Timbavati Game reserve
Bateleur Main Camp

Bateleur Main Camp is a 3500 hectare property is located in the heart of the world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is an exceptional safari location. All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and the Bateleur property itself shares unfenced borders with Kruger.

On this exclusive property Bateleur Main Camp proudly offer a 16-bed up-market Safari Camp, Ideal for couples, singles and small groups who are looking for a high quality Timbavati safari camp experience.  This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

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Bateleur Main Camp is a 3500 hectare property is located in the heart of the world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is an exceptional safari location. All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and the Bateleur property itself shares unfenced borders with Kruger.

On this exclusive property Bateleur Main Camp proudly offer a 16-bed up-market Safari Camp, Ideal for couples, singles and small groups who are looking for a high quality Timbavati safari camp experience.  This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Bateleur’s traversing area extends over 10 000 hectares of the Timbavati Reserve.

The included activities of bushcraft, spider & scorpion module, and basic astronomy all add exceptional value that will exceed expectations.

For additional cost, incredible optional extras are also offered on the property, such as interactive reptile demo and tribal dancing

Facilities

16-bed up-market Safari Camp. Clients staying at Bateleur Main Camp will enjoy daily morning and afternoon-evening guided game drives in an open safari vehicle with qualified guide & tracker – spotlights are used after dark. Optional bush walks are also offered in accordance with the preferences of the group, as well as bushcraft, a spider & scorpion module, and basic astronomy if the sky is clear.

Each unit sleeping 2-4 persons in upmarket comfort with spacious & comfortable beds, Plug points are provided for charging camera batteries but hair dryers cannot be used due to the excessive load that they place on the system. Each spacious en-suite bathroom has flush-toilet, basin and a hot-water shower – some units have an interior bath tub and a private outdoor shower. Quality towels are provided. For guests who would like to try a shower under the stars, outdoor showers are provided with all the privacy that you will need – water is heated via a boiler fuelled by a wood fire. A chemical-free swimming pool is located at the central area for guests to cool off between guided activities on a hot day.

The feature of the central area is the covered wooden deck that overlooks the riverbed and its seasonal waterhole. The comfortable lounge area is an ideal place for relaxing with a good book and a cool drink between guided activities. Books are available from the library and drinks can be purchased from the bar. At meal times the covered dining area is the perfect location for enjoying sumptuous dining whilst absorbing the sights and sounds of the bush.

Location:

Bateleur Main Camp is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Game reserve is part of the Greater Kruger, close to Hoedspruit, approximately 5-6 hour’s drive from Johannesburg International Airport.

The simplest and most affordable way to get between Johannesburg and the lodge is to make use of the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle, which operates daily in both directions between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit. Please note that the shuttle rates are included in our packages. Before/after the 5-6 hour road transfer you will be transferred between the Bush Pub Inn (Close to the Main Gate) and Bateleur Main Camp. Getting to and from the Lodge could not be simpler!

Requirements:

  • The Greater Kruger is a malaria area – please take your own precautions
  • Walking shoes, neutral colored clothing, rain jacket and warm jersey/jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
  • Torch, camera & binoculars
  • Toiletries and any personal items
  • Cash for entrance fees and drinks (no ATM’s in the bush)
  • Booking prerequisite: guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover any emergency, casualty evacuation, and/or hospitalization for the full period of their safari

3 Night Special

Bateleur Main Camp Rates Stay 3 /pay 2 Nights
Valid: 1 May -31 December 2018
Per Person Sharing R12 124
Single Rate R13 924
Children U/12 sharing R6 932
Valid: 1 Jan -31 December 2019
Per Person Sharing R13 544
Single Rate R15 544
Children U/12 sharing R7 998

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation in quality 2 to 4-person safari units with en suite bathrooms
  • Daily morning and afternoon-evening guided game activities led by qualified rangers & trackers
  • Informative instruction relating to bushcraft and survival skills
  • 3 meals per day; teas & coffees; soft drinks; juices; bottled water
  • Timbavati Reserve Conservation Levies: (subject to change without notice)
  • 1 January – 31 December 2018: Adults R328 per person per night; Children aged 6-11 R164 per child per night
  • 1 January – 31 December 2019: Adults R368 per person per night; Children aged 6-11 R184 per child per night
  • Return Ashtons road shuttle between Johannesburg and Timbavati Gate
  • Return transfer between Timbavati Gate and Lodge

