Bateleur Nature Reserve is best explored on foot. 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. The nights can be chilly.
Stamvrug Hiking Trail dates back to May 1992, when it was officially opened after being designed with the assistance of the Centre for Eco Tourism from the University of Pretoria. Since then, thousands of nature lovers have wound their way around and across the rim of a basin which constitutes one of the few unspoilt, unique Waterberg ecosystems. Nine years later, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve received its international status form UNESCO in 2001 and now forms part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and is the first reserve of this kind registered in southern Africa.
It is in this special environment, that Bateleur Nature Reserve offers a variety of hiking options. Over and above the four dedicated two-day backpacking trails, there are three shorter day trails, which can be enjoyed either from the two base camps, which offer excellent hiking facilities, or from any of the farmhouses and cottages, which offer more comfotable accommodation. Bateleur Nature Reserve caters for hikers with different levels of fitness and experience. Even within one group, individuals with diverse expectations have the opportunity to hike different distances and grades of difficulty.