​Getting There – Balule NR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg is the arrival point for most visitors to Balule Nature Reserve. From here a connecting flight to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS) can be arranged. Most accommodations provide transport from Eastgate Airport, which takes up to an hour depending on the exact location of the lodge.

Hiring a car is an alternative option, and you can do this in Johannesburg. Balule is located alongside the R40 between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, west of Kruger National Park. The 450km/280mi drive from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) takes approximately 5 hours*.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Your tour operator can organize a charter flight to the reserve’s airstrip or a regular flight to Hoedspruit.

Several carriers offer domestic flights to Hoedspruit:

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – South Africa page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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