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Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Welcome to Antares Bush Camp and Safaris

Antares Bush Camp is a small exclusive bush camp set within the open system of the Greater Kruger National Park. In the northern section of the Balule Nature Reserve is an area of land that had its origins in small scale agriculture. Balule is a 60 000 Ha nature reserve made up of several regions of which Grietjie is one of the founding members. The reserve is bordered to the north by the town of Phalaborwa and in the south by Hoedspruit. To the east lie the Klaserie and Timbavati reserves and the Kruger National Park, while in the west the R40 National road creates a logical boundary that has effectively become the western boundary of the Greater Kruger National Park.

 

The Grietjie region, which is where we are located, is a 3000 Ha reserve that had its humble beginnings as a farming community. Over the past 20 years or so the region has transformed from an agricultural background to one that is well-sought after as a Big 5 Nature Reserve. Our boundary fences have all been removed and we have expanded our traversing area which now covers almost 7000 Ha and includes over 10kms of Olifants River frontage. The vegetation is a mixture of Marula/Knobthorn savannah veld and Mopane veld. There are a number of small granite/syenite kopjies (small hill made up of rocky boulders)) on the reserve and the largest hill is named “Grietjie Berg” after which the reserve gets its name.

 

Our winter months produce a comfortable environment to explore the bush in, with dry and relatively warm days. We don’t experience extremely cold conditions although the clear skies at night can make the temperature drop a little especially nearer the river. During the summer we expect to receive our annual rainfall between October and April and the day time temperatures can get very high, but this just gives you the perfect excuse to laze away in the plunge pool while you watch the animals come down to the waterhole to quench their thirst.

 

With the reserve part of the open system now we can boast almost all the game species that you could expect to find in the Kruger National Park, although species such as eland, roan antelope and a few others are highly unlikely to be encountered due to their habitat preferences. Our bird list is close to 300 species and rarities such as Pel’s fishing owl, African finfoot and a few other could be seen along the river. Regular sightings of elephant and lions occur at the waterhole just in front of the camp along with a large variety of general game and birdlife. With the development of Umgede hide at the water’s edge there is a great opportunity to get close to the action. With free Wi-Fi available throughout the camp, our guests will have the luxury of being able to video their favourite sightings and send them home to their jealous families and friends.

As you walk through the entrance with the giant Baobab framed in the background, take note of the lion tracks that walked through after we laid the fresh concrete.

 

Walking through from the reception area along a wooden deck guests will enter into a spacious living area that will include a large kitchen and dining area with a fireplace which will add a beautiful ambience especially during those winter evenings. Leading off from this will be a large lounge area with wide opening doors onto one of two decks where guests can relax by the pool or sit and watch the game come down to drink at the nearby waterhole.

 

Comfortable sofas, a well-stocked library and a display unit of interesting artefacts from the bush make this an informative area within the lodge.

 

Leading off the deck, guests can access the braai area where a hearty meal can be prepared over the hot coals and a refreshing Gin and Tonic can be consumed.

Moving outside through large double doors onto a wooden deck, a small plunge pool overlooks the waterhole and many enjoyable and relaxing hours can be spent appreciating the vast array of wildlife attracted to the waterhole.

 

A second dining room table is available on the deck for those who prefer to sit outside during their meals. A small braai area and open fire pit add to a perfect bushveld ambience in the evenings.

 

The new camp will have five en-suite bedrooms, although two of them are combined as a family room that shares a bathroom. There will also be an outside shower attached to each room, allowing for our guests to enjoy taking a relaxing shower under the stars while listening to the sounds of the bush around them.

 

The camp is protected by a 2-strand electric fence designed to keep the elephants away and save the trees. However everyone should be aware that this fence will not keep any other animals out of the immediate area of the buildings and guests must take the necessary precautions of being vigilant after dark.

 

There is adequate parking for the guest’s cars. Access to the camp through the reserve is along a dirt road which is negotiable by small sedan cars with caution.