The diverse landscape of the Balule / Parsons Reserve offers many great vantage points, perfect for spotting any movement below from the iconic big cats to the bushveld's scavengers. The flowing waters of the Olifant’s River run through the reserve and crocodiles can be seen lurking in the water or basking in the sun. Being open to the Kruger Park, most of the game is habituated to vehicles and tourists, allowing for close-up encounters and many photographic opportunities. The main predator sightings include - lions, leopards, wild dog, spotted hyena and crocodiles.
The lodge overlooks the flowing Olifant's River and a bustling waterhole, both of which attract many iconic inhabitants or all shapes, sizes and species. Elephants can often be seen wading across the river or even browsing the branches around the lodge. Other species you can expect to see include - hippo, giraffe, buffalo, rhino, zebra, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, steenbok, duiker, baboons & vervet monkeys to name a few. Head out on safari with your knowledgable guides and experience up close and informative sightings of Africa's wildlife.
The Balule birdlife is second to none and harbours a huge variety of riverine species, drawn in by the winding waterway. The rare pel’s fishing owl has been seen in front of the lodge and kingfishers, herons, vultures and many eagle species are common sightings.
A perfect place to observe the birdlife, is either from your room deck, or better yet down by the river at our shaded seating areas. Bird-watching at Phakamani is a true highlight.