SPRING SPECIAL – R310 P/P SHARING

1 AUG – 31 OCT 2017
Self-catering

Baleni Cultural Camp

Klein Letaba River, Limpopo

Baleni is an environment where nature, economy and spiritualism have a rich integration. With an economy strongly dependent on traditional salt-mining, visiting Baleni allows the responsible traveller the opportunity to see how modern people integrate ancient traditions and techniques into their 21st century lives.

The area around Baleni provides an outdoor playground for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Single-tracks created by cattle meander through the mopani scrub, allowing you an endless variety of loops. Bird watchers will be delighted with the variety of birdlife, especially along the Klein Letaba River. This is a ‘get outdoors’ venue where the whole family can keep active.

During the winter months guests can watch local ladies harvesting salt from the crystals that are deposited from the geothermal spring. This is an ancient skill and of important economic value to the people of the area.

Photos courtesy of The Good Holiday

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Rates

1 April 2017  – 31 March 2018
Per person, per night sharing

(Single Supplement: 30%)

Fully catered & two activities:
R1,430

Self-catering:
R620

Children under 12: 50% of the adult rate

Activities:

Guided walk through the local geothermal attractions (hot spring, ‘magic mountain’ and along the banks of the Klein Letaba river), R155 per person.

Guided visit with the salt makers who will come in especially for your group to teach you the real process of extracting salt from the sand, R1100 for a group.

Note: Special offers are non-commissionable and apply to direct bookings only. For these rates please enquire using the form below.

Outdoor Activities

The area around Baleni provides an outdoor playground for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Single-tracks created by cattle meander through the mopani scrub, allowing you an endless variety of loops. Bird watchers will be delighted with the variety of birdlife, especially along the Klein Letaba River. This is a ‘get outdoors’ venue where the whole family can keep active.

Download the Baleni bird list here

Accommodation & Dining

Baleni Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds and a bedside stand. Linen is provided as part of the tariff. Ablutions are en-suite, with flush toilets, shower and basin. A stand-alone communal bathroom is available for campers. Solar provides energy for lights & hot water, and USB and 12V (cigarette lighter-style) charging for phones etc.

The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travelers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travelers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery, cutlery are also supplied. There are charging points for solar and 12V camping fridges.

There is basic solar lighting, and lanterns are provided around the camp for light at night. If planning to braai or make a fire, don’t forget to bring firewood. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water. This is a low-risk malaria area. Precautions are advised.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Full-service Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, all meals, two activities.
Full-service Exclusions: Gratuities.
Self-catering Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, self-catering facilities with gas cooker, fridge & freezer, cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery; a few LED solar lights in rooms and USB-solar charging facilities.
Self-catering Exclusions: Meals, activities, gratuities

Please note: optional meals or activities must be pre-ordered & paid when booking accommodation. We do not carry any stock of alcohol, soft drinks or bottled water in the camps, and guests are advised to bring their own. Should this not be suitable, please advise us at the time of booking and we will quote for your specific requirements.

Experience Ancient Traditions

Baleni is situated on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. Staff from Baleni can take guests for a walk down to a geothermal hot spring – the only undeveloped hot spring in Southern Africa. Maintaining a water temperature of around 42 degrees, this spring is a sacred site for the local Tsonga community. Your guide will explain the spiritual significance of the spring, and educate you in the expected terminologies and behaviours for visitors.

Directions from Phalaborwa

Drive 16 km on the road to Gravelotte R71 and turn right on Road D3260 to Selwane (1). Drive 39 km and turn left at the four way stop towards Giyani (2) After 18 km turn right onto a gravel road just after the new Gandla Filling Station (3) Follow the road and drive through an entrance gate to the camp. Continue following the road to the first Ivory Route signpost, where you will turn left (4). Follow the signposting to the camp (5). The camp is 8 km from the main road.
Total distance from Phalaborwa is 81 km and approximate driving time is 1 hour. Be on the lookout for stray livestock along the road. | Download PDF

Directions from Polokwane

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Directions from Gravelotte

Drive 39 km on the road to Phalaborwa R71 and turn left on Road D3260 to Selwane (1). Drive 39 km and turn left at the four way stop towards Giyani (2) After 18 km turn right onto a gravel road just after the Ghandla Filling Station (3) Follow the road and drive through an entrance gate to the camp. Continue following the road to the first Ivory Route signpost, where you will turn left (4). Follow the signposting to the camp (5). The camp is 8 km from the main road.

Total distance from Gravelotte is 104 km and approximate driving time is 1,5 hours. Be on the lookout for stray livestock along the road.

Directions from Giyani

Leave Giyani on road to Tzaneen R81. 1.5 km after crossing the bridge over the Little Letaba river turn left (1) No signpost. Drive 30 km until you reach the village Shawela. Turn left onto a gravel road with a sign for Baleni Rest Camp (3) Follow the road and drive through an entrance gate to the camp. Continue following the road to the first Ivory Route signpost, where you will turn left (4). Follow the signposting to the camp (5). The camp is 8 km from the main road.

Total distance from Giyani is 38 km and approximate driving time is 30 minutes. Be on the lookout for stray livestock along the road.

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Cancellation Policy

30 days or more before arrival – no charge | 29-15 days before arrival – 50% of total cost | 14-0 days before arrival – 90% of total cost
Please take out travel insurance to cover cancellation fees.

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