available for guests at the accommodation. High tea with savories, snacks, and cakes are served at the dining area. Guests also enjoy the swimming pool while relaxing with a cold drink in the shade.

At the reception guests can arrange and depart for their three hour safaris in an open vehicle, an early morning Bush walk (must be booked in advance, min. 2 people), a guided day tour in the Kruger National Park and Panorama Route (must be booked in advance, min. 2 people).

Guests also have access to internet and cell phone signal at reception.

Free secure parking and laundry services are available to guests.
"A real winner"
01 Nov 2017
By Bronwen Lloyd
"Had an awesome time at Baluleni. What amazing hosts and staff who go out of their way to make your stay memorable. Thank you Elke and Evert, was a highlight of my travels.Establishment's response:Dear Bronwen,Thank you for visiting Baluleni Safari Lodge and for your kind words in your review. We miss you already. We really enjoyed your stay with us and especially on the safari trips. We're looking forward to welcome you again at BaluleniKind regards from the Baluleni TeamEvert van Eeden"
"All the animal sounds during the night"
07 Jul 2017
By Pat Muller
"You don't have to improve anything .Everthing was amazing and awesome.Thank you Evert and Elke , you will defenetly see us agsin."
"We stayed in the tent-accomodation and highly recommend this for a closer bush experience."
19 Jun 2017
By Martin Kopsch
"I had mentioned to the owners that it was my wife's birthday, and they baked a cake and made a real effort to make her day special. The facilities are great, staff is friendly and courteous, service is customer oriented and nothing is too much trouble. This was a repeat visit, and we will back again!! Highly recommended to local and overseas visitors.Access road is a bit rough but nothing that e.g. a Golf or Polo or Corolla can't handle, but don't bring your low-profile BMW.Evenings are spent in the boma around a fire-place, which also gives it a great 'bush' experience."
25 Nov 2016
By Peter, Germany
"Our stay in Baluleni Safari Lodge was one of the best during our Africa travelling.We have enjoyed an excellent service and meals,either wonderful Safari drives."
"REVIEW - 25 - 28 AUGUST 2016"
05 Sep 2016
By JUNE, South Africa
"It was very peaceful and restful at the Lodge. Had a very nice chalet overlooking little waterhole. Mathew the young game ranger was very interesting and informative We were however very disappointed not to see more animals and also that we would have had to go to main road and public entrance to get into the Park. Elke and Evern were very charming hosts but it felt a bit too personal - they virtually monitored your every move!Establishment Response: Thanks for the nice review. Due to the worst drought in 60 years in the area it was not possible to see that many animals, as we explained on your arrival. The drought affected both the public and private sector of the Kruger. There are no roads between the private sector and the public sector of the Kruger National Park. It is open for the animals and vehicles are not allowed to cross over from one side to the other. The public sector needs its income at the gates and the private sector does not allow day visitors. During your stay we had also other people from South Africa and Italy. During your stay the other guests enjoyed the home away from home atmosphere at the lodge. It is a pity that you felt like we followed your every move, instead we cater for our guests needs. Thank you once again for visiting Baluleni Safari Lodge"
"Comfy, hospitable, affordable"
15 Oct 2014
By Vijay, United States of America
"Affordable, good lodging, food and service, owners very helpful.Convenient base to access Olifants.While there is wildlife nearby, sightings were hard to come by due to forest conditions, hilly terrain, no offroad privileges, etc"
11 Jul 2014
By Mike, South Africa
"Elke and Evert are charming, helpful and friendly and the staff are outstanding. The boma suppers create a lovely atmosphere. However, it is misleading to state that this lodge is in the greater Kruger National Park, as it is most inconveniently located, being a full hour's drive from the Phalaborwa gate, along a dangerous , potholed road filled with mining trucks bumper to bumper. This totally destroys any solitude that you may have gained at the Lodge. If your aim is to view game then rather stay in the Kruger park. The chalets are tiny, with no privacy at all, between the main room and the third sleeper; it is more accurate to state that a small child or only two people should be accommodated in the chalets. The Lodge does not border the banks of the Olifants river directly, but is set back from the river, so we could not view any animals coming to drink in the river anyhow. We paid for 4 nights but cut short our stay after two nights."
10 Mar 2014
By Pam, South Africa
"The place where we stayed at was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Very friendly people welcomed us and the help was also awesome!!!! I would definitely recommend Baluleni lodge to visitors who want to relax and enjoy nature to it's fullest!"
22 Dec 2013
By Lisa, South Africa
"We thouroughly enjoyed our stay, it was very peaceful and gave us a very good opportunity to unwind from our regular craziness. :) There are plenty of animals to see, from the elephants that walked past, to the little monkeys that keep you entertained playing on the lawn in front of the house. Thank you to the staff for looking after us during our stay. I would have loved to go on a game drive."
"Amazing 60th birthday weekend"
28 May 2013
By Rialette, South Africa
"Thank you Elke and Evert for going out of your way to make our weekend so enjoyable. What a pity we couldn't stay longer. The River Cottage has all you can possibly need to make your stay comfortable. All neat, clean and serviced. My biggest present was the cheetah on the riverbank on Saturday. We will visit again in the near future."