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Bateleur bird hide

Unread postby Muhammad » Tue Oct 25, 2005 4:46 pm

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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:08 am

The units with the best views at Bateleur is #6 & # 7 – we have once stayed in # 6 and it was great. Unit #1 is the closest to the hide.

One of the other units at Bateleur – unfortunately cannot remember the number.

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The bush view from “Wielewaal” – think it is # 3

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The hide:

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Eish, truly a pity that they installed the TV’s :cry:

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Unread postby bert » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:29 am

Unit 4
Remember the tree
Not close to the perimeter


After looking back in the postings on Bateleur i still need to comment on the two dams :?

My fav is Silwervis. Small , very remote and no reeds anymore
Saw fisheagle, great white egret, hamerkop etc.
But, the road to the dam is through thick forest and you could pass a ellie without noticing it.
A very small parking place for 2 cars

Rooibosrant is bigger, with hippo etc. Two parking places

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Unread postby Bothali » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:36 am

Rooibosrant is huge at the moment.
There must have been an enormous amount of rain in the area this summer.
The road to the two parking areas was covered with water.
We used to see Sable, pygmy mongoose and lots of birds there, but right now there isn't enough space to sit and watch the dam.
It is also too big to really see anything across it.
Up close we saw a small family of Egyptian geese and a crocodile.
We were surprised that we saw nothing else.
We decided not to visit Silwervis as it would probably be similarly overflowing its normal boundaries.

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Rooibosrantdam

Unread postby bert » Sun May 21, 2006 7:30 pm

The rooibosrantdam
Left side during the dry season
These are all dead trees

Dam is only accesable to visitors of Bateleur
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Rooibosrant Dam exclusive to Bateleur

Unread postby Wildman » Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:42 pm

We visited Bateleur in April this year.
As many of you may know there are two interesting private roads (reserved for guests only) and the one road leads to a surprisingly large dam, Rooibosrant Dam.
I was amazed at the tranquility of the dam and its location is almost eerie; very secretive and remote.
We didn’t see much at the dam in terms of animal sightings but I must say that the water bird life is prolific!
I have read about some very interesting sightings at Rooibosrant Dam, one, a remarkable sighting by the infamous nature photographer, Nigel Dennis involving a lioness hunting a warthog, by the dam’s edge, at very close range.
At Bateleur, I examined the sightings book and noted some very interesting sightings that had been seen at the dam, including roan, sable, lion prides and wild dog.
Does anyone have an interesting sightings to report from Rooibosrant Dam, one of the KNP’s best kept secrets…?

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Unread postby Aquilla » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:20 am

I stayed at Bateleur last year and visited the dam on many occasions.
On the way to the Dam one morning i had my very first sighting of not one, but two Honey Badgers crossing the road in front of my car....at the dam was Sharp's Grysbok sitting in the open under a bush on its own.
The bush was no more than 60cm high...it was not concerned by our presence at all....
herds of game came to drink and lovely pride of lion lay on white sand for about an hour before making off...
I would estimate the dam to have been less than 5% full.
This was in September 2005.

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Unread postby Muhammad » Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:52 am

heres a pic of fleeing Sable taken as you reach the dam

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Unread postby bert » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:38 am

Enjoyed the dam very much.
Was half ful when we were there.
Had a group of about 10 hippo taking a tan, 2 fish eagles calling in the dead treas.
But saw no cats or other special sightings.
Visited the dam twice
The eerie trees.

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Unread postby bucky » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:29 am

I think bateleur is quite unique , being the same size as the old nwanetsi or jock of the bushveld camps .
These used to be private camps that you booked out in block form .

All the other bushveld camps are far bigger with about 20-30 units , so bateleur is fairly unique with its 6 or so units.

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Kamp Runner - Bateleur Bushcamp

Unread postby KampRunner » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:34 pm

KAMP RUNNER – BATELEUR BUSHCAMP
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Distance is just short of a kilometre.

It is a small camp with only 7 units, a conference centre, reception and of course staff units. The camp itself is a square area – so no chance of getting lost!
The camp has a nature trail that runs along the perimeter fence.
It is a flat dirt track - just follow the paw print.
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The hide is a good starting point (or not as you can easily forget about your run if the resident giant kingfisher is fishing at the waterhole!).
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Run either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

The trail takes you along the perimeter fence and through a small wooded area of trees – take time out to learn your trees (it’s not a race after all) – some of them are labelled.
Look up in search of the cardinal woodpecker. You can clearly hear him tapping away.
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Follow the trail past reception and take time out to admire the collection of skulls artfully displayed in the trees in front of reception.
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I hope they all died of natural causes - elephant, rhino, kudu, monkey and buffalo are all there.
Pass the gate and continue round toward the hide (running anti-clockwise).
One loop completed.

I always run with my small Olympus digital just in case I see something.
My 2nd run at Bateleur was no exception – as I reached the perimeter fence I ‘ran into’ a breeding herd of ellies. The youngsters close to the fence took fright and moved away…so did I!!
The moms were not too happy with my presence either so I moved away well behind the bushes not to upset them further.
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From paw prints to birds - the big & the small, Bateleur bushcamp will not disappoint.
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I dreamt of the red dunes again last night.....

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Unread postby derbyjon » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:45 pm

We found Bateleur to be arguably the best run camp we stayed at.
Very small but very well organised and the most motivated staff we experienced in the whole trip.
The camp manager, Lazarus came around twice during our one night stay for a chat.
All of the staff seemed very happy and hard working.
Just a shame the place was so dry when we were there.

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Unread postby Kingfisha » Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:26 pm

Certainly one of my favourite camps!
We took a group of overseas visitors there last year on a request from a friend.
They loved it and we found the camp, as usual, peaceful and well maintained.
Fortunately my hubby, who is also an electrician was there the first night because they had a problem with the power supply and no-one could do anything (would have had to wait until the next day).
Within 15 minutes the whole camp had power again! :clap:

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Bataleur

Unread postby Canine » Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:17 am

Hi everyone.
Bataleur has to rate as the most remote camp in Kruger.
If you seek solitude and don't mind a few Red Romans which run around at night, then this is the camp to visit.
The hide is super, saw leopard one night and watched ellies bathing the whole day.
Both dams are great with Rooibosrandt having more game.
Don't expect to see large herds in this area, but the game viewing is still rewarding. Chalets are top notch, clean and airconditioned for thos very hot days. We experienced 43º in the shade last October. :roll:
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Bateleur Bush Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:43 am

Hi all Bateleur fans.
Always wanted to visit this camp and will eventually get my wish at the beginning of November.
We are taking my Mom, aged 87, to Kruger for four nights.
Last year we stayed in Talamati.
Enjoyed it tremendously, but it was really hot (last week of October).
As Bateleur has air conditioning and sounds like a really lovely and peaceful camp, that is where we will go this time.
Can anyone tell me if all the bedrooms are air conditioned - we booked a six sleeper cottage.
Any recommendations on the best situated one?
Is the nature trail negotiable by a wheelchair, I know that the hide has a ramp.
Hope there is some rain before we go - has the waterhole in front of the hide ever dried up?


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