the greater kruger national park...

the greater kruger national park...

  Balule Nature Reserve was established by a group of like-minded private landowners in the early 1990s. From the start, their objective was to create a larger open sys Continue reading
a true african experience...

a true african experience...

  Remember the old-style safari and sleeping under canvas? Well there truly is nothing like it! The sounds of the night are closer, the smells are stronger, and the fee Continue reading
all you need and more...

all you need and more...

  Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is not only surrounded by the African wilderness, but Continue reading
panoramic wildlife safaris...

panoramic wildlife safaris...

Experience 360 degree panoramic views while in search for the Big 5... Sunrise and sunset safari’s in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day, with our professional fiel Continue reading
what you need to know...

what you need to know...

  Climate Sausage Tree Safari Camp in the Balule Nature Reserve is situated in the Eastern Lowveld (Hoedspruit) within the greater Kruger National Park, which enjoys Continue reading
photographic workshops...

photographic workshops...

  Learn more on how to take the perfect picture, that special moment in time! Our wildlife experience combined with our photographic skill is what sets us apart! T Continue reading
about us

about us

    To imagine Africa is an exciting thought. But to see, hear, sense and experience Africa in reality, is something which defies the imagination. Sit Continue reading
visit from daktari...

visit from daktari...

  My husband and I spend a night at the Sausage Tree Safari Camp and were so impressed by the magic view from the deck at our arrival. Our hosts made us part of the family an Continue reading
the panoramic scenic route...

the panoramic scenic route...

    The Panoramic Tour takes you along a breathtaking route winding its way along the escarpment of the world-famous Blyde River Canyon. While it is difficult Continue reading
a private kruger national park safari

a private kruger national park safari

    While residing in the private areas, it is worth your while to visit the public areas of the Kruger National Park as well. This area, which is only slighly Continue reading

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to the magic of Africa

experienced at our SAFARI CAMP,

in the GREATER KRUGER PARK.

 

Safari – a Swahili word used originally in early East African times means "long-journey". Our game drives are journeys where we experience through all our senses... the sights and sounds of the vast surrounds from our private and unique Camp. What you might not see during the day, you could hear at night.

 

Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park and sanctuary to Africa’s Famous Big Five. With almost 3000 ha of traversing you can look forward to a true safari experience of wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity. 

 

Uniquely positioned in the bush between Marula and Acacia trees with it's own special view above and beyond the thorn trees, our waterhole, the Olifants River and the majestic Drakensburg range on the horizon, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is a place not easily forgotten!

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Day Tours and Activities

walk with wild animals

    Tshukudu, well renowned for the re-introduction of orphaned animals to the wild, offers guests the rare opportunity and unique experience of interacting with animals and enjoying the beauty of their nature reserve, all on foot, on their special morning walk.   Nature lovers and adventure seekers will be delighted to experience amazing African wildlife up close, while enjoying the background beauty of the sun rising over the African lowveld. Each bush walk is led by enthusiastic rangers/trackers while guests experience this unique experience. 

elephant whispers

    A couple of highlights to look forward to at Elephant Whispers....Explore the rough contours of the elephant’s wrinkled skin, stroke the velvety skin under their ears, and enjoy the breeze from the cool air being circulated when the elephant gently flap their ears. Offer a tongue massage to an enthusiastic elephant! Have your photograph taken standing under the impressive six ton Tembo.   Elephant Whispers are dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant, and welcome people of all ages to share in the excitement of close encounters with these magnificent creatures. Experience the privilege of little Lindiwe’s compassionate nature, witness Medwa’s remarkable memory and enjoy the thrill of interacting with Tembo.

a private kruger national park safari

    While residing in the private areas, it is worth your while to visit the public areas of the Kruger National Park as well. This area, which is only slighly smaller than the Netherlands, offers an unrivalled diversity of fauna and flora, fused with historical and archaeological sites.   Enjoy an entire day touring the different ecological zones with its unbelievable number of species of trees, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals - and of course the FAMOUS BIG 5, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Be sure you have your binoculars, and we will provide the rest. An early start, accompanied by your professional tour guide, you leave the Lodge and head towards a day of game viewing, beautiful scenery and loads of fun!

hoedspruit endangered species centre

    The Hoedspruit Research and Breeding Centre for Endangered Species (HESC) is situated on 100 hectares of the Kapama Game Reserve and focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. More than 80 cheetah can be seen, including tame individuals, cubs and the beautiful king cheetah (these cheetahs have recessive genetic modifications that result in them having stripes rather than spots).   The tour brings you in close contact species such as the wild dog, serval, caracal, black-footed cat, aardwolf, ground hornbill, blue crane, African wild cat, and the endangered Sable antelope. The Centre is a non−profitable organization putting all funds back into nature conservation in order to help ensure the continued survival of all endangered animal species. Today the Centre has established itself as one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species. 

shangana cultural village

    Shangana has been created and built by local Shangaan people, and forms a place of great pride, a way of preserving a rich heritage and an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity Midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, the residents of the traditional villages of Shangana invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people.   The picturesque villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day. A bustling African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests down to villages on daytime tours.

