Baleni Cultural Camp | African Ivory Route

Klein Letaba River, Limpopo

Baleni is an environment where nature, economy and spiritualism have a rich integration. With an economy strongly dependent on traditional salt-mining, visiting Baleni allows the responsible traveller the opportunity to see how modern people integrate ancient traditions and techniques into their 21st century lives.

The area around Baleni provides an outdoor playground for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Single-tracks created by cattle meander through the mopani scrub, allowing you an endless variety of loops. Bird watchers will be delighted with the variety of birdlife, especially along the Klein Letaba River. This is a ‘get outdoors’ venue where the whole family can keep active.

Photos courtesy of The Good Holiday


1 April 2017  – 31 March 2018
Per person, per night sharing

(Single Supplement: 30%)

Fully catered & two activities:

R300 – SADC Residents

Children under 12: 50% of the adult rate


Guided walk through the local geothermal attractions (hot spring, ‘magic mountain’ and along the banks of the Klein Letaba river), R155 per person.

Guided visit with the salt makers who will come in especially for your group to teach you the real process of extracting salt from the sand, R1100 for a group.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Full-service Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, all meals, two activities.
Full-service Exclusions: Gratuities.
Self-catering Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, self-catering facilities with gas cooker, fridge & freezer, cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery; a few LED solar lights in rooms and USB-solar charging facilities.
Self-catering Exclusions: Meals, activities, gratuities

Please note: optional meals or activities must be pre-ordered & paid when booking accommodation. We do not carry any stock of alcohol, soft drinks or bottled water in the camps, and guests are advised to bring their own. Should this not be suitable, please advise us at the time of booking and we will quote for your specific requirements.

Experience Ancient Traditions

Baleni is situated near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. Staff from Baleni can take guests for a walk down to a geothermal hot spring – the only undeveloped hot spring in Southern Africa. Maintaining a water temperature of around 42 degrees, this spring is a sacred site for the local Tsonga community. Your guide will explain the spiritual significance of the spring, and educate you in the expected terminologies and behaviours for visitors. After washing away your bad luck in the spring, your walk can continues to the salt harvesting site.

During the winter months guests can watch local ladies harvesting salt from the crystals that are deposited from the geothermal spring. This is an ancient skill and of important economic value to the people of the area.

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Cancellation Policy

30 days or more before arrival – no charge | 29-15 days before arrival – 50% of total cost | 14-0 days before arrival – 90% of total cost
Please take out travel insurance to cover cancellation fees.

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