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Bateleur offers three and a half thousand Hectares (8,600 acres) of prime Timbavati game territory, with traversing over a decent ten thousand Hectares. Bateleur Main Camp is an eight-bed upmarket Safari Camp; Bateleur Mobile Camp is a very rustic tented safari camp for 4-18 people which is pitched in a different location for each group. The emphasis at both is very much back-to-nature with lots of physical activity and fresh air.

Elephants on foot at a Bateleur waterhole

This 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. There is a focus on education and interpretation of the bush, with the Guides providing a wealth of information to enrich your adventure. You will learn a wide variety of bushcraft skills which may prove useful in the least expected of circumstances in the future!

How to light a fire in the bush
Making pottery at Bateleur

These two Camps are an excellent budget option, and a fabulous introduction to the bush, or a deeper immersion for those who have stayed in less rustic Lodges.

Bateleur Main Camp is ideal for couples, singles and small groups of 2-8 people who are looking for a high quality Timbavati game lodge experience at a reasonable price. Clients staying at Bateleur Main Camp will enjoy daily morning and afternoon-evening guided game drives in an open safari vehicle with qualified guide & tracker – spotlights are used after dark. Optional bush walks are also offered in accordance with the preferences of the group, as well as bushcraft, a spider and scorpion exercise, and basic astronomy if the sky is clear.

Game Drive from Bateleur Main Camp

Accommodating from two to eight people, Bateleur Main Camp offers four comfortable safari tents with a unique design. Each tent has an a thatched A-frame roof with supporting gum-pole structure and covered patio, canvas sides with large windows offering fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps, double wooden front doors with fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps for the top half, and a large en-suite bathroom.

Interior of Tent #1 at Bateleur Main Camp

Each unit sleeps two persons in upmarket comfort with spacious and comfortable beds, quality linen, bedside tables with solar powered bedside lamps, wardrobes and adequate storage facilities, and a solar powered fan for the hot weather. Plug points are provided for charging camera batteries but hair dryers cannot be used due to the excessive load that they place on the system. Each spacious en-suite bathroom has flush-toilet, basin and a hot-water shower – one unit has an interior bath tub and a private outdoor shower. Quality towels are provided.

Interior of Tent #1 at Bateleur Main Camp

Outdoor showers are provided with all the privacy that you will need – water is heated via a boiler fuelled by a wood fire. A chemical-free swimming pool is located at the central area for guests to cool off between guided activities on a hot day. The central boma consists of a well-finished partially walled area open to the stars with chairs set up around a central fireplace, located next to a braai/barbeque area where food is prepared by the chef on the open fire.

Boma at Bateleur Main Camp

This is an ideal place to enjoy meals when the weather allows and to relax around the fire and share stories of the day’s activities under a big African sky. There is an indoor dining area seating 8 people for unpleasant weather, spilling out onto an open lounge area for relaxing during fair weather. Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Regular visitors to the camp during the day include Nyalas, warthogs and bushbuck, whilst elephants, buffalo and rhino can sometimes be seen walking through the river bed in front of the camp.

Bateleur Mobile Camp is suited to groups of 4-18 people looking for a rustic private Safari and an up-close encounter with the African bush and its wildlife. Each group has exclusive use of the open safari vehicle(s) and guide and tracker team(s).

Guided game drives and bush walks take place in accordance with the preferences of each group, as well as bushcraft, spider & scorpion module, and basic astronomy if the sky is clear. This is a truly flexible safari option and each group can choose to drive or walk as much as they want to. You will not find a more up-close and personal encounter of the real African bush and wildlife!

On foot at Bateleur

Adventure Bow Tents are pitched on the ground in a different location for each group. Each is 2.1m square (6'8") and sleeps two comfortably on thick camping mattresses. Bedding and towels are provided. Communal ablutions are provided in the form of two 3-sided “bucket showers” with heated water and two 3-sided bush toilets, each comprised of a proper toilet seat and enclosure over a pit in ground – in each case the open side faces out into the bush to ensure privacy as well as enjoyment of your wonderful surroundings. The water provision includes a 1500 litre steel water trailer and a heating container for the bucket showers.

Bateleur Mobile campsite

The Boma area is comprised of folding camping chairs set up around a fire and a canvas roof and covered dining area are provided in the event of rain.

Bateleur Mobile dining tent

Wholesome, basic meals are prepared over the open fire by bush camp staff, enjoyed on folding camp chairs either under the stars around the fire or under the canvas dining area in the event of rain. Teas & coffees are provided. Clients can bring their own alcohol/soft drinks/juices or can purchase these items from the selection offered in camp. Alcohol intake to be limited as the camp is in an unfenced, dangerous game area. The mobile camp does not offer charging facilities for cameras etc. and clients must bring sufficient batteries.


  • Minimum stay 3 nights throughout the year
  • For ecological reasons only one campsite accommodating 4-18 people is permitted at a time
  • Two groups are welcome to share the same campsite provided the total does not exceed 18 people
  • A minimum of 2 clients must have booked 60 days in advance of the start of each set-departure Safari in order to guarantee that Safari’s departure
  • Maximum 8 clients can book per safari and bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis, subject to the receipt of completed & signed bookings forms and the 20% non-refundable deposit.
  • Please note that bookings do need to be made in advance and are always subject to availability at the time.


Highly recommended

  • Superb value, espacially for the Timbavati
  • Excellent range of potential pitch locations in prime Big Five territory
  • Highly educational, for adults as well as kids (for whom it is like a dream come true)

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