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A bird’s eye view of South Africa’s eco-challenges!


Flying for the environment

By giving policy makers, conservationists, scientists, media representatives, community leaders and activists a bird’s eye view of our portion of the planet, The Bateleurs contributes greatly to its protection.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world

Founded in 1998, The Bateleurs is a Non Profit Company (NPC), with over 200 volunteer pilots and aircraft. It provides its beneficiaries and the public with an aerial perspective of the environment and has coordinated several thousand flights, and diverse missions, throughout South Africa and Africa, in support of environmental issues.

About The Bateleurs

The Bateleurs provides a free-of-charge aerial service to beneficiary (requesting) organisations, providing them with an aerial perspective on environmental issues, with the objective of informing better decision-making.

Request a Flight

When a beneficiary asks for a flight to determine the extent of, or record or photograph or otherwise explore, an issue or problem, we review their request and, if it is approved, we find a volunteer pilot willing to fly the mission for them.

Become a Bateleurs pilot

Are you a private pilot with your own aircraft living within South Africa and southern Africa wanting to volunteer your time and aircraft to fly missions to help conserve and protect our environment?

Support The Bateleurs

By donating to The Bateleurs your are helping the conservation of our natural resources. We have an excellent track record in converting money donated to The Bateleurs to around four times its donated value.

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Latest News & Articles

The Bateleurs New Developments

SARS Section 18a Certification. On the 5th of January this year, we were delighted to be awarded with our Section...
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African Wild Dogs return to Malawi

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Pilot Ryan Beeton – why I fly for The Bateleurs

Who knew that wild dogs could make a cockpit smell so terrible? Or that three large male lions loaded into...
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Steve’s Wildlife Management Aviation – The Tembe Ellies

Having spent two days of hard but exciting work, in a very successful 29 rhinos de-horning operation at Phinda Game...
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The Phinda dehorning mission

On the descent into my first arrival circuit, I had a sighting of a big pod of hippos – and...
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All creatures – we fly them!

All creatures big and small, young and old, land and water - we fly them! Two orphaned African clawless otter...
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The Bateleurs conservation contribution to date

Missions flown since 1998

Pilots Volunteers

Countries Operated Mission in

Beneficiary Organisations

Are you a pilot who would like to help conserve and protect our environment?


Fixed Wing, Helicopter and LSA pilots must have logged at least 400 hours of flying time, at least 250 hours of which must have been as pilot in command

Our supporters

Our thanks go to our volunteer pilots and our sponsors who make everything we do possible

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