• Elephants in Balule
  • lions on our safari in greater kruger national park

Balule Game Reserve

Balule Game Reserve is a Private Game Reserve which is part of the Association of Private Nature Reserves (APNR) forming the Greater Kruger National Park.
Olifants West Nature Reserve (OWNR) is a self managed Conservancy open to all areas within Balule and the Greater Kruger National Park, where Wildlife is protected and able to roam freely.

Balule Nature Reserve is about 50,000 hectars. In 2004, the eastern boundary fence was removed and Balule was officially incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park (established in 1898).

The Greater Kruger National park together with KNP itself  is now an open system that covers over 2 million hectares where the animals can wander freely up to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Balule is home of the "Big Five" (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard). In total there are about 94 mammal, 280 bird, 72 reptile and 128 tree species, in the reserve. Even the highly endangered African Wild Dogs and cheetahs visit us regularly.

Self-driving is not permitted in Balule, mostly to keep down traffic and avoid Guests from getting lost or stuckin the Bush. On Safari with an experienced ranger means successful private sightings without too many vehicles. 

While the animals are free to wander from Balule into Kruger National Park we have to leave Balule to enter the  Park through one of the offical KNP gates.