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Bateleur Safari Camp

Lodge style Eco-friendly & Untamed

Breathe Africa

The message from Bateleur Main Camp is clear: the staff caters people seeking a genuine, high quality safari. The emphasis is not on hotel-like accommodations with luxury frills. Indeed, you will have a quality, spacious accommodation with unpretentious comfort, but more importantly, with only four tents and an exclusive location, you can create your perfect safari experience, as there is almost no camp as flexible as this one. Feel like walking extensively? The guides will take you wherever you want to go. If you want to drive to a neighbouring property to confirm the rumours of lion cubs, they will drive until the cubs can be admired (or have exhausted all possibilities). And if guides bend their ears during dinner to hear sounds of a fight, or other interesting wildlife activity, they will hop in the open safari vehicle and take you – day or night. To cut to the chase: the staff goes above and beyond to accommodate you. And they have some unique selling points on hand to keep this promise.

Activities at Bateleur Camp

Since we can assure you that the camp, which is operated by solar power, provides everything you need – tents with soft beds and in and outdoor showers (one tent boasts a bathtub), a chemical-free swimming pool and cosy boma for home cooked meals – we would like to elaborate on the activities offered by Bateleur Main Camp. Here, you will have the benefit of a 10.000-hectare traverse, which includes several neighbouring properties (in case your stay happens to be during one of those inexplicable times where wildlife seems to have migrated elsewhere). Due to very limiting agreements with their neighbours, vehicle density on the 3.500 hectare Bateleur property is very low. There is a good chance that you won’t encounter any other people or safari vehicles throughout the whole duration of your stay. This opens the door to extensive, guided bush walks for those who prefer to be on foot. If it is just your group staying at the camp, you will have the full attention of both the head guide and head tracker. Walk as much as you want; the possibilities are endless. If there are other guests at the camp, specific requests for extended walking can be accommodated by splitting the group. So set foot on one of the premier walking safari destinations in Southern Africa (please note that minimum age for bush walks is twelve years old).

Bushcrafts & wholesome food

Do you want to leave Bateleur as a true bush-expert (and show off a little back home)? During your stay, weather permitting, they will teach you some classic wilderness skills – or, in other words, bushcraft. Including survival skills such as tracking and navigation, lighting fires, making ropes or water containers, and even pottery (oh yes). If the sky is clear (and it often is) you will also be treated to basic astronomy, focused on providing information regarding stars that are visible in Southern Hemisphere at different times of the year with the naked eye. And for real thrill seekers, the spider and scorpion module gives you the opportunity to handle and learn about these beautiful (but slightly scary) creatures in a safe and informative environment. All these activities are included. A day of learning and exploring makes the belly rumble, so at night the cooks of Bateleur spoil you with soulful, wholesome African cooking. No countless courses, or small bites decorated with drizzles, but hearty, tasty food. Weather permitting, the staff also likes to offer a bush dinner to all guests, at no extra charge. This exclusive bush dinner is hosted on a dry riverbed near the camp. Enjoy an incredible dining experience by candlelight, under a blanket of stars, and listen to the sounds of the African bush around a crackling campfire. This is where you come to hear, taste, see, grasp and breathe Africa.

Stay 3 pay 2 special offer at Bateleur Safari Camp

Enjoy some additional time in the Timbavati free of charge. You will get one night for free when booking a two night safari at Bateleur Safari Camp between 1 May 2024 and 31 July 2024, and between 1 May 2025 and 31 July 2025.

Guest reviews Bateleur Safari Camp

I spent 4 incredible nights at Bateleur Main Camp and classify this as the best ever wildlife experience. Accommodation facilities were first class - 'understated excellence' in an exciting and pristine wildlife environment, with minimal footprint and blending so well with the surrounding bush. Game viewing was amazing, the Big 5 and more on the very first day; guides and trackers are very professional and informative. Food was abundant, well prepared and presented, camp staff always smiling and helpful. Bataleur has substantial but subtle differences from other safari experiences; no glitz and glamour here, just a quality of offering that sets it apart. A special feeling of being the only people in this vast wildlife kingdom will definitely lure us back.

from Johannesburg, South Africa

We return every year and are not let down. From all my experiences in the bush staying here was more than anyone could ask for. A shower under the stars after a hard day then eating your meal around the fire at night talking about your daily experiences, with wild animals around keeping you guessing and learning from what you were taught during the day.

from Cook Islands