The Balule Conservation Project
The Balule Conservation Project

The Balule Conservation Project Team

The Transfrontier Africa team (running the Balule Conservation Project) is run by a competent, committed and very experienced group of people. Each person involved in this project is extremely passionate about Africa's conservation, protecting this patch of Africa in the Greater Kruger National Park community and in contributing to the wider conservation cause in Africa. In recent years this has naturally evolved to include a strong emphasis on the protection of the rhino in response to the poaching scurge which is affecting Africa's wild spaces.

Allow us to introduce them to you on this page...

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer, Warden, Conservationist, South Africa, Transfrontier, Balule Conservation Project, Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger Craig Spencer - The man that makes it all happen!

Managing Director (Transfrontier Africa in South Africa)

Senior Warden of Balule Olifants West

Project Manager for Balule Conservation Project


Transfrontier Africa (cc) Managing Director, Senior Ecologist and Head Warden of Balule, Craig Spencer, is a leading conservationist and field ecologist with more experience than most could claim at the end of a career. He was the head of the Overstrand Nature Conservation Department in the Western Cape of South Africa, a job that clashed with the numerous illegal fishing activities targeting Perlemoen among other species. He founded and ran the successful anti-poaching unit M.A.R.I.N.E.S., and lead the Betty's Bay Baboon monitoring program that investigated the human-baboon interactions.

He now runs the conservation and research project based at Indlovu camp in the Balule Nature Reserve, and has become responsible for the conservation of the entire park.

Warden and Senior Ecologist: Balule Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park. MSc - Primatology - Oxford-Brookes.

Lewyn Maefala

Lewyn Maefala, Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Environmental Education Officer Lewyn Maefala - Environmental Education Officer

Environmental Education Officer


Lewyn join Transfrontier Africa whilst completing her national diploma in Nature Conservation with Tshwane University of technology. After completing her 3 month Internship she was invited back to join the team in the newly created position of Environmental Education Officer. Until Lewyns arrival we were unable to start our project to introduce environmental courses into the school of the local communities boarding with Balule.

Lisa Trueman

Research, conservation of rhino, rhino monitoring, conservation volunteering projects, south africa, Kruger, Greater Kruger National Park, Transfrontier Africa. Lisa Trueman (Right, blue) | Left is Viv Burns from Pennies for Eles

Anti-poaching Operations Room Supervisor


Lisa started off as a volunteer with the project in March 2015, she then returned in November 2014 as a member of the team. Lisa is responsible for supervising the day to day running of the Anti-Poaching Operations room. Ensuring all systems are operational and running smoothly and assisting to develop new technologies to help in the fight against poaching.

Leonie Hofstra

Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Kruger, Greater Kruger, Conservation Leonie - Field Technician

Field Technician


Leonie started off as a volunteer at the project in May 2013, she returned to volunteer a further 2 times until finally joining the team in June 2014. Leonie is responsible for the day to day running of the camp and Manages our Rhino Conservation project.


anti-poaching dog, Lilly, black mambas, rhino, conservation, south africa, transfrontier africa, kruger park, greater kruger, balule Lilly - Anti-poaching Dog (Retired)

Anti-poaching Dog (retired)


Lilly was trained in human tracking and worked with the mambas on patrols. Due to medical reasons she retired in November 2015 and now lives at the Research house. Lilly loves attention and spends her days in the relaxing in the Office with Amy.

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