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R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#11 of 18 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
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Chacma Bush Camp, enviably located deep within theheart of the Maseke Game Reserve (a management area of the Balule Private Nature Reserve), offers the perfect Big Five safari experience in undulating landscapes dotted with rocky outcrops. This family-friendly camp sleeps a total of 10 people, and thus offers an authentic and intimate safari experience close to the Olifants River.
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R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport361 kmSee all flights
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376amits wrote a review Oct 2020
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa1 contribution
Being at Chacma bush camp after a long lockdown period was definitely refreshing...Clean,warm,welcoming cottages with Eddie and Shirley who were very friendly hosts.There was Collins who talked about his experiences as a tracker during lunch and dinner.Eddie and Collins went out of the way to make our safari experience wonderful.When we spotted a lion near the waterhole at the dinner area, they happily took us on s short drive at night to see if we can track the lion.They slso walked into the bushes for a bit and used their expertise to move the lions towards our line of sight.Quite exciting! We missed a kill but the kids got to see the animals in action.Our youngest who is 4 got to go on the early morning and evening safari as we were a group of 7 members and he was fairly quiet for 3+ hours of safari.So the experience in all was enjoyable.We also had a child with gluten free requirements and it was catered to.The pool kept the kids busy between the safari trips!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Shaun K wrote a review Mar 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom28 contributions14 helpful votes
OK so where should I start. Probably with the best two guides in the business. Keegan and Marko where just outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable,accommodating and above all we felt safe and confident in their hands. They expertly guided us around the reserve and we were treated to some amazing experiences. These included having a pride of 7 or so lions surrounding the landcruiser, tracking down a leopard and a night time encounter with Elephants. We saw the big 5 and will never forget that. We are also interested in birds and the knowledge the guys showed in this area was amazing as well. The camp itself is lovely and all the staff so welcoming. The food also was excellent and tucking in to a hearty breakfast after a 4:30am start for the morning drive was a treat. I would not hesitate to recommend this location to anyone wanting a real experience with wild animals. Simply outstanding
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Date of stay: February 2020
Pasties wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
An incredible 4 days at Chacma & the Maseke reserve. We saw lions, elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocs etc and an unbelievable number of exotic birds. Highlights? A gigantic white rhino built like a tank during day and night drives, a battle-scarred Hyena hiding in the bush and, on the final night while travelling back to camp, a beautiful female Leopard no further than 10m from the Land Cruiser! Awesome to see this beautiful creature. The terrain is rugged & tough, so don’t expect tarmac or paving; this adds to the safari experience. You get a vehicle that’s designed to get over more or less anything and built to seat 9+ comfortably. The vantage points for the regular drink & snack breaks are quite simply stunning. Whether it’s the distant Drakensburg mountains to the south or flat bush covered land as far as the eye can see to the east, you’ll be spoilt for great photo opportunities. The weather was mid 40’s during our stay, tough for pasty skinned Brits like us, but if your sensible and wary of the African sun, you’ll survive it! The UV is different in the part of the world! The guides and trackers are incredibly knowledgable, friendly & articulate who are willing to give their time to answer the silliest questions from Europeans than know next-to-nothing about the natural environment in the Greater Kruger. The camp itself is a quiet oasis set beside a small dam that was frequented by a herd of elephants several times during our stay. To see them so close, drink in hand, on a sun lounger was surreal! There are three air-conditioned lodges at camp, perfectly proportioned with enough distance between each lodge to provide privacy when you want it. Very comfortable & cosy, particularly at night when if you’re lucky, you can hear lions calling in the distance. The food was tasty and in-keeping with the environment, so no fuss or endless menu choice - the way if should be. You get what’s provided, and that was more than good enough for us. Kudos to the guides, trackers, management & crucially the back of house team (chefs, rooms etc), a top notch experience. Well done all!!!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shila9090 wrote a review Dec 2019
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Really loved our stay at Chacma Bush Camp. Such a lovely place with amazing staff. The game viewing was incredible for first time safari. We had 3 nights in total but didnt want to leave! The pictures on the website are really accurate and we hade the fortune to witness a heard of elephants coming to the watering hole. A special thanks to Collins and Marko for answering all our 1000 questions about the wildlife. We learnt so much! Love, Shabbis, Mellis, Addis, Fillis
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Ewoud P wrote a review Nov 2019
Ermelo, South Africa4 contributions
Perfect location to unwinded. This is a hidden gem of the bushveld. Great experience. Great game drive. Best Leopard sightseeing ever. I would highly recommend Chacma Bush Camp. The rooms are super clean. Thanks to all the staff for a great experience
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chacma Bush Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Chacma Bush Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Chacma Bush Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Chacma Bush Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chacma Bush Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Chacma Bush Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Chacma Bush Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.