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The entire camp is built around a waterhole frequented by buffalo and elephants, and is a quintessential Kruger bush camp

About the camp

Kingly Explorer Camp is an idyllic camp located in an unknown, wildlife-rich reserve. The camp holds great appeal for die-hard adventurers and keen safari-goers looking to get back to their roots.

The entire camp is built around a waterhole frequented by buffalo and elephants. Each of the 4 tents is linked to the main area by lantern-lined elevated wooden walkways, offering an added sense of safety in the rugged wilderness. 

The main area houses a swimming pool surrounded by a seating area. An intimate dining area flows easily into a seating area, complete with a rustic bar set-up. Guests can enjoy these small relaxation spaces, and read a book or connect over a gin and tonic. 

Nights are spent lounging around the fire pit in the boma area around a crackling campfire, chatting about recent sightings. Kingly Explorer Camp celebrates the simple and effortless safari lifestyle. 

Features and Facilities

  • Strategically placed safari chairs around the firepit area
  • Small splash pool with deck chairs and seating
  • Outdoor seating and indoor lounge area
  • Tea and coffee station in the main area
  • WiFi in the main area
  • No under 16s (unless you book the camp exclusively)
  • Waterhole in front of camp
  • Tea and coffee making station 
  • Indoor dining table
  • Homecooked bush style meals tailored to guests' dietary requirements
  • Raised wooden walkways joining tents to main areas
  • 4 Meru-style tents

Location

The meeting and arrival time needs to be arranged the night/day before and a high-clearance vehicle is needed if self-driving.

Kingly Explorer Camp is located in the GDP Reserve which is close to the Balule Nature Reserve and Grietjie Nature Reserve.

Forming part of the Greater Kruger, the GDP offers abundant opportunities to spot the Big 5.

Occupying a territory of 3000 hectares close to the perennial Olifants River, Kingly offers the best of both savannah and riverfront habitats.

In addition, the undulating landscapes laden with rocky outcrops and Mica hills provide plenty of den sites for big cats.

Getting There

Guests need to make their way to the Grietjie Balule Gate where they will be met by a representative who will escort them to camp. 

Fly into Hoedspruit Airport (Eastgate Airport) and either self-drive or road transfer to the gate. The distance is roughly 50 km from the centre of Hoedspruit. Continue on the R40 and take the Grietjie Balule turn off (it is well signposted) and drive to the Grietjie Balule gate. Sign-in at the gate and the team will meet you.

Fly into Phalaborwa Airport (Hendrick van Eck Airport) and either self-drive or road transfer to camp, which is about 25km away. Continue on the R40 and take the Grietjie Balule turn off (it is well signposted) and drive to the Grietjie Balule gate. Sign-in at the gate and the team will meet you.

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Brochure

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