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The Bateleurs provides an aviation service to environmentalists throughout Southern Africa.
The United Nations Millenium Goals lists ‘Ensuring Environmental Sustainability’ as one of its eight key initiatives for 2015. Two of these targets are directly related to The Bateleurs’ mission: integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes to reverse the loss of environmental resources; and achieving a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.
The UN Millenium Goals are a driving force for government policy in most countries. These initiatives have become part of most government policy in Southern Africa, and their targets are incorporated into each country’s own goals.
Yet, preserving the environment is more than just government policy. In the words of writer David Quammen of National Geographic, Africa Issue, September 2005:
‘But remember one thing: The survival of Africa’s wildlife hasn’t depended
on an absence of people. It has happened, to the contrary, amid constant
human presence. We ourselves are an African species, at least by origin . . .
The animals adjusted to our presence – to our slowly but radically increasing capabilities – even as we adapted to life among them . . .
Killing wildlife, extinguishing species, and destroying habitat are easy with
our current weapons and tools. Preserving the last of the great beasts in their landscapes, despite human needs and pressures roundabout, is more difficult.
But wait, here’s a thought, unabashedly hopeful and wild as an aardvark: Maybe modern Africa is where we can rediscover how its done.’
It is in the modern African context that The Bateleurs operates, measuring man’s impact on the earth, showing and educating those who can make a difference to preserving our habitat, and the diversity within it.
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Please would you help us to conserve and protect our environment by letting us know of environmental organisations or individuals who need our assistance, or by forwarding this newsletter to conservation or environmental agencies that could benefit from an aerial perspective. Vitit the Bateleurs website at http://www.bateleurs.co.za/strategic-context.html
ENJOY A GAME OF GOLF AT A STUNNING GOLF VENUE CLOSE BY TO LEOPARD WALK LODGE
If you wish to enjoy a game of golf during your visit to Leopard walk Lodge, Amorello Bush Golf Course (5.6km - registered with the KZN Golf Union) is situated nearby.
It is a beautiful venue that offers a truly amazing bush Golf experience as it is set amongst breathtaking surroundings that every golfing enthusiast should enjoy at least once. There is also a Golf Pro Shop that caters for all your needs and at Amorello Goflfing activities provide the ideal opportunity to mix business with pleasure.
Do contact us for more information and to book your stay or golf holiday at Leopard Walk Lodge www.leopardwalklodge.co.za
You will enjoy unique birding opportunities when you visit Leopard Walk Lodge
We are situated in Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park in the environs of the World Natural Heritage Site, The Isimangaliso Wetland Park. At Suni-Ridge over 350 species are to be found. Whether you are a novice or experienced birder, you will enjoy the rich diversity of bird species which find cover, nesting and roosting in the spectacular sand forest trees and undergrowth.
From your glass wrapped room the outlook into the forest provides an advantagous chance of viewing fairly elusive endemic species such as:
the Eastern Nicator
and the Neergaard’s Sunbird
- together with many other species.
Turtle nesting is an exceptional experience on the seashore of our World Natural Heritage Site, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park(previously St. Lucia)
Your tour to watch the turtle nesting that occurs in an age old ceremony, is a opportunity for you to observe a secret of nature that is seldom witnessed by the average person. Year after year the turtles return to their turtle nesting grounds where they dig into the white sands of the northern Sodwanda Bay beach to lay their round white eggs.
The beach is protected in the areas where the turtles nest, to ensure the safety of these amazing animals, but special tours are arranged with experienced qualified guides for you to be able to enjoy seeing this remarkablephenomenon. You may make a reservation with us for your tour to view turtle nesting. Do contact us for further information at and book your stay with us in order to also enjoy the many other wildlife experiences and the Great Zulu Culutre of our region.
This amazing photo was captured at the BIG FIVE Hluhluwe Game Reserve during one of our game drives which are available for our guests. Leopard often move their kill into a tree in order to keep their meal away from other hungry predators. In this photo, taken by Linda Gaulke, you can see the Hyena trying to steal the kill. Game drives to Hluhluwe Game Reserve are a popular tourism activity which you may reserve with us either before or during your stay at Leopard Walk Lodge.
Spend 3 relaxing nights at Leopard Walk Lodge and experience:
Tranquility in the luxurious Secrets of the Forest A+ Suites, with glass walls and amazing views into the forest – situated in our peaceful secure wildlife reserve.
