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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:31 am 
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Just to clear this up to avoid disappointment.
Not all bungalows have a bird bath.
Certainly the unit we had, No 5, and the one next door, No 4, didn't.
And I'm not sure they are cleaned everyday as the one in No 2 was distinctly murky.
If you really want a bird bath then better to phone Lazarus beforehand and ask to be allocated to a bungalow that has one.

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 Post subject: Re: Bataleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:39 pm 
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Bateleur is an AMAZING camp, especially for birders!
If possible, ask for unit 7, it has the best view.
I was there to celebrate the first day of 2009!
Will discuss the camp extensively in my trip report (this week still) and post a few pics.
The service was beyond expectation!
It has a new birdhide, with an awesome setting.
Do yourself a favour, and book at least 2 nights here :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur bird hide fire
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:30 pm 
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Phalaborwa Bird Club provides Bateleur Bird hide with new poster displays.

After a bushfire destroyed the Bird hide at Bateleur Bushcamp in August of last year, SAN-Parks and the camp Manager Lazarus Lekhuleni, have been very committed to rebuild it as soon as possible.
They managed to build a beautiful new hide, but unfortunately, in the fire, the poster displays and information boards with photographs and narratives of birds were also lost.

These original displays were made and put up in January 2001 by the Phalaborwa Bird Club, who have maintained them ever since.
The Club, which also provided the Bird Hides of Shimuwini and Sirheni with displays and information for birders and other interested people, thought it to be their duty (and pleasure) to give the Bateleur Hide new displays.
The Phalaborwa Bird Club ‘s objective in this is to try and educate people about birds, their identification and their way of life.

With donations from The Palabora Foundation and private persons, they were able to buy material to make new boards, bring them to Bateleur, install them and provide them with new posters, photographs and narratives for all interested people to read and look at.
New photographs were donated by members of the Bird Club and photographs donated originally by well known Wild Life photographers Nigel Dennis and Albert Froneman were used again.

The construction team spend the weekend in Bateleur Bush Camp, making sure everything was properly installed and stocked with all kinds of interesting information.
The staff at the camp were all very appreciative and looked after us well.
Thanks to Mr. Ben van Eeden en Mr. Lazarus Lekhuleni of SAN-Parks for supporting us.

It is hoped that the guests staying in Bateleur will appreciate this wonderful initiative and will enjoy it for years to come.

Herewith some pictures :cam: of the new hide with and without posters (and construction team :whistle: )
Image The new (still empty) hide

Image2 of the new poster displays and information boards with photographs and narratives of birds

ImageThe hide @ a different angle :lol:

ImageSome members of the Phalaborwa Bird Club construction team

On behalf of the Phalaborwa Bird Club,
Cees 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur bird hide fire
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Well done Phalaborwa Bird Club :clap: :clap: :clap:

And thanks for the update Cees :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur bird hide fire
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Congratulations Phalaborwa Bird Club - it looks fantastic.

I must say when I heard about the fire at Bateleur I was dismayed, we'd booked for the New Year and I never thought they'd have it back in time.

Lazarus worked a small miracle to get the new one built in such a short time, especially when you think how remote Bateluer is. An amzing effort all round. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Bataleur Bushveld Camp
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Does anybody know if they added a swimming pool to this camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Bataleur Bushveld Camp
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No, I don't think they are planning to build one there. When I was there two years ago, I asked and they said it causes noise and is too much work for a small bushveld camp, and I have to agree.

I hope you enjoy it there :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bataleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:42 pm 
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Stayed at Bateleur in early June.
Great camp. Quiet.
There were only three of the seven chalets occupied.
There is no shop, no cell phones.
No pool,at this stage but Lazarus says he is being asked by guests to put one in.

IMHO it would be an asset,especially in summer.
After all there are only seven chalets.

The accommodation is spacious, clean and our chalet overlooked a river bed with a few pools of water.
The chalet came fully equipped.
The only suggestion is take a torch/spotlight.
The braai is a little distance from the chalet and you need a light to ensure your meat is done to your liking.
Also the spotlight comes in handy at the hide and around the camp at night.
Lots of birdlife and we had a Genet visit us nightly.

I really like the fact that by staying at Bateleur you can get to the Shingwedzi loops and Red Rocks before the crowds from Shingwedzi.

I must agree that I prefer Sirheni to Bateleur after staying at both this trip.
Enjoy.
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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Pumbaa wrote:
Must say that we were quite impressed from the friendlyness of the staff and the accommodation itself. The verandah is huge and we had a bird bath right in front I filled same up with water and soon plenty of birds came for a bath.

There are some walking trails in the camp, a hide which can be illuminated by darkness and a lantern will be provided by the staff when it becomes dark which is just fantastic - Just like at Punda.


The bird bath and lantern sound lovely. We had a little bird bath at Biyamiti, it also served as squirrel & vervet drinking hole. :lol:

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Stierling's Wren-warbler are in the bushes on the way down to the hide, Side-striped Jackal on the night drive and Genets in the tree next to the hide itself. Magical place.


Thanks! I'm off to check out your trip report.


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Not all the bungalows have a bird bath so it might be best to request one that has, if you really want one.

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 2:21 pm 
If your are booked in a 4-sleeper, request #6…the best 6 sleeper IMHO is #7…both these units have sort of a view towards the riverbed (others not)
#6 has a birdbath that is VERY popular among the birds (in the shade) ….in December, treat the birds a bit by adding ice to the water.
A very nice sighting we had here during our last visit, was the Greater Honeyguide (and from other reports on this forum, it appears to be a regular).


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BTW We also stayed in No. 6 and same as well as the bird bath there are highly recommendable. :thumbs_up:

The staff is very friendly and I am sure when you request for that unit, Gwendolen, you will get it :thumbs_up:


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gwendolen wrote:
Will regularly add ice to the bird baths. Might add some to my own come to think of it ....

That's where Bateleur comes into it own, air-con in the bedroom.

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We're very much looking forward to see the birds in December. Foeke hopes we will get thunderstorms, he's never experienced an African thunderstorm. (we both love thunderstorms)

Hmm... we were there in 2008/9. Apparently the access road was pretty bad after 3 days of afternoon thunderstorms and they had to rescue a couple of guests. You might get stuck...
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When we were staying in Bateleur in July this year, the Camp Manager was inspecting each building with an official from HQ.
They noted how well the camp was cleaned, the condition of the furniture and fittings, checked if everything was working correctly and made sure that all utensils, kitchen equipment etc. was in place.
They made notes on the condition of the kitchen units and worktops and asked us our views of the camp, facilities and staff.
They were very thorough in what they checked, even moving the fridge to check behind.

I got the impression that they were compiling a list for carrying out maintenance work, so hopefully any repairs that may be required are already in the pipeline to be attended to?

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We recently returned from Swempie. No 7.
The unit has been upgraded and the cupboards sports new doors. We found everything in order with good housekeeping and not one single monkey or baboon in sight, what a rare enjoyment.
Beware of the spider, inside the second bathroom’s shower curtain and
the big scorpion with a bad attitude staying on the left of the chalet where you park.
Take a light at night. Please dont kill them.
Stayed 3 nights, should have been 7.
Lazarus and team - Philip and Michel, thank you for being the perfect hosts.
We will be back, asap.

Annelie.

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