Antares Bush Camp & Safaris - The accommodation is set within the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve where wild animals are free to roam as they please. Elephants and lions abound on the reserve and are frequent visitors to the small waterhole.
Five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outside showers available with a fully equipped kitchen, spacious lounge and dining area in the main building. two wooden decks and a small swimming pool overlooking the waterhole provides the perfect place to sit and watch the animals quenching their thirst on those hot summer days, alternatively sit safely quietly in the underground Umgede Hide and view the animals from their level and only a few metres from you.
Enjoy a traditional braai in the evening as you listen to the roar of the lions and the trumpet of the elephants. For the nature loving tourist this is an exclusive but rustic camp which will cater for all your bush experience needs.
Facilities and Services:
- All rooms are equipped with air-conditioners and mosquito nets are available on request
- Laundry facility available on request
- Free Wi-Fi available throughout the centre
- Parking free of charge
Grietjie is one of several regions that makes up the vast Balule Nature Reserve that extends from Phalaborwa in the north to Hoedspruit in the south and between the R40 and the Klaserie Nature Reserve. The reserve is completely open to the Kruger National Park ensuring that a full variety of wildlife can be encountered during your stay.
We traverse across almost 8000Ha of a mixture of Mopane/Acacia and Marula/Bushwillow bushveld including several kilometres along the Olifants River.
Phalaborwa is the only entry gate located on the boundary of the Kruger National Park and is only 45 minutes drive from the camp. This gate gives you easy access to both central and northern areas of the Kruger. Wildlife and birdwatching cruises on the Kambaku boat can be arranged on the Olifants Barrage. This activity can be combined with a game drives as our traversing now allows us to access the boat through the reserve. A view over the mining town of Phalaborwa from the top of the view point gives an amazing view of the large hole left behind, some 400m below sea level at the very bottom.
While we offer one game drive/day in the rates our main attraction is the Umgede Underground hide where everyone, whether you are a professional photogrpaher of just a wildlife lover will be enthralled by the experiences that can be had viewing game safely from ground level and mere inches from you
Phalaborwa is know as the town of two summers, with the main summer being in the hotter and wetter months of October-April, and then the cooler (but not cold!) drier months of May-September. These drier months create a great viewing opportunity of wildlife coming down to the waterhole to quench their thirst.
If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 10% of the booking total.
* Cardholder, ID/Passport is required at check-in.
* The credit card used for the online deposit must be present at check-in. Accommodation rate includes one walk or drive/day. Additional activities such as game walks and drives, boat trips available on request, Conservation fee of R10/person/night payable on arrival. Subject to change.
Because we run the lodge on an exclusive basis and don’t mix groups we welcome children of all ages. Parents are advised though that the swimming pool is un-fenced and they are full responsibility to monitor their children in and around the camp at all times