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Enjoy daily game drives, sundowner sessions and secret viewing spots in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve - an unexplored and wild wilderness area

Safari

Guests have the option of enjoying a combination of outdoor activities and taking advantage of the lodge facilities. 

  • Guests are treated to a morning and evening game drive. Morning drives normally depart between 5:00 - 6:00 depening on the season. There's always a pre-drive coffee and another coffee break in the wilderness during the drive. Evening game drives start at about 3:30 - 4:30, depending on the season. Evening game drives include a sundowner stop and continue into the darker hours. Each drive is about 3 -4 hours long. 
  • We can arrange a special sundowner session, or bush breakfast upon request. A step from the daily sundowner celebration. This might include a session on the banks of the Olifants River or on rocky outrcop overlooking the reserve. 
  • Bird watching
  • Boma dinners around the fire.
  • Walks to the “koppie” behind the camp for scenic vistas. 

Daily Schedule

During the winter months morning game drives/walks begin later and evening drives start early. 

A typical day at Chacma Bush Camp begins with an early morning wake-up call, coffee and an activity. 

Below is a rough schedule of what an average day on safari looks like. Times may vary depending on season and weather conditions.

  • 05h00 – Wake-up call
  • 05h30 – Quick coffee and depart for activity
  • 08h30 - 09h00 - Return to camp and enjoy a hearty breakfast
  • 14h30 - Lunch
  • 16h00 – Depart for afternoon/night game drive
  • 19h00 to 20h00 – Return to camp 
  • 20h00 – Dinner followed by campfire chatter/drink. Guests can enjoy a traditional South African braaivleis (barbecue) cooked over the open fire.

When to Go

The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November – February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, and very seldom lasts longer than a few hours. The mean average maximum temperatures range from 24.5°C in July to 31.5°C in January with the mean monthly minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C. 

During the winter season the bushveld thins out and water becomes scarce. Wildlife will flock to available water sources such as waterholes and pans in front of lodges. Animals become easier to see because the summer lushness of the bush has thinned out. During the summer, wildlife gains plenty of moisture from the surrounding greenery. 

What to Pack

Throughout the year, lightweight neutral-coloured clothing is recommended, as well as suitable walking shoes. Avoid brightly coloured clothing and choose a selection of khaki, green, white and brown. 

There is a swimming pool, so bring swimming togs along, hats, sun glasses, and sunscreen, and remember to pack cameras, chargers, binoculars, and other gadgets or reference books for the area’s wildlife and landscape if you would like.

Early morning game drives can be chilly, especially during the cooler months of the year (May to October) and it is recommended that guests pack enough warm clothing, such as scarfs, beanies, and jackets.

What to Expect

Chacma Bush Camp is the in a relatively unknown reserve in the corner of the Balule Nature Reserve (Maseke). There are barely any lodges and camps in the area; giving guests a thrilling experience with wildlife roaming a landscape filled with geographical marvels. Life is relaxed at Chacma, where the focus is on the the natural surrounds, wildlife and homely cuisine.  

Expect morning and evening game drives with sundowner and breakfast stops. On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game than you would in a national park. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. 

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