Wildlife & Animals – Balule NR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Balule NR shares open borders with Kruger Park and is, therefore, part of a huge ecosystem and home to all major safari animals – including the Big Five. The Olifants River attracts an abundance of wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, waterbuck and giraffe. Lion are often nearby.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
White RhinoOccasional
Black RhinoRare to none
LionOccasional
HyenaCommon
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

The reserve has an impressive hippo and crocodile population. The former can be found wallowing in the river during the day, and the latter can usually be spotted on the riverbanks. Civet and honey badger are just two of the rarer creatures sometimes encountered.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The dry months of June to September make up the prime time for wildlife viewing in Balule. In particular, the period from August to September (the end of the Dry season) is a recommended time for a visit as temperatures rise and animals concentrate around the Olifants River after the dry spell.

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