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About us

Customised South African Safaris & Tours

GUIDED, PHOTOGRAPHIC & BIRDING SAFARIS

To the Kruger National Park and Pilansberg National Park

WALKING TRAILS

Walking Trails in Makuleke Concession, northern Kruger National Park

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Chris started his career in the wildlife guiding industry which was inspired by a life long love of the wilderness

The Mission

Chris Bates Safaris can assist clients with customised safari packages to Kruger National Park, Pilansberg National Park, as well as other game reserves around the country.

Gallery

Just a few photos of my trips

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - Lodge entrance
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - Lodge entrance

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - morning coffee stop
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - morning coffee stop

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - pool and bush view
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - pool and bush view

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - Kitchen
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - Kitchen

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - boardwalks to chalets
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - boardwalks to chalets

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - outdoor dining
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - outdoor dining

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - chalet
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - chalet

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - chalet patio
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - chalet patio

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - room view
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - room view

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - bedroom
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - bedroom

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - dining/kitchen
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - dining/kitchen

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - patio to front entrance
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - patio to front entrance

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - lounge
Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie - lounge

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Tour Options

We can assist with customised safari packages

Tour Option 1

Pilansberg Game Reserve
  • Full day packages to Pilansberg National Park with a qualified field guide
  • Packages include park entrance fees, lunch, soft drinks, tea/coffee and door to door transfers from Johannesburg / Pretoria areas
  • Excludes alcoholic beverages
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Tour Option 2

Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie
  • Mafunyane Lodge, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • Exclusive, luxury self catering lodge, sleeps 8 in 4 on-suite chalets
  • 2 bush drives/walks daily with guide & tracker
  • Catered options available upon request
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Tour Option 3

Walking Trails
  • Chris Bates Safaris is affiliated with a trails walking company
  • Which is located in the Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park
  • Maximum 8 guests on a 3 night / 4 day trial
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Client’s feedback

Read feedback from our awesome clients

Pilanesberg National Park

Our family of 4 were lucky enough to experience 3 days of private safari guiding by Chris in the Pilanesberg National Park and we cannot recommend this experience highly enough. Chris’s knowledge, experience, attention to detail, animal spotting and driving skills made for an amazing and unforgettable 3 days! I would not hesitate to recommend Chris to anyone planning a safari trip to this area of SA. Thanks again Chris for a wonderful experience.

Best Regards

The Spackman’s
UK

Pilanesberg Naional Park, Tshukudu Bush Lodge

We were extremely lucky to have had Chris as our guide in Pilanesberg in August. Chris’ passion for the bush and wildlife were evident from the beginning making each game drive with him extraordinary. The incredible sightings, his knowledge and delicious guinea fowl recipe will never be forgotten. Chris is a true professional who showed a profound respect for animals, the bush, his colleagues and guests. Our time with Chris was invaluable and we look forward to him guiding us again very soon.

Best Regards

Katina & Alex Schopper & Nelson Cates
THE BAHAMAS

Chris Bates Safaris Review

We did not yet get to tour with Chris, but we will someday, God willing. We were shopping at Cape Union Mart in preparation for a safari we had already booked. Despite knowing we could not book with him this time, he spent a long time sharing his knowledge and helping us choose our attire. What an amazing man. Thank you Chris

Rick & Sherry Berg
USA

Kruger National Park

I know Chris since our training together, fantastic guy! A fanatic birder and so much more.

Wilderness Guide Jelmer

Pilanesberg National Park

Amazing tour. Amazing Chris. Tea break in the park, surprize that left me speachless. And all the knowledge Chris has, made this trip so educational and special. Well done! So whenewer you have a day free in Pretoria or JBurg, ask Chris and he will show the beauty of wildlife in all the splendor.

Janis Jaksts

Pilanesberg National Park

From the planning of our safari to the actual day was perfection. I want to thank Chris for going beyond our expectations and making sure that every small detail was taken care of. My guests from Europe were pleased and amazed that we had seen all of the BIG 5. Thank you again Chris.

Brett Duchesne Meadway

Kruger National Park

Chris ist ein klasse Guide-wir werden ihn bestimmt wieder buchen!
Wir hatten tolle Beobachtungsfahrten mit ihm.

Holger Domdey

Pilanesberg National Park, Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Chris is an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and keen to show you the best of what nature has to offer. Very professional and attentive. Can’t wait to go back!

Nelson Cates

Chris Bates Safaris Review

Good luck Christopher!
You are so knowledgeable!
Lucky people to be able to go on one of your trips!

Margaret Lancaster

Chris Bates Safaris Review

Absolutely amazing guide!

Sian Braithwaite Wright

Chris Bates Safaris Review

This was an incredible journey. We saw so much of Pilanesberg and Chris was so knowledgeable. Thank you so much.

Valery Galasso

Chris Bates Safaris Review

What an awesome experience – I will recommend Chris to all of my clients for the future. Very informative & professional. Well done!!

Nizar Taylor

Chris Bates Safaris Review

Excellent tour. I learned a lot and saw loads of animals. I will definitely be back!

Benjamin Wilkinson

Chris Bates Safaris Review

A wonderfully refreshing & informative day out in Pilanesberg – Chris was a fantastic guide, very knowledgable and relaxed.

Ruth Reinecke

Buffalo Thorn Lodge – Black Rhino Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park

Chris is a great guide. Plenty of knowledge and particularly good when photographers are on board.

Keith Smith

Chris Bates Safaris Review

The most wonderful way to safari. Excellent guide. Thrilling in every way.

Susan K

Chris Bates Safaris Review

Best one day adventure, very informative and good company – 10/10!!

Brad Gaertz

Chris Bates Safaris Review

Dear Chris
Once again, thanks so much for the wonderful trip to Pilansberg and letting me experience awesome wildlife. I will still need some days to process all the impressions. You are an amazing guide and sharing your knowldge about the animals , the vegetation,…… etc. makes the trip even more special.

Comment from a colleague of mine this morning, when I was talking about yesterday (and believe in me – I couldn’t stop as as I am still super excited about it) was just: next time you come back, you need to do a 4-5 day walking tour in Krueger National Park. And he is so very right. Looking forward to the pics.
Many Thanks and Cheers

Bettina Lindner

Chris Bates Safaris Review

We had Chris take us on an all day Safari to Pilansburg and highly recommend him. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and delivered superb service!

Erin Haney Emery
USA

Our Services

What we have to offer

Walking Trials

Makuleke Contractual Park, Northern Kruger National Park

DAY PACKAGES

Pilanesberg National Park

Guided, Photographic & Birding Safaris

Greater Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg National Park

Customised South African Safaris and Tours

Chris Bates Safaris

From the Bush

News on all of the awesome experiences in the African Wilderness

17
Apr

Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 2

Welcome to my 2nd newsletter. I hope this one will capture your imagination and get that African bushveld spark lit once more. The last few months have been very busy,… Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 2

01
Dec

Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 3

Welcome to my 3rd newsletter. As the months tick by, the lure of the bushveld seems to be getting that much more appealing and the ability to deal with busy… Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 3

01
Oct

Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 5

  Customized South African Safaris and ToursNewsletter Welcome to Chris Bates Safaris latest newsletter.   The month of August was quite busy visiting one of my favourite areas – Makuleke… Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 5

05
Oct

Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 4

Good day and welcome to a long overdue newsletter. I hope you are well and the year is progressing smoothly and your past visit/s to the beautiful African bush are… Chris Bates Safaris Newsletter 4

Chris Bates Safaris

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