Your home away from home
The majority of your time will be spent staying at the stunning strudwig eco-reserve in balulue private game reserve, From here we will be exploring the surrounding area and conducting our various projects.
Heres a glimpse of what you can expect it to be like.
About the Acomodation
Near the town of Hoedspruit and Hidden away in the heart of the African Bush, the camp itself can be found on the banks of Olifants river in the middle of a 400 square kilometer, Big 5 game reserve.
You'll be staying in same-sex, shared dorm rooms, each room sleeping between 4-8 people and shared bathrooms or on occasion and for certain lucky individuals en-suites.
Although your in the Bush the rooms themselves will have all the amenities you need, cupboard space, fans for hotter days and power points to keep cameras well charged!
Kitchen and communal
The communal dining area is where your breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served.
Some evenings well opt to have a highly traditional South Africa "Braai" or as is know else where a BBQ in which case we can move the dinning area to the fire itself.
As well as being a great spot to relax with a book, compare photos or and go over the various findings and data from your research programs they area are a perfect vantage point over the river which often is visited by various animals looking for their morning and evening drink.
There is also a bar area with some drinks (Non-alcoholic) and bottle water available that the reserve keeps stocks and your able to purchase from and socialize in the evenings as well as a Boma (Enclosure with a fire) that your again welcome to sit, light a fire and relax.
On site amenities
On site activities
Most free and leuisure time between and after activities is spent socializing around the camp with your fellow group members and the other guides staying on site.
Board games, cards, ball games and other activities are also common place along with the most popular activity spent watching and observing the various animals making their way to and from the river nearby.
We are blessed to have a pool!
This weather you prefer to swim or prefer to sun bath either way this is invaluable in the summer months especially.
Theres also a net ball court which but otherwise frizbees, balls and bats are always a good thing to bring along.
Phone and Wifi
The site iself is quite remote, this means that although their is wi-fi available and phone signal and does come and go.
On weekends you will have the chance to access better internet and upload photos, video and catch up with friends and family, as well as taunt them with jealous.
For those who wish to purchase their own South African phone provider vodafone seems to provide the better signal in the area.
Their is an onsite laundrette where you will be able to access and keep your cloths fresh and clean, ready to get mucky again during conservation work!
Fencing and security
Although the site is fully fenced of to keep a comfortable and safe barrier between animals and humans, for both parties please be mindful that you are on a big 5 reserve!
Animals such as antelope, monkeys and warthogs regularly visit the camp so if or rather when animals do come into come camp your ranger will instruct and explain any health and safety concerns and a bit about the behavior of the animal to ensure you are feeling comfortable with it being around and how better to co-exist.
At least one ranger will always be with you at all times while you are on site to keep an eye out and although the place is well illuminated please keep your own eyes out, especially at night.
Rules and respect.
The site itself is your home, please treat the place and any other guests or staff who are sharing it with you the respect they deserve and you will be treated like wise.
Equally be mindful of the fact you are on a protected reserve and anyone found making a mess, damaging the environment or littering risks the wrath of your Safari Guides.
About the Reserve
What can you expect to see?
the reserve itself due to conservation success now shares an unfenced boarded with the world famous Kruger National Park. Meaning the reserve itself is a wildlife paradise and is home to many different species of flora and fauna.
Home to iconic African Animals such as Lions, Elephants, Zebras, as well as over 40 species of mammal, 220 species of birds, 336 species of trees and teeming with numerous other reptile, insect and plants you'll have the chance to see them all. We can't guarantee you'll see all of them but we can guarantee every day spent exploring you'll see something new and exciting.
Along with the magnificent wildlife as you explore your home away from home the picturesque landscape and breathtaking night sky will provide an endless sense of wonder.
More about the reserve
This 400 square kilometers are littered with various ecosystems, the predominant being wooded savana, open grass lands and river systems, mainly the olifants river which is a peri-anual river.
The provides various different envrionments and habitats for animals to thrive.