A luxury tented safari in a small and very friendly camp. We visited to celebrate a significant birthday but we are already planning when and how to return.
We saw loads of animals as well as flowers and other plants with the knowledgeable ranger Mike and tenacious tracker Tembe. Wild runs in the jeep as well as quiet, exciting walking safaris.We saw all the big animals on our 5 night stay, but we really enjoyed seeing the smaller animals, watching giraffes gambling about, tracking rhino, watching warthogs, spotting jackals and guinea fowl. I even held a chameleon. I'm not the best with spiders or scorpions but pythons and caterpillars are just as wonderful and exotic.
Loved the stopping for Rooibos tea on morning drives and gin and tonic on the evening drives with snacks.
In the camp, the cooking is managed enthusiastically by Orlando and Richard was hosting which made for fun evenings in the boma and then the bar. The tent was spacious and clean and the shower was open to the outside so we could look at the local gnu. Air co and heating were both needed as the weather varied. We had one day of spectacular thunder and lightning.
There are only 4 tents so there are max 8 guests which means you get to know everyone.
All in all, I'd recommend Sausage Tree Camp to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic back drop. This family operated safari camp pride itself on the warm atmosphere and African safari tented accommodation it offers. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or open deck under the star studded African sky. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day.The Safari Camp:Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it's own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Inverter or Eco based Air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights... and can even be set to warm during those colder nights in winter. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sausage Tree Safari Camp South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve