Bateleur Camp in the Kruger National Park

Bateleur Camp in the Kruger Park is one of five small, intimate Bushveld camps in the park. The "Bushveld" camps are all very small, exclusive, have exclusive areas where their guests may do self drive game viewing without the many cars sometimes associated with other roads in the park.

They offer small shops where you can buy firewood, ice and Telkom cards, but no food, which you can get at the shops at Shingwedzi or Mopanie Restcamps.

This camp is perfect for a visit to Kruger Park that does not involve a lot of driving, since the camp atmosphere is so good that one will be very happy just staying and relaxing. There is also a hide inside the camp from where you can sit and watch game at a nearby waterhole as well as the stream right next to the hide.

The drives nearby are also very good since it entails two dams which are out of bounds for non-Bateleur visitors. The Silverfish Dam is a smallish dam in the Shingwedzi river at a place that is rather overgrown, but lonely and very private. One can surely spend a long time here watching game and birds.

Conferences for up to 30 people can be held here, with all the paraphernalia like overhead projectors etc. available.

There are seven cottages in all, with three 6-bed ones and four 4-bed ones. Rooms have either aircon or roof fans for the warmer days. Kitchens are fully equipped and have stoves and fridge/freezers.

For guided game drives and walks, enquire at the Bateleur reception office when you book into the Camp.

We recommend the following short trip to the immediate surroundings of Bateleur Camp.

Distance 29km.

Drive Time without stop = 50 minutes

View Map

From Bateleur, follow the road through the gate and through all the twists and turns past the split to the left and carry on for a while until you reach the right turn towards the Rooibosrand (Red Bush Ridge) Dam. This is one of the most beautiful dams in the Kruger Park and one may see a lot of animals and birds here. Large herds of elephant and buffalo frequent the dam. Spend some time here with your binoculars also focused on the opposite side of the dam.

From here, drive back to the split, turn right and a little distance further, to the left towards the Silvervis (Silver fish) Dam. This dam is a smallish one in the Shingwedzi river in a part where there are many trees and one drive through areas where the growth is rather thick. This spot is a very remote spot where one may sit and watch the animals and birds coming and going for a long time - lost in nature.

From here, go back to the place where you turned left and turn left again towards the Tshanga Lookout and Picnic spot. This lookout is also very remote with few tourists visiting here. One may stretch a leg here, climb the little hill and take in the wide view over the Mopani veldt. Look towards the east and try to see the Lebombo range of mountains which forms the border between the Kruger National Park and the Parque Nacional do Limpopo in Mozambique, which now forms a Transfrontier Park with the Kruger, adding thousands of hectares to the grazing areas of the Kruger Park.

From here, depending on the time of day, you may go back to Bateleur or you can follow one of many roads around this area. To get an idea of what is available, you will need to get an overview of what the Park offers. For that, get our new E-Book which we tell you about below.

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In order to help people to get to know the Kruger Park better, we wrote a book containing large pictures, short descriptions, GPS Coordinates and travel times of more than 300 waypoints like camps, picnic spots, waterholes, dams, viewpoints and other interesting points along all of the public roads of the Kruger Park

The book is written in the form of a 20-day tour, taking the reader on a virtual tour through the park, giving the reader a rare graphical oversight over the park. Use the many GPS Coordinates to enjoy a pre-visit to the different places on Google Earth to make your virtual tour even more fun!

Although it is possible to follow the routes in 20 days, few people have the time available to travel all the routes described in the book, therefore it will be a good idea to download the book and do the virtual tour and then, after that experience, to design your visit to the Park as well as the trips and places you want to see and experience. more"