Balule Rest Camp, South Kruger Park

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Balule Rest Camp

Balule Rest Camp South Kruger Park

South Kruger Park

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At Addo's main camp there are 2 chalets and 2 cottages adapted for use by people with physical impairment.

The chalets have ablutions that offer a choice between bath and roll-in shower with fold-down seat for transfer. However these units have particularly steep access paths where frailer persons may require assistance.

The cottages are new (March 2003) and have no gradient issue and are very comfortable inside. It only has a roll-in shower and no bath. The 2 guest cottages, while without specific adaptations to ablutions (grab-rails and elbow taps), have access ramps and may be an option.

There are access ramps and paths into reception, the shop, the public toilets and down to the viewing site overlooking the floodlit waterhole. However the highlight of the Addo Rest Camp is the PPC Discovery Trail which was built by the parks Honorary Rangers .  

It is a trail designed for all people, regardless of physical and sensory impairments, the opportunity to explore the succulent thicket habitat characteristic of Addo. Wheelchair users may park at the trail's start. The trail has a boardwalk surface enabling easy movement for wheelchair users and other mobility impaired people. There is a guide rope for length of the trail, to assist the visually impaired.

There are several information boards over the length of the trail explaining various aspects of the Addo Ecosystem. There are also a few resting points with benches where people can relax and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the thicket vegetation. Two spacious unisex toilets compliment the trail.

There is also an accessible toilet at the reception/shop/restaurant complex and there are ramps to the waterhole lookout and the SASOL Red Bishop bird-hide (also built by the honorary rangers).

There is additional accessible accommodation at Mathyolweni Camp near Colchester . 2 of the cottages are suitable for people with mobility difficulties, with ablutions with roll-in showers and grab rails. Accommodation elsewhere in the park is either at privately run concession sites (some of these may be fully or partially accessible), or in rustic camps where no adaptations have been made.

Contact Details

Contact Person:
Tel: +27 (0) 13 735-6306
Fax: +27 (0) 13 735-6304

Property Amenities

* Cell Phone Reception
* Conferencing
* Electricity
* Information Centres
* Internet Caf - KNP (Skukuza and Ber-en-Dal)
* Laundry
* Medical Services
* Picnic
* Petrol/ Diesel

Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery) - South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.

* Public Telephones
* Restaurant
* Self-Catering
* Shops
* Swimming
o There are swimming pools at a number of park and camps. Please see each parks information for more details.

Area Attractions

Back-pack Trails:

There are back-pack and 'slaak-pack' trails available at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Beach Access
Beaches are available at Addo Elephant, Agulhas, Knysna/Wilderness, Namaqua, Table Mountain, Tsitsikamma and West Coast.


3-day canoe trails are available at Wilderness. Casual boating and canoeing can be done here too and at Golden Gate, Tsitsikamma (Nature's Valley) and Knysna.


Conference facilities of varying capacity are available in the KNP as well as at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.


Fishing permits are available at Addo Elephant, Agulhas, Bontebok, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld and West Coast. Angling has been stopped at Tsitsikamma because of the drastic decline of rocky shoreline species.

Flower Season

Flower Season (usually at its height in the months of August and September) is a feature at Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, West Coast and Wilderness. Flower displays are found in other parks as well. Watch these parks' sites for seasonal updates.

Game Watching

Kruger (Skukuza) is the only SANParks venue that operates a golf course. However many of the other parks have golf courses in their near vicinity.

Guided Game Drives (Night and Day) and Guided Walks

Park guided day and night drives are permanently available at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Hikes, Walks and Trails
Historical Exhibits
Historical exhibits are to be found in all of the parks.

Horse Riding

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