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Bateleur Safari Camp

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- Excellent location in Timbavati Game Reserve
- Authentic, genuine safari experiences
- Game walks available
- Good Value

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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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  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

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