Take a walk on the wild side. Explore a concession in the southern Kruger National Park on foot...
Bateleur Safari Camp
Bateleur Safari Camp
Bateleur Safari Camp
Located in South Africa's world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies within the Greater Kruger National Park open system and covers an area of 53,396 hectares (131,944 acres) with 47 landowners Bound by a common constitution committed to preserving the fauna and flora of the area and well know for their white lions. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is renowned world-wide for its excellent game viewing and luxurious lodges.
The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Game Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Game Reserve in the west and Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the south. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the reserves.
In Xitsonga, the name 'Timbavati' means "the place where something sacred came down to Earth from the Heavens", and refers to the rare white lions of Timbavati.
The camp is surrounded by a 2-strand electric ‘elephant fence’ which is merely in place to prevent the elephants from destroying the en-suite bathrooms, central showers, or swimming pool in the dry season, or the camp’s beautiful trees whenever the mood takes them. Everything shorter than an adult elephant can and does walk freely through the camp area.
Bateleur Safari Camp is ideal for couples, singles and small groups who are looking for a Timbavati safari that exceeds expectations, while simultaneously offering an up-close experience of the true African bush and wildlife. Bateleur is completely eco-friendly, making the camp the place where conservation and adventure meet.
Six very spacious, comfortable safari units can accommodate up to 16 peoplee
Each safari unit has a thatched A-frame roof with supporting gum-pole structure and covered patio; canvas sides with large windows offering fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps; double wooden front doors with fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps for the top half; a large en-suite bathroom.
The safari units vary in size, each sleeping 2-4 persons in comfort with spacious beds, quality linen, mosquito nets, bedside tables, solar powered bedside lamps, wardrobes, adequate storage facilities, secure safes for valuables and a solar powered fan for the hot weather. Plug points are provided for charging camera batteries. Each spacious en-suite bathroom has a flush-toilet, basin and a hot-water shower. Some units have an interior bath tub and a private outdoor shower
When designing and building Bateleur Safari Camp, it was a priority to make as small a footprint as possible. Tented walls were chosen over concrete structures, allowing guests inside the units a closer interaction with the outdoors. No trees were removed during the building process, allowing the camp to unobtrusively blend into the surrounds. Literally hundreds of trees have subsequently been planted in and around the camp.
Even relaxing around the pool you will be able to watch animals walk past
Wooden deck houses the lounge and dining areas and overlooks the riverbed and its seasonal waterhole. The comfortable lounge area is an ideal place for idle game viewing or relaxing with a good book and a cool drink between guided activities. Books are available from the library and drinks can be purchased from the bar.
Boma the low-walled boma area is open to the stars with chairs set up around a central fireplace. This is an ideal place to relax around the fire and share stories of the day’s activities under a big African sky. Adjacent is the camp’s braai/barbeque area where food is often prepared by the chef on the open fire.
River deck Please feel free to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the deck overlooking the dry river bed.
The chemical-free Swimming pool allows guests to cool off in the heat of the day without missing the wildlife and birdlife that frequent the area.The swimming pool is situated adjacent to the bar / dining area. Sun loungers and swimming towels have been placed at the poolside for your convenience.
Quality food and beverages Enjoy pure South African style safari cooking. The food at Bateleur is excellent and best described as ‘wholesome South African cooking’. It’s high quality, appetizing, tasty food that can be enjoyed in great company surrounded by the unique African bushveld. A small selection of South African wines, beers, ciders and spirits is available.
Enjoying the lodge
Bateleur Safari Camp is sustainable
Bateleur Safari Camp is a truly authentic safari experience.
A day at Bateleur Safari Lodge
Game activities are planned for mornings and evenings as this is the time when the animals are most active. The game drives last for about three hours and include a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sun-downer stop in the evening. Bateleur Safari Lodge adjusts the daily activities to suit their guests, so the schedule below is just a guide line
We suggest that guests arrive in time for lunch on their day of arrival not to miss out on any game drives during their stay.
Making a difference
As mentioned above Bateleur Safari Lodge is Eco-friendly and sustaibnable, As an eco-friendly safari camp, Bateleur makes every effort to conserve, reuse and recycle as much as possible.The entire camp and staff village, run on solar power. A series of solar panels harvest energy from the sun, which is stored it in a 24-battery bank. Operation of the system is self-sufficient, with a silent generator automatically kicking in on poor solar absorption days. Future plans include an earthworm farm to be used in conjunction with the camp’s compost, to provide organic nutrients from the kitchen’s vegetable cuttings. Microbes are also used in the veggie garden, to prepare soil naturally without the use of chemicals and harsh fertilisers. Store-bought, shower gels, dishwashing liquids and ammonia-based cleaning products are no longer used. All cleaning products and shower gel/hand soaps are 100% eco-friendly
There is no better way experience the fauna and flora up close than on a guided game walk
This is a Low Risk Malaria area.
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