Over the coming months the camp will be going through a facelift and refurbishment and as a result may not be available for bookings. At this stage we are still running with the existing facilities but will be closing while the refurbishment takes place. We will advise of the exact dates once we have decided on them.
The camp is located in the midst of the Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve. 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 as a result, with that ensuring that we are now fully incorporated within the Greater Kruger National Park, the game abounds throughout.
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 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.
The new camp will have four en-suite bedrooms. 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.
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 a surrounding deck 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 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 covered parking for the guests cars. Access to the camp through the reserve is along a dirt road which is negotiable by small sedan cars with caution.