Bateleur Safari Camp offers an authentic South African safari experience, flexible experiential schedules in a Big 5 area, spacious eco-friendly accommodation and unpretentious comfort.
The camp is located in South Africa's renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an exceptional safari location adjacent to the Kruger National Park and shares unfenced borders allowing free animal movement.
The focus of the camp’s main area is the covered, open-sided wooden deck that houses the lounge and dining areas and overlooks a 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. The dining area is the perfect location for enjoying sumptuous meals whilst absorbing the sights and sounds of the African bush. The wooden deck extends past the adjacent chemical-free swimming pool, which allows guests to cool off in the heat of the day without missing the wildlife and birdlife that frequent the area.
The central area is completed by a tastefully finished, low-walled boma area 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.
Accommodating up to 16 people, the camp offers very spacious, comfortable cabins with a thatched A-frame roof and covered patio; canvas sides with large windows have 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 cabins 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 with high quality towels.
This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The landscape is typical of the undulating granitic Lowveld basin with large broad-leafed trees dominating the uplands, followed by Acacia woodlands, which give way to the large trees that form the riverine vegetation in the valley bottoms. Highly productive and open sodic areas dominate along the sandy riverbeds.
Guided activities take place every morning at sunrise and every afternoon-evening from mid-afternoon, all under the watchful guidance of qualified and armed rangers. The daily schedule remains flexible, the rangers tap into their intimate knowledge of local wildlife and weather conditions and then discuss the various options with the guests. Taking people’s different interests and energy-levels into account. Guests are highly likely to spend at least a little time on foot, to get a completely different perspective. For those up for a bit more adventure, these bush walks can go on for a few hours if everyone is enjoying it and engrossed in the tracking process. The camp is fast becoming one of the premier Big 5 walking safari destination in southern Africa.
The camp is surrounded by a 2-strand electric ‘elephant fence’ which is in place to prevent the elephants from damaging 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.
R6 000.00 [$400.00] per person sharing per night
Includes accommodation in quality 2 to 4 person safari units with en suite bathroom, Daily morning and afternoon/evening guided game activities led by qualified rangers and trackers, Informative instruction relating to bushcraft and survival skills, 3 meals per day; teas & coffees; soft drinks; juices; drinking water.