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About Bateleur Nature Reserve

Escape to the tranquility of the Waterberg with its 3 000 hectares to explore. Indulge in the beauty of nature with deep gorges and clear rock pools.Stay in self-catering secluded farmhouses, log cabins, or bush camps. After reporting to reception, you are on your own at Bateleur Nature Reserve. Once settled at the accommodation of your choice, you are requested to restrict driving to an absolute minimum. Bateleur Nature Reserve is best explored on foot. Enjoy hiking, game viewing, bird-watching in the Kloof Bird Hide, mountain biking, swimming, catch-and-release fishing. You have the freedom to explore the gorges and rocky krantzes of the Waterberg, or go swimming in the clear bilharzia-free rock pools.The Reserve offers you the freedom to be on your own in the bush to live and explore as you wish. In so doing, gain a more intimate knowledge of, and be entertained by the Waterberg's unique eco-system.The area is classified as malaria-free. Summer days are warm to hot, low humidity, with thunderstorms. Winter days are mild and sunny but the nights can be chilly.Please note that Bateleur’s main focus is on our visitors’ enjoyment of the natural environment. We cater for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts like hikers, mountain bikers, birders and those who seek refuge from city life in seclusion and tranquility. Our accommodation, mainly old farm houses with old furniture, is comfortable and clean, but not luxurious.We do not want you to mistake Bateleur for a Pleasure Resort, or an upmarket Game Lodge.Flora is abound in this bird-watchers and wildlife paradise. Bateleur Nature Reserve is famous for its SAHTOA accredited Stamvrug Hiking Trails, consisting of ninedifferent circular- and day trails, laid out amongst the Waterberg Kloofs and Escarpments.

  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 43
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 41 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
  • Tswana (Setswana)


  • AA Recommended
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Reviews for Bateleur Nature Reserve

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Andrei Moroz
16 October 2017

We enjoyed our staying in Batrleur very much. The house was very good, well equpped. During our hiking trip we managed to see many wild animals. Very tranquil place. Girafes come close to the houses. I recommend the place!

Marinda Vivier
31 July 2017

We loved our weekend stay at Mispel Cottage and a feel a weekend was definitely too short. The unspoilt nature of the reserve was so refreshing and the kids loved sitting around the fireplace at night. Although the accommodation is basic it was comfortable enough and very well kept.Thank you Wouter and Eliza for a wonderful stay.

Melanie Holtzhausen
01 May 2017

Loved the place, very nice, would recommend it to anyone, amazing bird, animal and plant life. the main access road (Not Bateleur's) is a bit rough, few sandy patches where normal cars might struggle a bit

Claire Richter
19 April 2017

We loved the location and the walks.Accommodation an old farmhouse, fine but a bit overpriced

ineke Boessenkool, South Africa
05 January 2017

We enjoyed a very nice relaxing time at Bateleur. We stayed in the big farmhouse with beautiful view!! We enjoyed the escarpment trail, the bird hide, mountain biking and swimmimg in the plaasdam! Thank you Wouter for your making our stay pleasant and very relaxing.

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Bateleur Nature Reserve Map

Bateleur Nature Reserve is 20km from the centre of Modimolle (Nylstroom) , the nearest airport 126.1km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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