Chacma Bush Camp

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    Chacma Bush Camp

    Chacma Bush Camp offers the perfect big five safari experience in 8000 hectares of undulating landscapes dotted with rocky outcrops. This family-friendly camp in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve, sleeps a total of 10 people, and thus offers an authentic and intimate safari experience. Deep caves on the traverse and the Olifants River coursing through the region provide the perfect diverse landscape for game drives.

    The camp’s perimeter is hugged by Mopane woodlands which are a major drawcard for a wealth of wildlife. Elephants, bushbuck, kudu and plains game are commonly spotted in these woodlands, and can be viewed from the comfort of the deck area surrounding the sparkling swimming pool. There’s a natural waterlogged area in front of camp which provides wildlife with the much needed replenishment needed during the heat of the day.


    Chacma Bush Camp is located in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, The area is situated between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa in Limpopo Province. It is an 8000 hectare private game reserve, which shares open borders with the Kruger National Park. The undulating landscape is home to the Olifants River south of the camp and old mica caves dot the landscape throughout. Prominent mountainous ridges and boulder koppies characterise the terrain, making it an interesting region to explore on drive.

    The camp is easily accessible for fly-ins and self-drivers. There are a few ways of getting to Chacma. Guests that choose to self-drive will be met at the gate and escorted to park their cars at camp. Those that fly-in will need to fly into Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport) or Phalaborwa Airport. Guests catching the scheduled transfers from OR Tambo will need to be dropped off/picked up at Three Bridges Restaurant.


    There are 3 chalets at Chacma Bush Camp, constructed from a mix of stone and natural boulders. Each of the rooms is similar in its decor, amenities and finishings but differs slightly in its layout and views. All rooms have air-con, plenty of cupboard space and en-suite bathroom with shower.

    In total, the camp can sleep a maximum of 10 people. Klipspringer sleeps a family of 6 people and has an outdoor shower, Steenberg chalet sleeps 3 people and is next to the main area with a direct view of the waterhole, and the Grysbok chalet has two separate rooms sleeping 2 adults and 2 children.

    High-thread count linen and the highest quality mattresses are kitted throughout. Expect a maximum level of comfort while being surrounded by wild, rugged surrounds.

    About the Camp

    Chacma Bush Camp is located in an undulating, rocky landscape with plenty of drainage lines, ancient caves, boulders and koppies. The camp itself sleeps up to 10 people and children over 5 are welcome.

    A small waterhole is neatly positioned in front of the swimming pool and outdoor area; and is frequented by elephant herds. There is an unobtrusive elephant fence that keeps the pachyderms from coming into the camp. A swimming pool with stone decking overlooks the waterhole. Guests can relax on the sun lounger or under the lapa and watch plains game filter down to drink.

    During the down time between game drives, guests can retire to their humble thatched chalet for a quick siesta.

    Meals are always a highlight at camp, and the menu includes a range of traditional food combined with a flair for the modern. During game drives guests will stop for coffee and snacks in the morning, and evening game drives will involve a sundowner stop with sweeping views.


    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. 

    Game Viewing

    Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet, honey badger, among others.

    Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park and surrounding private game reserves. Game drives lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker and steenbok. Nyla buck and elephant herds are frequent visitors to the camp itself.

    The Kruger habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.