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 55,000 ha, approximately 150 km of fences have been removed and it consists of both private and commercial properties. In 2004, the Eastern boundary fence was removed and Balule was officially incorporated into the Kruger National Park (established in 1898).
Thus, Balule is now part of 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.
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.
Olifants West Nature reserve is set within Balule and is where Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated. Notably, it is the birthplace of a unique anti-poaching initiative, the Black Mamba Anti Poaching Environmental Monitors, recruited from the surrounding communities. They are doing a fantastic job in keeping our rhino safe and in the process, have gained worldwide recognition and environmental awards.
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.