Welcome to Bateleur Nature Reserve at Kroonvlei

Escape to the tranquility and seclusion of The Waterberg, with more than 3,000 hectares to explore. Indulge in the beauty of nature with deep gorges and clear rock pools. Unique Fauna and Flora abound in this bird-watchers’ and wildlife paradise. Our Nature Reserve is famous for its SAHTOA accredited Stamvrug Hiking Trails, consisting of ten different circular - and day trails, laid out amongst the kloofs and escarpments. Stay in self-catering secluded farmhouses, cabins or base camps.

Bateleur caters for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts like hikers, mountain bikers, stargazers, birders, butterfly and tree lovers and those who seek refuge from city life in the seclusion and tranquility of the Waterberg wilderness. We offer no recreational or entertainment facilities such as tennis courts, slippy slides or fake volcanoes. If dung-beetles at work, wild flowers and butterflies in the vlei, otters in the dams, extreme privacy, boisterous birds or magnificent sunsets don’t tickle your fancy, you may prefer a visit to Sun City. If you expect chocolates on your pillow, or oil in your bath, Bateleur Nature Reserve will not be your preferred destination.

The rare Waterberg Copper (Erikssonia edgei), which was thought to have gone extinct almost 30 years ago, was rediscovered at Bateleur Nature Reserve in March 2013. Thanks to the pristine conditions and favourable habitat, this is currently its only known location in the world.


  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching (Kloof Bird Hide)
  • Game Viewing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing (Catch and Release)

The area is classified as malaria-free. Summer days are warm to hot (low humidity) with thunderstorms. Winter days are mild and sunny.

We are situated twenty-five km. Northwest of Warmbaths (Bêla-Bêla), high on a plateau in the Waterberg.


  • Ride an elephant - http://www.adventureswithelephants.co.za/

  • Zipline Adventures - http://waterbergzip.co.za/

  • l’Orange Bleue French Belgian Country Restaurant - 8km

  • Lekwêna Ranch +27 (0) 82 090 6917 Game rides & horse trails - 8km

  • Donkerpoort Dam - 20km

  • Warmbaths Aventura Hot Water Springs & Water Sports - 25km

  • Nylstroom Golf Course - 25km

  • Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm - 25km

  • Snake & Reptile Park - 30km

  • Nylsvley Bird Sanctuary - 55km

  • Mabula Lodge (Big 5) - 75km

  • De Wildt Shingwedzi +27 (0) 14 734 1735 Cheetah & Wild Dog Sanctuary - 25km



  • Kloof Base-Camp #3A R100 (per person per day)
  • Stamvrug Base-Camp #6A R100 (per person per day)
  • CANNOT BE BOOKED ONLINE - +27(0)83 677 6999 E-Mail: Info@waterberg.co.za


  • Mispel Cottage #5 (Sleeps 5)
  • Stone Cottage #B (Sleeps 2)
  • Mountain Villa #4 (Sleeps 12)
  • Gum Tree Cottage (Sleeps 6)
  • Vaalboom Cabin (Sleeps 2)
  • Farmhouse (Sleeps 10)

  • Children under two stay free.
  • Normal weekends stay (or pay) for a minimum of two days.
  • Long weekends stay (or pay) for a minimum of three or more days, depending on the length of the weekend.

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Special rates and conditions can be negotiated for visits during the week, on Short notice, for larger groups and School groups.

A limited number of tents can be accommodated in the immediate vicinity of the Base camps making use of the Camp ablutions.