There is no shortage of predator viewing in the region of the Kruger Park. The Balule's shared border with the National Park means guests have easy access to some of the best predator viewing in South Africa. Guests can expect to see an impressive variety of predators, including the king of the jungle.
The predators in the Kruger Park are habituated to vehicles and tourists, making sightings of big cats and wild canids a pleasure. In the privacy of the Balule Reserve, on game drive with Ezulwini guides, guests will enjoy the personal experience they get from the sightings of lions and leopards. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, caracal, serval, honey badger, and crocodile are other predators to be seen.
Balule Private Nature Reserve is within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park, where the largest diversity of large mammal species thrives.
Over 147 species traversing an area the size of Wales, guests are bound to have many close encounters with the likes of elephant, rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra, kudu, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, and wildebeest.
Hippos love the Olifants River, which courses through the reserve, and can be seen bobbing in the water or basking on the riverbanks. The many trees and waterholes surrounding the lodges attract big tusker elephants famous in the area.
The Olifants River that flows through this area of the Balule and right in front of River Lodge attracts a huge variety of water-loving birds, while the gigantic fig and Natal mahogany trees around the lodge are always alive with puffbacks and orioles. Look out for herons and fish eagles from the viewing deck and watch swallows skimming the surface of the river.
During summer, many migratory birds flock to the Kruger in search of warmth and water, while the rest of the year the area is home to a plethora of resident species. A number of raptor and owl species are frequently seen, including scops owl, pearl-spotted owlet, giant eagle owl, fish eagle, brown snake eagle, bateleur, hawk eagle.
Known as Ezulwini’s blue-eyed leopard, Chavaluthu has got to be one of the most beautiful male leopards around.
If there’s one animal we can count on seeing almost every day, it’s lions. Although one can never predict what happens in the bush!
A cackle of hyena decided to make an appearance during one of the game drives at the Ezulwini Game Lodges.