Hmmm..... then I also noticed another thing .
As we all know , check-in times are posted all over etc etc . Now , for a satellite camp such as Balule , you need to check in either at Olifants or Satara , and my assumption is that one should check in there early enough in order to still arrive at Balule before normal gate closing time .
This time around , we stayed at Balule for three nights , but each evening visitors arrived well after dark at around 8.30 pm , at least two hours after gate closing , and every time they were escorted by a Sanparks vehicle . Generally these visitors did not spend any time outside their huts , just went to sleep , and left again next morning .
I got the impression that these visitors had been on night drives ( either Satara or Olifants ) , and of course explains why they could not check in at Balule before gate closing .
Why is this allowed ? It should be noted , that these visitors clearly do not stay in Balule for the experience of being there , or as Sanparks put it : With only the most basic of facilities and no electricity, a low fence is the only barrier that separates you from the wilderness, resulting in a true back to basics experience. It is this unique wilderness feel of the camp that makes it a firm favourite with backpackers, the caravanning community and other visitors who want to get away from it all