Guided activities take place every morning at sunrise and every afternoon-evening from mid-afternoon, all under the watchful guidance of qualified and armed rangers. All guided activities are undertaken on a consultative basis because we do not believe in sticking to a rigid one-size-fits-all approach. The experienced rangers tap into their intimate knowledge of local wildlife and weather conditions and then discuss the various options with the guests. Taking people’s differing interests and energy-levels into account, the rangers tailor the guided activities to best accommodate everyone’s preferences.
Many people who go on an African safari prefer to spend all their guided game activities in an open safari vehicle, going in search of the Big 5 and the beautiful plains game every morning, afternoon and evening. This is adequately provided for by Bateleur and guests can spend all of their guided game activities in an open safari vehicle as above. There are no fences between the Bateleur property and the Kruger National Park itself and the Bateleur traversing area has abundant numbers of all Greater Kruger’s game species. It also boasts consistently regular sightings of all members of the Big 5 as well as some of the rarer species such as Wild Dog. But, unlike the average game lodge or safari camp, we don’t focus on pure game drives supplemented by the option of a short morning bush walk after brunch.
From Bateleur Safari Camp we give you every opportunity to experience the fauna and flora on foot in the form of extended guided bush walks under the watchful guidance of qualified rangers and trackers. We encourage all our guests to spend at least a little time out in the bush on foot, but there is definitely no pressure to step out of the vehicle. Those who take to the guided bush walks can do as much walking as they would like. This may mean doing a 3 to 4-hour guided bush walk instead of a guided game drive. Or it may mean spending some time in the open safari vehicle until we pick up some interesting tracks to follow for the rest of the guided activity. This is one of the beauties of Bateleur and it is fast becoming one of the premier walking safari destinations in Southern Africa.
The opportunity to walk with armed rangers in a truly wild part of Africa is a rare and special treat that will never be forgotten. And it all unfolds in prime Big 5 territory!
At all times there are at least 2 armed and highly proficient head guides and at least 2 experienced trackers at Bateleur, so those guests who want to do game drives only can be accommodated at the same time as those who want to spend some time on foot. Flexibility is the key and we go to great lengths to ensure that everybody gets exactly what they want from their African adventure. We cater for those who are first timers to Africa and want to see as much game as possible, as well as those who want to absorb the finer detail of the bush on foot.
Clients’ specific requests to walk or drive each day will be accommodated as far as possible, but the final decision rests with the lodge manager or head ranger. Whatever your preference, the combination of walks and drives can be affected by weather and animal movements but we will always go the extra mile to exceed your expectations.
Although we operate in a prime Big 5 area, there are no guarantees regarding sightings – what you see is what you get. We do however guarantee a real bush experience that you will never forget!
Traditional guided game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, affording the opportunity to get closer to the animals for photographic purposes – please note that in order to preserve the environment we only deviate from the designated reserve roads when sensitive soils are not affected. During the guided game drives you can view the magnificent creatures up close from the comfort of the open safari vehicles, using spotlights after sun downers to search for the nocturnal animals.
The guided bush walks are led by qualified and armed rangers. Every walk is a book on its own, with the emphasis on information relating to all the wonders of nature, big and small. During the guided walks you are out there with the African wildlife, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily dramas of their lives, sharing their space. The minimum age for walking activities is 12 and, although there is no maximum age, an average fitness level is required especially in the hotter summer months (October to April).
Bushcraft & Survival
During your stay at Bateleur Safari Camp, weather permitting, you will be treated to practical information and instruction relating to bushcraft and survival skills. During the guided bush walks you will come to appreciate basic tracking & navigation skills. And back at camp the operational team will give you a bush survival skill demonstration, which includes lighting fires, making ropes & water containers, and setting snares, all using items that you find in the bush. This is not widely offered by other game lodges and it never fails to exceed guests’ expectations.