Each flight request received by The Bateleurs is subject to a review process which ensures that two basic limitations are observed, namely that The Bateleurs:

will not fly in support of any commercial activity, and will not transport people from place to place.

In addition, the assessment of requests ensures also that there must be an authentic potential benefit to conservation and/or the environment inherent in the objective for each flight. Accordingly, not all flight requests received are sanctioned. All flight requests are reviewed by the full Board of Directors, and there must be a minimum of three positive responses before a flight request can be approved. Also – for a variety of reasons, inclement weather being a major factor affecting light aircraft – not all the approved flights actually take place.

Our ability to carry out a flight request is dependant on pilot availability. The Bateleurs rely on volunteer pilots to do most of our flying. These men and woman not only donate their time and expertise, but also contribute the operating costs of the aircraft. Depending on the aircraft, this can be in the region of R500.00 per hour. Out of consideration to these dedicated volunteers, we ask you to work with us to accommodate their schedules.

How to request a flight

Flight Request

All flight requests must be submitted on our standard

Review Process

All flight requests are subject to review by the Board of Directors. Flight request forms must specify objectives that will lead to an authentic and expected benefit to conservation and/or the environment.

Conservation Organisation
Conservation Organisation: state the entity requiring the flight
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Contact person

First name
Your First Name
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Your Email Address
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Last name
Your Last Name
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Mobile phone
Your Phonenumber
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Office phone
Your Phonenumber
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Please provide a detailed description of issues to be covered during the flight, state the environmental objectives clearly and if applicable, the measurable environmental indicators that you envisage as a result of the flight.

Motivation for flight
Motivation for flight
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Please provide details of the requirements to be covered by this flight:

What are your preferred dates for the flight – please list three dates in order of preference

Date (First choice)
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Date 2 (alternate)
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Date 3 (alternate)
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Where will the flight begin and end (the location should be the same)

  • South Africa
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • CĂ´te d\'Ivoire
  • Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People\'s Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Viet Nam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
- select a country -
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Province for this task
  • - select a option -
  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu Natal
  • Limpopo
  • Mpumalanga
  • North West
  • Northern Cape
  • Western Cape
  • Outside SA
- select a option -
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City or Town
City or Town
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What regions/areas are to be covered (please be specific)
What regions/areas are to be covered (please be specific)
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Anticipated duration of flight
Anticipated duration of flight
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Details of ALL PASSENGERS and the ORGANISATION to which they are affiliated Please limit the number of passengers to the minimum required. Available aircraft may be restricted in terms of the number of seats and carrying capacity (i.e. the height and weight of passengers).

If this is a media flight, please list the MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES and their AFFILIATIONS

Name of Passenger

Full Name
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Height in m

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Weight in kg

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Is media representative

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Full Name
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Full Name
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Full Name
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Please list any special requirements that are necessary in order to achieve your objectives – i.e. window open for photography, access for disabled persons, etc.
Special requirements
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If the flight you are requesting is in any way linked to ANIMAL RESEARCH and/or CONSERVATION, please provide us with the reference number of your ethical approval, plus the name and contact details of the individual or organisation providing ethical and scientific supervision of your project. If you are requesting a WILDLIFE RELOCATION flight/s, please provide details of the relevant permits, especially Provincial or Country Exit and Entry permits.

Ethics Certificate: Number
Ethics Certificate: Number
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Date issued
Date issued
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Ethical and scientific supervision provided by
Ethical and scientific supervision provided by
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Wildlife Exit and Entry permits: Numbers
Wildlife Exit and Entry permits: Numbers
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Date issued
Date issued
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Please feel free to include any background information that would help us better understand your request. All Flight Requests are brought before the Board of Directors for review. After the Board of Directors has reviewed the information, we will contact you to discuss your request.

Additional information
Additional information
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Supporting documents (max 20mb)
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I acknowledge that I have read and agree with Flight request and indemnity
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Once a flight request has been approved, a Call for a Volunteer is sent to all pilot members. Volunteers are assigned according to considerations such as locality, suitability of aircraft, associated costs, the frequency of missions flown by individual pilots etc.


When a volunteer pilot has been sourced, the pilot and beneficiary are put in touch with one another. Operational support ensures that all appropriate forms are issued prior to the flight including:

Indemnity forms for pilots and passengers;

Post-flight report templates for pilots and passengers;

Observance of a range of statutory requirements in respect of animal relocations (national and international)


The flight of missions takes place. The only contribution which The Bateleurs asks of any beneficiary is the provision of a post-flight report, together with captioned photographs. The Bateleurs does not charge or accept a fee for any flights.


On completion of the mission The Bateleurs will:

Receive the post-flight reports from the pilot/s and passenger/s;

Update its database in respect of pilot’s records and missions flown;

Ensure that reports and photos of the mission appear in the next newsletter, in the annual report to donors, and on The Bateleurs website

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