Balule Bush Lodge is nestled on the foothills of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain range.
Why an Elephant (the Iconic “Kambaku”) as our logo?
Balule Bush Lodge is situated in an area known as Olifantshoek (directly translated meaning Elephant’s Corner). Following the R24 towards Rustenburg one will pass through Olifantsbrug (Elephant’s Bridge), Olifantspoort (Elephant’s Port) and lastly Olifantsnek (Elephant’s Neck).
The Magaliesberg Mountain Range stretches 120 km from Rustenburg in the West to Bronkhorstspruit in the East and forms a natural barrier between the cool highveld to the South and the lower lying and warmer bushveld to the North.
In early years up to the early 1900’s this area was home to huge elephant herds. The Magaliesberg were also teeming with rhino, buffalo, giraffe and many species of antelope. Even today the Magaliesberg still abounds in wildlife.
When one follows the Magaliesberg from Rustenburg to Pretoria one also realizes that there were only a few places where wild animals and especially elephant and buffalo, could cross the majestic Magaliesberg in order to migrate from south to north and back during the dry winter and wet summer months.
Olifantspoort, Hartebeespoort and Wonderboompoort were amongst other places the 3 most popular natural areas where wildlife could cross the mountain and history shows that massive elephant herds were seen by the early pioneers at these natural ports. Just at the other side of the Magaliesberg when one travels on the R24 through present-day Olifantsnek, one will find Hunter’s Rest Protea Hotel. Hunter’s Rest also has a rich history dating back to 1840 when hunters from all over the world were hunting in Africa. These natural ports became a good place for hunters to “ambush” elephants as they were crossing the Magaliesberg.
In the world renowned Kruger National Park and more specifically the Letaba Rest Camp, one would find an elephant exhibition in the Elephant Hall.
This elephant exhibition is a proudly South African heritage. In this exhibition one is left in awe at the size of the biggest elephants (tuskers) that ever lived in Southern Africa and collectively these great tuskers are known as the “Magnificent Seven”.
The Magnificent Seven Elephants are: