Situated in the Balule Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the rustic Parsons Hilltop is a charming and intimate tented safari camp which offers comfort and a stylish ambiance.
Balule is home to the Big Five, as well as many species of birdlife and an extraordinary abundance of smaller wildlife. Your guide, a highly qualified and experienced wildlife expert, will take you on morning and afternoon safari drives in an open game vehicle. As the number of lodges in the reserve is restricted, you will be able to enjoy animal sightings privately, undisturbed by other spectators. Bush walks are also available on request.
The main guest areas consist of a cosy sitting area and a small bush library where guests can read and relax inbetween game drives. There is also a lounge deck with views over the bushveld and the Drakensberg mountains, and a plunge pool which is ideal for a refreshing dip.
Dining options include light lunches, high teas and al fresco dining under the stars or at the traditional 'boma' around the firepit. Guests can also enjoy a romantic dinner on their private viewing deck or at a setup in the middle of the bush.
The camp consists of just 4 secluded safari tents. The tents are well appointed and have a luxurious decor and en-suite bathrooms. Three of the 4 tents have a private viewing deck that looks out over the lit-by-night waterhole where animals often come to drink; the other tent offers stunning views of the valley.
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All meals; daily housekeeping; and one game drive per night stay are included.
3 Night Package: All meals; daily game drives; game walks; a full day excursion to Kruger National Park; and a laundry service are included.
5 Night Package: All meals; daily game drives; game walks; a full day excursion to Kruger National Park;a full day along the Panorama Route; a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre; and a journey through South Africa's nature miracles (like God's Window, Bourke's potholes, Lisbon waterfalls and the Three Rondavels).
PLEASE NOTE: Drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R185 per person Conservation Fee and a R80 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children aged 13 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 13 years of age can only be accommodated if the entire camp is booked.
Directions For Drivers
From Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Pass Mica village and keep going, pass an Engen fuel station (Sameys) on your right. Turn right after approx 500 metres at the Balule Parsons Gate (sign is on the left, but the GATE is on right side of the road).
From Johannesburg: Take N12 or N4 Highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg’s O.R.Tambo Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Go past eMalahleni and turn left at Belfast onto the R540. Drive through Dullstroom, Lydenburg and Orighstad towards Hoedspruit and follow the directions above.
From Polokwane: Follow the R71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on the R71 (do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte) but continue to the T-junction, turn left, continue for 700 metres, than turn right off the R40, where you see the Balule Parsons Gate (sign is on the left, the Gate is on the right side of the road).
From the Reserve Gate: For self-drive visitors, there is a R185 per person Conservation Fee and a R80 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Once in the reserve, continue straight along the gravel road. You will continue for about 5 km and get to a building where there is a gate saying Nyati to the right. Do not turn off, just continue straight.
Follow the road to the right and continue straight along the fence line. You will start going past sign boards with number and names. Do not turn off anywhere, you continue straight and go past a sign to the left saying: Raptors Retreat, and then another sign, to the left, saying ‘Elephant Game Lodge.
The next road right is the road to the lodge with the sign Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp. Here you will turn right and just follow the road up to the camp.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
General Information For Guests
Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and W/C, a standing fan or ceiling fan, tea/coffee making facilities and an in-room safe. Mosquito nets are also available.
The luxury safari stents have indoor and outdoor showers, and offers a king size extra length bed or 2 twin beds.
The lodge has a main sitting area, a library, lounge deck, plunge pool and an outdoor firepit or boma.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in the main area.
Romantic dinners on your private viewing deck or at a setup in the middle of the bush can also be arranged.
Activities that are available include game drives, birdwatching and stargazing.
Guided bush walks and excursions into Kruger National Park are offered to guests staying over 3 nights.
A full day trip along the Panorama Route and a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre are offered to guests staying over 5 nights.
Activities that can be arranged at an additional cost include hot air balloon rides, day trips or visits to the nearby town for souvenir shopping or a wonderful massage.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
A laundry service is available (additional cost, except for guests who have booked a package).