Baleni african ivory route camp

This cultural camp is an environment where nature 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 and you can also check out the Hot Springs with all of the myths and legends attached to it. 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 but the highlight is in the winter months when guests can watch local ladies harvesting salt from the crystals that are deposited from the geothermal spring. This is an ancient skill which is fascinating to watch and the resulting smoky salt has been endorsed by the Slow Food Movement and Jamie Oliver.

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