Relax while you unwind in your own private outdoor Jacuzzi. Your spacious suite has an “Out of Africa” bathroom, with luxurious bath, shower and separate dressing room.
Ideal venue to share with your loved one for that special occasion or Anniversary.
Included in this Package for 2 sharing you will receive:
- Buffet style Breakfast & Dinners.
- A complimentary bottle of Champagne.
- A 3 Hour Game viewing drive, in an open viewing vehicle, in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park.
- Transport to and from the activities excluded.
- Experience close proximity to Hippo and bird life on a one and a half an hour canoe safari at Muzi Pan with a qualified guide OR
- A 2 Hour Hippo and Croc watching Boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary. OR
- A Croc and reptile Tour at Zulu Croc. OR
- A visit to the Cats of Emdoneni.
Total inclusive price for 2 guests sharing R4950.00
For Reservation of this special please contact +2783 6987318
Leopard Walk Lodge reservation/cancellation Terms & Conditions apply.
Often rhino with exceptionally long horns are seen during game drives in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. We are able to assist you by arranging game viewing in an open game drive vehicle to Hluhluwe Game Reserve with a qualified guide or you may self drive through the reserve. Read the rest »
During your visit to Leopard Walk Lodge you may wish to enjoy an opportunity to experience a scenic flight over the stunning Maputoland and Elephant Coast area. Your flight will depart from Hluhluwe Air Port and 3 spectacular flight options are available. Charter flights transfers from Durban and Mapumalanga are also available.
Sunday afternoon we found a giraffe kill right next to the road in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.
As we approached it there were people infront of us who were holding hankies over their noses as they were in an open game drive vehicle - Suddenly the wind blew in our direction and we got the smell which was quite overpowering! Read the rest »
You will be able to enjoy a favorite choice excursion from Leopard Walk Lodge to visit the marine reserve in the World Natural Heritage Site at Sodwana Bay, where many activities are available including scuba and skin diving, walking or horse riding on the magnificent endless white beach and enjoying the warm ocean. Read the rest »
Guests seeking deeper meaning to their visit may wish to have close contact and interaction with wildlife. Although little can match the thrill of seeing wild elephants in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, guests are also afforded an opportunity of close contact with 2 mature elephant that were orphaned and hand reared but are now free to range in a private game reserve that is over 2 500 hectares. Read the rest »
Animal Celebrities: “Matilda” – Black Rhino Bull – (1870-1951) – Hluhluwe’s most famous Black Rhino fondly named “Waltzing Matilda”
The Tale of Matilda
Following in the footsteps of Huberta the Hippo’s epic 1928-1931 journey, which had created worldwide publicity for Zululand’s game reserves, the next animal celebrity to become a visitors favourite and make international headlines was the one-horned Black Rhino bull, fondly named “Waltzing Matilda”, because of his swaggering gait, by visiting Australian troops, on a stopover en route to the theatre of World War II in Europe. Read the rest »
During your visit to Leopard Walk Lodge you may wish to experience a wonderful opportunity to view Whales during a sighting boat trip into the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Natural Heritage Site ocean - You will be in the safe hands of the only legal and licenced whale watching permit holder in Kwa Zulu Natal. Read the rest »
Enjoy one of the most popular activities in our region – a visit to the “Big Five” Hluluwe Game Reserve in an open game drive vehicle with your own well-experienced qualified tour guide who knows the terrain and also where to view the wildlife.
Or you can take along your OWN car and drive through the world-famous Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Wildlife Reserve yourself … the preferred choice for wildlife photographers and independent souls (see the video tips below).
Your visit to Leopard Walk Lodge will bring you to one of South Africa’s most spectacular eco-tourism regions, The Elephant Coast of Zululand, on the North East Coast of South Africa. There are unique opportunities to observe and photograph a wide variety of wild animals and birds.
The Reserve is home to numerous bird species, red data mammal species and other wildlife. Read the rest »
Leopard Walk Lodge is situated in Hluhluwe, on one of South Africa’s most spectacular eco-tourism regions, The Elephant Coast of Zululand, on the North East Coast of South Africa.
Guests looking for somewhere to stay in Hluhluwe can find pristine and unique accommodation at Leopard Walk Lodge.
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and leave relaxed, happy with your choice … Read the rest »