Utrecht Balele Community Game Park & Caravan Resort

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Utrecht Balele Community Game Park

3 Star
Name of hostsRobert Stannard
Tel: 034 331-4271
Cell+27 (0)82 873 5575
Emailrobert@pnenviro.co.za
Webwww.utrecht.gov.za

Utrecht Balele Community Game Park & Caravan Resort
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Description

The Utrecht Balele Community Game Park is situated around the town of Utrecht. It covers an area of 2500 ha, including the surrounding mountains. Over 15 Species of game may be found roaming the Park including Giraffe, Kudu, Zebra and Leopard.

Venison

The game park has a registered Game Abattoir and can supply all your venison requirements for restaurants and supermarkets.

Acommodation

For the overnight visitor looking for a little luxury there is the magnificent Kiepersol Lodge complex with four upmarket lodges and two luxury Safari Tents. The whole lodge caters for 28 people, but each unit is fully self contained offering a perfect self catering family getaway. Kiepersol lodge is built around a central lapa and swimming pool on the mountain slopes below the cliffs overlooking the game park.

Kudu Lodge: Sleeps 9 people in 3 bedrooms with open plan kitchen and lounge with fireplace Includes main Lapa.

Giraffe Lodge: Honeymoon suite with a jet bath and veiled bed, open plan lounge and fireplace.

Impala and Zebra Lodges: Family units sleep 4 with open plan kitchen and lounge and an outside patio with braai.

For the more adventurous who like to camp out under the stars or rough it a little there is a Bush camp - Situated at the far end of the game park lies six beautiful camp sites on the banks of the Doornspruit, with braai places, hot showers and flush toilets.

The Old Weltervreden Farm House offers rustic accommodation for school groups, sports camps and hikers.

The Upmarket Safari Tents each sleep 4 people. They are well positioned close to the Kiepersol Lodge yet surrounded by trees to ensure awesome views and absolute privacy.

Nyala Safari Tent: Situated in a secluded forest alongside a trickling stream. Has a large sundeck under the forest canopy - a bird watcher's paradise.

Bushbuck Safari Tent: Overlooks the forest canopy and cliffs above. Magnificent views of the mountain. Includes two hammocks on the sundeck.

Attractions

The Utrecht Balele Community Game Park and Caravan Resort is located on the outskirts of Utrecht Town within the Game Park. The Main Entrance to the Game Park and Caravan resort is situated next to the Utrecht Country Club on the main road, Voor Street that runs through town to the Burger's Pass.

The Caravan Resort is situated on the edge of the town dam and has no fewer than 36 caravan stands, three chalets and nine fisherman's cottages. The caravan stands are all situated under shady trees and with grassy lawns around two large communal ablution facilities. All the stands are electrified with standard caravan plug points. The chalets and cottages are all fully equipped for self-catering and all sleep four people. The cottages are situated on the waters edge and are ideal for the avid fisherman who would like to fish from his/her front patio. The whole complex is within easy walking distance of the Country Club, which offers a variety of sports facilities.

The Utrecht Balele Community Game Park surrounds the whole town of Utrecht and therefore makes Utrecht a Town Within a Game Park with no fences between the town and the game park. The Game Park covers an area of over 2500ha and is stocked with no fewer than fifteen game species, including Impala, Blesbuck, Kudu, Blue Wildebeast, Red Hartebeast, Nyala, Bushbuck, Burchell's Zebra, Common Duiker, Steenbuck, Eland, Waterbuck, Mountian Reedbuck, Warthog and Giraffe, not to mention the myriad of natural predators such as Caracal, Serval and now recently a resident Leopard.

The birdlife in the game park is prolific with over 250 species being recorded in the area and recently a wetland area has been rehabilitated, which includes a bird hide and has already attracted a number of new bird species to the park. The vegetation in the park varies from open vleis and grassland to dense Acacia woodland and thickets, all the way to mountain grassland on top of the mountain plateaus.

The Game Park itself offers a variety of accommodation, including the Kiepersol Lodge situated high on the mountain slopes over looking the park, with its four luxury self catering lodge units and newly built secluded Safari Tents, all built around a magnificent lapa that incorporates a massive indigenous fig tree and the nearby cascade swimming pool. Each of these units is unique in its style and design and caters for both individual families or large extended groups of up to 28 people. There is also a rustic bush camp and overnight hiking hut for those who want to enjoy a raw bush experience.

The Game Park caters for all types, from those who just want a place to relax by a stream while enjoying a picnic to those who want to experience the bush up close and personal, while doing a guided walk or a sun-downer game drive. The game park is also equipped to tailor make holidays and team building and/or conference experiences.

For those who want to take part in the game park management, the park offers a limited amount of its annual off take of animals in the form of hunting packages to qualified hunters. With the registered game abattoir ready to prepare a bag to whatever is required, they offer the prospective hunter the ideal hunting destination.

Game Park Activities

  • Self Drive game viewing
  • Various Picnic spots throughout the Par
  • Guided Sundowners/Night Drives
  • Guided interpretive walks

Hunting

Limited hunting packages are offered to qualified hunters. Over 12 species of game on offer as part of the annual game culling operation. Excellent facilities including a registered Game abattoir where you can process your venison.


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