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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.

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).


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

Languages Spoken

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


  • AA Recommended
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Availability and pricing

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  • Kloof Camp 3 (SOLD OUT) Kloof Camp 3 (SOLD OUT) Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2
    • Rooms Adults
      • Gumtree Cottage # 1 Gumtree Cottage # 1 Sleeps 7 Includes: Self-catering This quaint two-bedroom cottage sleeps up to 7 and is situated among huge Bluegum trees. Is has a spacious lounge/dining... see more
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          • Mountain Villa # 4 Mountain Villa # 4 Sleeps 14 Includes: Self-catering Carved high into the mountainside with a breathtaking view of the plateau, the upper wetland and typical Waterberg mount... see more
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              • Mispel Cottage # 5 Mispel Cottage # 5 Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Apart from its breathtaking view of the Waterberg Mountain range, Mispel Cottage # 5 overlooks a watering hole. Visitors... see more
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                  • Stone Cottage # B Stone Cottage # B Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering This comfortable, self-catering unit is situated on a North-facing gradient looking North-East. A Wrap around Stoep prov... see more
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                      • Vaalboom Cottage # C Vaalboom Cottage # C Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Vaalboom #C is a comfortable 3-sleeper for the budget conscious couple. It is fully equipped for the Self catering with... see more
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                          • Farmhouse # 2 (Lonehill) Farmhouse # 2 (Lonehill) Sleeps 11 Includes: Self-catering Previously known as Lone Hill Lodge, Farmhouse is a modern, spacious 4-bedroomed house with an unspoilt 360 degree view... see more
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                              Reviews for Bateleur Nature Reserve

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                              Adel Lensley
                              28 July 2019

                              Was rustig baie wild gesien en Dat jy in die veld kan loop. Die rustigheid is die kalmte vir die siel.

                              Nico Grobler
                              25 September 2018

                              We loved the quietness, the setting and the farm.The beds in Mispel Cottage needs replacement. Bases are broken and old. Mattresses also not good quality. Bedding very nice and clean though.One need a giod night's sleep.

                              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

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                              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