The Big 5 Reserve
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 system with no fences to hinder animal movement thus creating a much healthier habitat for fauna and flora.
The Reserve has since grown from the initial 11,000 ha to 40,000 ha, approximately 150 km of fences have been removed, and it consists of both private and corporate properties. In 2004, the eastern boundary fence was removed and Balule was officially incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park (established in 1898).
Thus, Balule is now an open system that covers over 2 million hectares in South Africa and is widely regarded as one of the most successful conservation areas in the world.
At about the same time Balule merged with Kruger, becoming a conservation area in Mozambique called the Limpopo National Park which was also incorporated into the open system, increasing the total land area to 3,5 million hectares and thus making it one of the largest conservation areas in the world.
Balule is mostly made up of mixed Acacia and Combretum woodlands, which sustain 94 mammal, 280 bird, 72 reptile and 128 tree species, not to mention the insect, fish, amphibian and other plant species.
Sausage Tree Safari Camp is proud to be part of this massive undertaking, and will continue to help protect and support this very special conservation area for future generations. It is in these amazing wilderness areas where a traveller can still find an authentic safari experience.