Infrastructure

The project is located within the Balule section of the Greater Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Balule section is privately owned and managed jointly by the various owners, Transfrontier Africa and the South African National Parks Board. The nearest town, Hoedspruit, is located 21 km from the project site, and the closest airports are in Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit.


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The project accommodation is located on a small hill, approximately two kilometres from the banks of the Olifants River. Five elevated twin-bedded, wooden chalets have been constructed. These can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. The chalets are constructed in a circle around the recreational area and all have access to the viewing deck. Each chalet has a shaded balcony allowing some privacy. The chalets are elevated to prevent wild animals from gaining access. Explorers are required to share their rooms – two persons per chalet. Beds, bed linen and mattresses are provided together with a small bedside tables. Each bed is also fitted with a mosquito net.

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A small kitchen area with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) operated freezer and stove is available under thatched roof (open sides). There is also a ‘dining’ area with a thatched roof and open sides that provides shade and shelter from rain.

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The camp includes a elevated game viewing deck twelve metres above the ground giving a safe environment in the event of close proximity of wildlife, as well as an observation platform offering a stunning 360º panorama of the reserve.

Washing facilities, located a behind reed screening, include flush toilets and showers. It is important to remember that water is restricted but it is available.

The dining and recreation areas are suitable for the seating of twelve persons under cover. It is warm enough to eat in the open with the breeze flowing through the structure - there is no need for walls.

All lighting is provided by LPG and paraffin lamps as there is no electricity. Charging of cellular phones, radios, camera batteries, etc. is possible using solar power and an inverter point.

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Cellular phone reception is available however contact with the management of the reserve is maintained by means of two-way radio. Radio repeater stations have been erected to ensure coverage over the entire reserve.

Most cooking is done on open fire but LPG stoves are available for times when weather or conditions do not allow, or for small items such as tea and coffee.

The camp is open on all sides and animal movement is not limited in any way, so strict behaviour rules must be respected and observed at all times.

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