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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
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:59 pm 
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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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