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Bateleur Safari Camp

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Excellent location for exploring Timbavati Game Reserve
- Authentic, genuine safari experiences
- Game drives and walks led by knowledgeable guides
- Animals to be spotted on-site

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Overview

Bateleur Safari Camp is an eco-friendly campsite that aims to offer everyone who stays here an authentic, memorable safari experience. It’s nestled in the northern part of the Timbavati Game Reserve, an expansive private reserve set up back in 1956 that’s known for its white lions. Significant care was taken to ensure that the camp blends in harmoniously with its unspoiled, picturesque surroundings. It has a rustic feel to it, thanks to extensive use of neutral earth tones and natural wood furnishings both in public areas and in guest accommodation.

The camp is on the smaller side as it can accommodate a maximum of sixteen people at any one time. Those who stay here sleep in ‘safari units’, each of which can house two or four people. Each unit is individually designed, however what they all have in common is that they offer generous amounts of space and use a range of natural materials, such as thatch roofs and wooden flooring. Given the camp’s open bush location, there’s plenty of mosquito protection provided in all units. Other amenities available include a solar-powered fan, high-quality linen and towels, a covered patio and an en-suite bathroom complete with wash basin, shower and flush-toilet. One of the many perks of staying here is being able to spot wildlife wandering about within the camp perimeter. Animals such as bushbuck and warthogs are often seen, while down by the riverbed it’s not uncommon for buffalo, rhino and elephants to make an appearance.

It goes without saying that the highlight of staying here is getting to go out on guided tours. Game drives are routinely offered at several times of the day, while guided bush walks are also popular and are a great way to see wildlife up close. The camp’s own property covers 10,000 hectares and borders Kruger National Park, though there’s no physical barrier of any kind between the two. This enables animals to roam freely between the two protected areas. All of the guides are wildlife experts who use their knowledge and intuition to track down animals while out leading game drives or bush walks. These tours don’t necessarily follow a set itinerary; they’re completely flexible, with much care taken to ensure all guests are able to enjoy a fulfilling safari experience.

When not out exploring the reserve, guests have plenty of on-site facilities to make use of. There’s a swimming pool that’s free from chemicals, as well as a large wooden deck that’s used as the dining area and a lounge area. Here, guests can enjoy meals or relax with drinks and good company, all while taking in the views of the pristine wilderness and free-roaming wildlife. The camp also has a traditional boma area for evening fireside gatherings and public barbecue facilities.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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