Bateleur Bushveld Camp
The seven self-catering units are all positioned along a winding path that runs beside the fence. Three of the units sleep six people each and have three bedrooms, while the other four units each sleep four people and have two bedrooms each. All units have two bathrooms and full kitchen facilities. You’ll also be spoiled with rare luxuries like a microwave and mugs – after weeks of using the tiny Kruger cups, a proper mug full of coffee was a pleasant change. All the units are close to the fence and on the other side of the fence is a river. Bear in mind that the river runs almost entirely dry in the winter. While unit one is closest to the bird hide, unit seven will be the one with the least traffic. Not that there’s ever a lot of traffic at Bateleur.
This is reptile country, so if you’re keen to tick the more scabby animals off your list, then Bateleur is a great place to do so. You can also look out for falcons, bateleur, martial eagle, booted eagle and leather stripes eagle. The booted eagle is a particularly special find. The area is also good for water birds, like white pelican, pygmy goose, African jacana and stork. On evening game drives you might be treated to a giant eagle owl, spotted eagle owl or marsh owl sighting.
Due to the koppies and Mopani trees in the area, you might get lucky and spot a leopard on your drives. Lions also live in the area, but neither it not leopards are spotted on a daily basis. If you’re keen to spot wild dog, rhino and cheetah, then you should give Bateleur a skip, but if you enjoy watching buffalo and elephant, then this is the perfect base for you. You’ll have to come prepared when you visit Bateleur, as the only things you can buy at reception are wood and ice. They do sell firelighters and charcoal too, but these run out of stock sometimes, so rather don’t depend on it. Thanks to the large kitchens and outside braais, your meals should be easy to prepare.
Like most of the bushveld camps, visitors to Bateleur are treated to their very own bird hide inside the camp from which to do a bit of bird watching and game spotting.
The Tsange Lookout point is about 5km from Bateleur. You can get out of your car here and enjoy looking out over quite a vast expanse of bush.
The Rooibosrand and Silvervis Dams are both only accessible to overnight guests at Bateleur. Both are found along the winding roads that run from the camp, and although Rooibosrand is a much bigger dam, both are scenic places to stop and watch the hippos.