hot air ballooning

  "Balloonists can dawdle, lollygag, cast their fate to the wind and become part of the ebb and flow of nature. In that silent realm, far from the mischief and toil of society, all one hears is the urgent breathing of the wind and, now and then, an inspiring gasp of hot air." — Diane Ackerman   Experience the magic of a lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Every good weather morning at sunrise, balloons depart from the launch sites near Hoedspruit for the experience of a lifetime which turns out to be an hour long flights over the scenic Lowveld of the Blyde River. The terrain is a mixture of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Game spotting is almost a guarantee. 

jessica the hippo

    Jessica is a 10 year old hippo who lives near Hoedspruit, Limpopo. She is a wild animal that interacts with both adults and children alike. Many believe that Hippo's are very dangerous. There have been many Hippo attacks, some resulting in death. However, Jessica is one Hippo that is unique. She displays characteristics that makes us wonder about our approach towards wild animals. She loves interacting with human and shows no signs of aggression.   Jessica has become somewhat of a worldwide phenomenon due to her behaviour, and one must wonder whether see actually sees herself as a fellow human, or if she sees us as fellow hippos.   Duration: Half Day Tour Time: Depart from lodge at 10h30. Arrive back at lodge before lunch. Includes: Entrance fees per person, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, services of a professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.    [widgetk

olifants river safaris

    Enjoy the experience of game viewing in a completely new and different way not to be missed out on.   Cruise the waters of the magnificent Olifants River on the 'Kambaku' house boat and enjoy the three hour journey of close encounters with crocodile, hippo, buffalo, elephant, water buck and a wide variety of other game on the lush green banks of the largest rivers in the Kruger National Park.    Wine and dine while gazing at the abundant wildlife, birds, indigenous trees, bush and grass associated with the African bushveld.

Visitors Guest Book

visit from daktari...

  My husband and I spend a night at the Sausage Tree Safari Camp and were so impressed by the magic view from the deck at our arrival. Our hosts made us part of the family and we appreciated the friendly atmosphere they created. The tents are very cosy and clean with nice linen and a very comfortable bed. We were lucky to hear lions roaring during the night and our very experienced ranger found them for us on the drive in the morning. We had a fabulous time in this camp and can't wait to

Big 5 in ONE DAY!

     Hi all of You Thanks again for a wonderfull experience. To see the Big Five plus other animals in one drive is truly exceptional.Even better was the knowledge shared with us on the next drive which covered trees, birds, crocs, hippos, snakes and even dung beetles. The service rendered by everyone including the cook and his helpers was truly exceeding expectations but the cherry on the cake was the hospitality we received from James, Liam, Sonja and Amanda. With a team like

From Canada

  Good morning Sonia and James: Finally, our extended holiday is over and we arrived back on Quadra Island, to our home, Sunday evening (April 7) about 9:00 PM. We enjoyed our time on the road - saw a lot, did a lot, and met many fine people although, in hindsight, we both agree that six weeks away from home was a little too long. Darcy and I enjoyed meeting both of you very much as well, of course, as Mike and your really excellent staff all of whom combined to make our visit with you a r

Wonderful Hosts!!!

  Hi Sonja and James,A rather belated message …. but nonetheless we just want to thank you and James for being such wonderful hosts!!!We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Camp, and what a lovely gesture of arranging for Oscar to bake a cake for my birthday on the 18th.James and Mike were excellent on the game drives …. having seen a leopard, lions in the morning and evening, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, steenbok …. even a fish eagle and a pied kingfisher feeding at the dam!

Best time on safari!

  Dear Sonja, James, Richard and the rest of the outstanding staff, Greetings from So. Cal.   I arrived back last Wednesday and have been busy catching up on things at home. I was expecting the email from Sonja before I began working on writing up my review, recommendation... I wanted to touch base with you in case somehow my email got messed up or something. I do plan to write an excellent review as I can't imagine having had a better time on safari! You guys are amazing! I fell in

CHEETAH!!! CHEETAH!!!

  I have to say a HUGE thank you to the Sausage Tree team, and especially Mike and Temba. I've been here 48 hours and I've already seen: rhino, lion, antelope, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, elephant, impala, and cheetah. I couldn't ask for anything better. AWESOME experience! Niki Mathias
PERFECT!!!

  Dear SonjaDear Mike and James Just a few worlds to thank you for our great stay at the

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CHEETAH!!! CHEETAH!!!

  I have to say a HUGE thank you to the Sausage Tree team, and especially Mike and Temba.

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about us

    To imagine Africa is an exciting thought. But to see, hear, sense

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walk with wild animals

    Tshukudu, well renowned for the re-introduction of orphaned animals to

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about us

    To imagine Africa is an exciting thought. But to see, hear, sense

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Thank you...

  Dear Sonja, James and Mike,   back in the office I would like to thank you for o

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walk with wild animals

    Tshukudu, well renowned for the re-introduction of orphaned animals to

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GOING GREEN - Eco Friendly

OUR ECO FRIENDLY PLAN HERE AT SAUSAGE TREE SAFARI CAMP...   We endeavour to train

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