Activities

Fly fishing

Fly fishing is offered for rainbow and brown trout in seven stillwaters. Float tubing is allowed in four of the waters. A bag limit of two fish a day applies. Catch and release with barbless hooks are allowed in these dams. The big dam (46ha) provides a truly unique opportunity for seasoned fly anglers to test their skills in wild natural waters where catches in excess of 3,5kg are regularly recorded. Catch and release with barbless hooks is strictly enforced, providing a fishing experience that is unsurpassed and well worth the visit. The big dam is closed from 1 October to the beginning of Easter weekend. To fish here an extra fee per day per rod will be charged.

1150 rainbow trout was stocked into 6 dams on 6 October 2016. Guests record wealthy fighting fish regularly, and not only stockies are caught!!!

Horse riding

Horse-back game viewing. We cater for experienced and in-experienced riders with a maximum of 8 riders on an outride. Open hills and grasslands for easy riding. Maximum weight of 80kg. Horse riding is at an extra cost.

Game viewing

Game viewing on an open vehicle available with a minimum of 4 people on the game drive. Own vehicles (high ground clearance needed) may be used at no extra cost. Game species are blesbuck, eland, grey rhebuck, mountain reedbuck, fallow deer, ostrich, zebra, black wildebeest(endemic to South Africa), hares and jackal.

Hiking

6 marked hiking trails walking along fresh water streams, fountains and mountains. Experiencing pristine mountain flora and stunning views. Maps with explanations provided. The Balele Mountain Route take you past the big dam and along the escarpment to our own God’s window with a view of Newcastle and Utrecht. The River hike take you past big aloes to a game viewing lookout over our own Serengeti and along a stream to our “swemgat” (water hole for swimming). On the Skull hike you experience a great view over the valley. See the rock formation that represent a skull. The Game Fence hike take you along the game fence to the big dam and back via the valley behind the chalets. Trompie’s Cave hike isn’t a cave as we know caves or overhangs, it is made up of large rocks which make exploring great fun. You have a stunning view over the dams from the lookout point above the “cave”. The Ouhoutspruit hike take you up and across the mountain to a patch of Ouhout trees. These trees have “beards” hanging from them indicating the fresh air at Balele.

Bird watching

Balele is close to the birding haven of Wakkerstroom and is a member of the crane foundation. Blue Crane breed on the property. 1 x Endangered species occur here namely Rudd’s Lark. 7 x Vulnerable species have been reported Bald Ibis, Lesser Kestrel, African Marsh Harrier, Blue Crane, Crowned crane, Stanley’s Bustard and Yellow Pipit. 4 x Near threatened species namely Halfcollared Kingfisher, Blackwinged Plover, Woollynecked Stork and Secretary bird have been recorded. 14 x Grassland endemic species can also be seen at Balele Mountain Farms: Bald Ibis, Jackal Buzzard, Greywing Francolin, Blue Crane, Blue Korhaan, Pied Barbat, Rudd’s Lark, Cape Rock Thrush, Buffstreaked Chat, Grassbird, Rock Pipit, Yellowbreasted Pipit, Pied Starling, Orangethroated Longclaw,

Flocks of 28 blue cranes and 22 crowned cranes were recorded in October in the mealie land.

Plant species

The catchment area is a regional hotspot of plant diversity, with many endemic, rare and threatened plants. In the vicinity of the edge of the escarpment behind Balele a few orchids can be found. The area is predominantly sour short grassland. Canoeing: Canoes can be rented at the shop. Life jackets are available.