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Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Reviewed 27 July 2014

At the end of a long, poorly maintained gravel road. The whole place is not looked after properly; there were problems with the electrics and the plumbing. It was supposed to be upscale with television, but it did not work. The reception staff did not have a grasp of what tourists might be interested in and were not particularly welcoming. The kitchen was well-stocked with pots and pans, and the linens were clean, though. The foundation is there for a good place to stay, but it’s horribly managed. It does not represent a good value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank 4whatitsworth2day
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in March 2014 and found the camp to be friendly and peaceful. The accommodation is immaculately cleaned every day (quite necessary for the outside areas due to all of the bugs each evening which then attract bats) and is better equipped than some other self-catering camps.The hide is lovely and although we didn't see all that many birds from there one day a herd of elephant came down for around 90 minutes which was incredible. The access roads could do with a bit of regrading and the game viewing in the area isn't that great in March due to how lush everything is. Having said that we saw a lot of elephants, which were more tetchy than further south in Kruger so you definitely need to have your wits about you when driving. Also, the camp is over 20km from a tar road so if you're coming back and forward for drives each day you spend a lot of time in the car.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Barbelle25
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is a smaller camp in Kruger, but the cabin I had was very nice and compared favorably with any of the other rest camps. I saw more birds in the surrounding area here than I did elsewhere, but the game wasn't as plentiful. Saw a lot of mosquitos in this area, so make sure you have repellent with you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank LoverOfSeattle
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

The chalets in this camp are very spacious and designed for 4+ guests, so there is much wasted space for just 2 people, and as one pays for the whole chalet it can be a pricey option. This camp is famous for its birdlife but during the winter months many of them have flown to warmer climates. Surrounding chalets with 4 guests in each can be noisy. The chalets themselves were in an excellent state of repair, well-cleaned and luxurious. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and grounds kept immaculate. We found the advertised dams (waterholes) such as Rooibosrand Dam disappointing as there was not a great deal of dam to view! Game drives towards Shingwedzi were impressive. However, drives in the immediate vicinity of the camp were not very productive, as there was very heavy undergrowth alongside the roads. The trees towards Shingwedzi were magnificent.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank GREEN15
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

I have been to many of these camps in the KNP but only recently decided to stay further north and booked a chalet at Bateleur Camp well in advance .
These camps are more expensive than the larger camps but one is rewarded with a fantastic personal experience.
Bateleur has only 7 or 8 chalets and the peace and solitude is awesome , we were lucky to be right next to the Game Hide (the camp has a floodlight waterhole) and were able to approach the hide very quickly if game arrived to satisfy their thirst
Our chalet had 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms , was cleaned daily by very friendly and efficient staff .
The night drive was mind blowing and even the charge by a very large and angry White Rhino led it to a more unforgetable experience .Thanks Anton(Game Ranger)
The birdlife was prolific and numerous photographs were taken from our very own veranda
If you stay at Bateleur you must drive to Shingdwedzi and further on along the river
There are the most majestic and enourmous wild fig tree's that I have ever have the honur of seeing .
5 out of 5 for this visit

3  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

This is the smallest of the public "rest camps" in Kruger and has a well-deserved reputation for good staff and "peacefulness." We certainly enjoyed it, but I think our expectations may have been a bit high. We saw a crazy amount of wildlife in Kruger (dozens of zebra, elephants, buffalo etc. each day), but -- for us -- the sightings were a little sparse around Bateleur. And while we liked the ambiance of Bateleur, we weren't crazy about our cabin. It had no central "living room" inside (unlike Punda Maria); just bedrooms. So the only place to "hang out" was outside. The outside kitchen/dining area was pleasant enough, but we found doing ALL our cooking/eating outside to be somewhat inconvenient. We kind of missed a "normal" kitchen/living room, especially for the fair-but-not-cheap price we paid.

In general, though, I would say this camp is good for families, or couples travelling together. Otherwise, the expense of buying the multi-bed cabins is probably not worth it. I would also question whether "typical" tourists would want to stay here more than a night or two. We found moving around Kruger to be the most pleasant strategy for game viewing, especially since the low speeds prevent you from covering too much distance in a day.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
3  Thank Dave's_reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Well - they called it a bush camp and a bush camp it is. If you like your accommodation bug free then this maybe is not for you - but I loved it. It was small, incredibly comfortable and gave you a feeling of really being 'out there'. The bungalows are very well equipped and the outdoor kitchen and dining area is where you will spend most of your time watching the bird and bug life adorning your doorstep.
The hide is also great - with a floodlight for evening viewing.
Whilst here we went on a night drive and it was one of the best we've been on. We saw so much towards the RedRocks area - civits, gennets, iguanas, owls (large and small) and a honeybadger!
The nearby dams are restricted to camp guests only and therefore you can pretty much have the place to yourself and enjoy undisturbed game viewing.
Upon first glance it might seem much more expensive, but the bungalows sleep 4 easily - so pp, it works out to be the same rate as many of the other SANPARKs camps.
I was almost reluctant to write this review as I would like to keep this place secret to ensure available next time we visit - but my conscience took the better of me!
I have written a blog especially about this place and our experiences within it - including the animal and bug life that came to visit. http://www.tarajiblue.com/2012/03/a-review-of-bateleur-bush-camp-kruger-national-park/
I would wholeheartedly recommend this bush camp and would not hesitate to go back any chance I get!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ECCLE
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Address: 140 km from Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #151 of 178 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 7

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