Balule Nature Reserve
Balule Nature Reserve is a protected area in Limpopo Province and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Balule is located in the subtropical lowveld, an area with multiple eco-zones resulting in a significant variety in the flora with over 336 documented tree species in the region. Baobab trees, fever trees, knobthorns, marula and mopane trees are predominant species in this wooded savannah. The diverse flora accommodates an array of fauna. More than 220 different species of birds inhabit the area including raptor species such as Lappet-faced vulture, Pel's fishing owl, Martial eagle and impressive larger birds such as Kori bustard, Ground hornbill, Saddle-billed stork. There are over 30 species of mammals ranging from plains game such as zebra, wildebeest and giraffe to the big five and cheetah. The rivers and other watering holes are home to large pods of hippos and crocodiles. In the long dry seasons these areas are frequented by wildlife and safari tour groups alike. The reserve is managed as an eco-tourism destination and there a number of quality private game lodges within the reserve to suit any budget.