Let us welcome you to the magic of Africa experienced at
SAUSAGE TREE 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, smells 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 vast Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park and sanctuary to Africa’s famous Big Five. With approximately 2500 ha of traversing, including 4kms along the Olifants River you can look forward to a true safari experience of wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity.
Uniquely positioned in the bush between Marula, Acacia and Sausage trees with its own special view above and beyond the thorn trees, our waterhole and the majestic Drakensburg range on the horizon, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is a place not easily forgotten!
Sausage Tree [Kigelia Africana]
The Sausage Tree of sub-Saharan Africa is beautiful in flower. The fragrance of the flower is not pleasing to humans but attracts the Dwarf Epauletted Fruitbat (Micropteropus pusillus), its pollinator. As the flowers drop from the tree, animals come to feed on the nectar-rich blooms. Impala, duiker, baboons, bush pigs, and birds all feed on the flowers of the Sausage Tree.
The blood-red flowers bloom at night on long, rope like stalks that hang down from the limbs of this tree. The fragrant, nectar-rich blossoms are pollinated by bats, insects and sunbirds in their native habitat. The mature fruits dangle from the long stalks like giant sausages. They may be up to two feet (0.6 m) long and weigh up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
The rind of the fruit is used to aid the fermentation of the local brews. The pods are kept as religious charms and fetishes, and produce a red dye when boiled. Ointment is made from the fruit and is used to treat skin conditions. The ‘Mokoro’ is a dug-out made of the trunks and large roots of the Sausage Trees, these canoes have been used for thousands of years as transportation in the Okavango River Delta in Botswana. The ‘sausages’ cannot be eaten but the skin is ground to a pulp and used externally for medicine. Its most important use is for the cure of skin ailments especially skin cancers. The fruit is burnt to ashes and pounded by a mortar with oil and water to make a paste to apply to the skin.
What does ‘Balule’ mean?
‘Balule’ is derived from the Tsonga word meaning ‘Olifants River’.
This beautiful river flows east across the Lowveld to join with the Letaba River. It crosses into Gaza Province, Mozambique, after cutting through the Lebombo Mountains by way of the Olifants Gorge, becoming the Rio dos Elefantes, and finally joining the Limpopo River after 40 km before it enters the Indian Ocean at Xai-Xai north of Maputo.