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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:13 pm 
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I have to get my pictures back. I don't carry currently with me. Here are a very few. I owe you the others. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:07 pm 
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Bateleur Camp is situated in Woodlands Section and is the only Kruger camp there. Large forests of Mopani, Leadwood and Apple leaf trees with good quality grasses.

To my mind the best section in Kruger and Bateleur is great with only having 7 huts and is far enough away from Shingwedzi crowds to spoil one's photography early in the morning when I took this young Waterbuck

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:11 pm 
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We spent 4 nights at Bateleur and loved it as always.
The kitchens have been upgraded and Lazarus is very very proud of the new verandah furniture which arrived while we were staying there (unfortunately, the consensus from our group was that it was far less comfortable and took up too much space so we much preferred the old furniture!).
Steven was amazing in organising the TV to be put on in the large screen conference centre for the one cricket mad member of our party - thus enabling her to see Kallis's 200 (finally!).

One drawback - which I suspect is a consequence of the rangers and that the the camp itself can do very little about - is that the majority of the road that you used to be able to use to sit by Rooiborant has been closed off, leaving only a tiny circle, mostly surrounded by quite high bushes.
This isn't adequate for more than 2 cars and gives you a very very limited view of the dam, sunsets etc.
As a result we only drove there once instead of spending much of our time there as we have done in the past - it just wasn't worth it and, may impact on our decisions about whether we will again go to Bateleur or not.


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:54 am 
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Bateleur Bush Camp by gwendolen, on Flickr

Here's a photo of the bird bath at no 6. I don't have any good photos of the bungalow, sorry.

As you can see we didn't have a view to the dam due to the growth of the shrubs and trees. But there wasn't any water in the dam, it was bone dry and had been for many many months.

Poor Lazarus was desperate for some rain. I really hope they got some water after we left. Apparently Bateleur is located in an arid pocket and gets very little rainfall.


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:52 pm 
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We would probably book a GC6, of which I gather there are only three, Units 1, 4 and 7.

From reading the thread, 7 seems to be the most popular because it has a view into the veld.

What are number's 4 and 1 like?
Do they have any special features that make them more desirable? For example, especially isolated and cant see neighbours?
Or beautiful shady trees?
How close is number 1 to the hide?
Is it visible from the hide and vice versa?
Also, I see MVM mentioned that they could clearly see unit 6 at night from number 7....how close are the units to each other?

Would also love to hear about your experiences at this camp if they haven't been recorded here... looking forward to your responses...feel like a little kid making these plans....only Kruger can do that.

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Hi Bushmad,
December last year, we couldn’t see the fence from no 7 due to the tall grass and trees.
We preferred it because of the privacy it offers from the people walking along the fence.
And the river was dry.
We never saw another human and all the units were occupied
There’s a bench at the end of the path that’s perfect, at night, to sit and listen.
Yes you can see number six’s side and you’ll be able to see the visitors’ park and getting out of their vehicle if you’re outside but that’s about it.
You cannot see onto the veranda of number 6 from number 7.
We found the units at Bateleur much more private than those at Sirheni.
Hope that helped a bit and that your other questions are answered.
(No2 looked great?
Plan to request unit 2 next time if it’s only SO and me.)

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:22 pm 
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I was in no. 6... and can't remember we can see at the no. 7
the most important at Bateleur is the front... the front with the bath birds and the birds :thumbs_up: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Batelueur is a very special Bushveld Camp for us. Due to its size it is very quiet and peaceful. No one has commented for a long time on this Camp. Has anyone stayed there recently - how is the current sightings in that area around the camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Hi, anybody been at Bateleur camp lately as per Grantmissy post ? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Well, lately means a year ago? yes I was there!


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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And anything to report Elepantears ? We are all ears !

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:38 am 
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Hi Bushguy,
The reason I didn't say much was that there is not much to say about the place, from my experience, but if you must know here's what I wrote in my trip report about it!

"The Bateleur was the most boring and most expensive place on our trip.
It wasn't really the cost of it that bothered us; it is just a soulless place.
The bungalows are gloomy and are furnished with a bath and satellite TV.
We didn't quite understand why TVs are necessary in the wilderness but I guess some people like to watch Braai Master after a game drive on their holidays!
Between the bungalow and the perimeter fence the land was covered with scrubby thorny bushes and consequently does not have much of a view and when the leaves are out it will totally be covered in thick bush.
Also the footpath along the fence towards the hide was a bit unkempt with over hanging branches trying poke your eyes out, in fact at one tree someone has tied a white string to alert an unsuspecting person to avoid the offending branch.
We found the surrounding area along south of the river (R52?) also pretty boring and dreary.
The 20 km or so drive on the badly rutted road didn't help either.
The things we enjoyed in that area were the Red Rocks and the drive out of the camp along the road towards Shingwedzi on the north side of the river.
That road has some wonderful large trees along the river and nice scenery on the other side.
We really wished that we had chosen to stay in Letaba instead of Bateleur and luckily it was only a one night stay. Definitely it will be Letaba next time!"

A few weeks ago we returned from a wonderful two nights stay in Letaba.


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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Thanks E-ears! It's good to get opinions from all sides when trying to decide on something.(especially expensive something!)

I know what you mean by "gloomy" , and for that reason I may avoid Bateleur. My wife got very depressed staying at Shireni , where the close vegetation and dark furnishings made the houses gloomy. I on the other hand love having close vegetation for the birds! But a view is also good!

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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We stayed there for 1 night in September. A late change from 2 nights in Olifants, we decide to break up our trip and stay in Bateleur.

We loved the camp. In our opinion has the best camp hide in the park. Spent hours sitting on the veranda. Had great sightings at the hide, with 2 waterholes.

Game and sightings on the road in or out was sparse. Only general game, and even that was few and far between.

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 Post subject: Re: Bateleur Bushveld Camp
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Leaping Lizards wrote:
Spent hours sitting on the veranda
:) 8)

Bateleur is a very special Bushveld Camp to us – the atmosphere and the feeling of being away from it all. We also enjoy relaxing on the stoep of one of those cottages. The first cottage at hide is called Bokmakierie if I remember well. We were once entertained by an elephant taking a mud bath from the stoep of that cottage.

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