Balule Game Reserve is adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park but without any fencing, the Game Reserve is completely part of the National Park’s Ecosystem.

The game viewing experience is excellent with the presence of the Big 5 and all other species. It is also well known for exceptional bird watching.

This reserve offers open vehicle drives as well as off-road drives for an amazing experience.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (Not overly crowded)

Why Go:

  • A variety of accommodation available
  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Amazing game viewing, including the Big Five
  • Game drives both, during the night and day
  • Olifants River attracts a variety of wildlife all year round
  • Ability to experience the wilderness in the Greater Kruger Ecosystem


Balule has a natural eco system, as all the animals are free to walk on and off the reserve. Giraffes, Wildebeests and Waterbucks, are abundant and this becomes the reason for the presence of predators in great numbers. Big herds of Buffaloes can also be spotted.

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The vegetation in the park, features savannah woodland and grassland. The most astounding scenery is of the Olifants River, which permanently flows through the park, there is also an amazing view of the Drakensberg Mountains that border the park.

Weather & Climate

In Balule, summer is from October to April – these months are characterized by rain, humidity and heat. Winter, on the other hand, between May and September, tends to be pleasant with milder conditions and little rainfall. At this time of year, the mercury drops at night, so you may need an extra blanket on your bed.

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Best Time to Visit

Winters (May to September) in Balule have mild conditions and are mostly dry with rare precipitation; it gets cold at night so packing warm clothes becomes essential. Meanwhile, summers (October to April) are hot and humid with lots of rainfall.

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