About Us

Chris started his career in the wildlife industry with almost 15 years in the corporate environment. The move to become a nature guide was inspired from a life long love of the wilderness and its animals.

He has completed a professional field guide qualification through EcoTraining and has had lodge experience at a 5 star establishment in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve (a big 5 reserve).

Chris has completed field guide, backup trails, advanced rifle handling, tracks and signs, birding, navigation & orientation and field observations courses. He is working to complete advanced birding through FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) to become a birding guide. He is also a member of FGASA and holds a wilderness first aid level 2 qualification.

He has had the privilege of walking in reserves such as Mashatu (Thuli Block, Botswana), Makuleki Contractual Park (Northern Kruger National Park), Selati, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Karongwe Game Reserves (in the Lowveld) under the guidance of some well respected industry professionals.


What we have to offer?


  • Customised trips to the world renowned Kruger National Park
  • Including accommodation, morning tea/coffee stops and sundowners.
  • Excludes alcoholic beverages.
  • Additional activities such as morning / afternoon walks and night drives can be arranged.
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  • Chris Bates Safaris is affiliated with a trails walking company.
  • Located in the Makuleke Contractual Park (Northern Kruger National Park).
  • Maximum 8 guests on a 3 night / 4 day trial
  • Hutwini and Pafuri Walking Trails Camp
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