Rates exclude:

  • Alcohol – local beers and wines can be purchased in camp
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Please note:

  • Minimum stay 2 nights throughout the year
  • Rates and conservation/vehicle levies are subject to change without prior notice
  • Minimum age 12 for all guided bush walk participants; no maximum age but an average fitness level is required since each walk can last 3-4 hours
  • Children aged 6-11 sharing with an adult pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. NOTE: this is on request only and subject to confirmation at the time of booking
  • Clients will be required to sign an indemnity on arrival
  • Please bring cash for gate fees and drinks (no ATM’s in the bush)
  • Booking prerequisite: guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover any emergency, casualty evacuation and/or hospitalization for their full safari duration

Booking & Payment:

  • Booking form plus 20% non-refundable deposit required to confirm the booking
  • Full payment of the 80% balance is required at least 30 days before arrival

Cancellations:

28+ days prior to arrival – 20% of the total amount
27-21 days prior to arrival – 40% of the total amount
20-14 days prior to arrival – 60% of the total amount
13-0 days prior to arrival – 100% of the total amount
Please ensure that you have adequate cancellation insurance to cover the above

Day 1

Meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle at OR Tambo Airport bus Terminal 06h45 and start your journey to the Kruger. On arrival in the Greater Kruger the shuttle will drop you off at the Timbavati main gate where Bateleur Main Camp will be waiting to take you into the reserve to your Lodge and get you settled in.

Lunch will be served on arrival, followed by an afternoon guided game drive and dinner. For those who arrive late, sun downer drinks will be served at the central area followed by dinner when the other clients return from their game drive. Sleep safe and secure in upmarket comfort in your large, spacious safari unit.

Days 2 – 3 (or more)

In the mornings we set off at first light after a snack of biscuits and coffee or tea. Enjoying the brisk air from the open safari vehicles we go in search of the plains game, herds of buffalo and elephant, the endangered rhinos, the spectacular big cats, and the occasional packs of wild dogs that frequent the area. The ranger will impart his extensive knowledge of the wildlife and birds and we may even be lucky enough to come across a kill that took place during the hours of darkness. Or, if the whole group agrees, you may choose to walk (weather permitting) directly from camp or else use a vehicle to get further out. The ranger will decipher the tracks and signs left by the passing animals during the night. The thrill of walking, tracking and getting up close to some of the creatures of the bush is an unforgettable experience. On the walks there is a lot of emphasis on all the interesting things seen including animals, trees, plants, insects and birds. Breakfast is enjoyed back at the game lodge and then there is time to unwind and siesta during the heat of the day, making use of the swimming pool and central relaxation area or your comfortable safari unit. On one of the days you will be treated to very informative instruction relating to bushcraft and a spider & scorpion module. You may also have booked an interactive reptile demonstration or rhino micro-chipping at an extra cost, although the latter activity would take up several daylight hours. After a light lunch it is time to head out amongst the wildlife again. In the afternoons we set off after the main heat of the day when the animals become more active, following a similar procedure to the morning drive for the remaining hours of daylight. Close to sunset we stop at a scenic location where we’ll have sun downers while enjoying a stunning African sunset. We then climb aboard the open safari vehicle and go in search of the nocturnal creatures – as the diurnal animals and birds anxiously get ready for bed, the stage and sounds change and a whole new world awakens. Back at the main camp a hearty supper and a warm campfire will be waiting for you where stories are exchanged and guided activities are discussed for the following day. During one of the evenings you will be treated to some basic astronomy if the sky is clear. You may also have booked tribal dancing/drumming at an extra cost. After a long day in the bush there is nothing more rewarding than to lie in your comfortable bed and listen to the sounds of the night under a blanket of the overwhelming African stars!

Final Day

Set off at first light for your final guided game drive – appreciating the typical scents and sounds of the bush you’ll realise how much you’ve learned already! After breakfast back at the main camp it’s time to pack up and say our reluctant goodbyes. You are then transferred back to meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle bound for Johannesburg. Whatever you have seen and done you will have had an up-close and personal experience of the real African bush and wildlife! And a whole new world of experiences awaits for your next visit.

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