&Beyond Bateleur Camp Maasai Mara
Endless viewsAt andBeyond's Bateleur Camp, you can experience the style of vintage Africa with a butler to see to all your needs. The open plains offer a panorama of endless views, and classic safari style from the '20s and '30s.
over 4 years ago
The Migration without the Crowds
Yes, you can view the greatest wildlife spectacle in the natural world without the company of over 160 vehicles. Over a million wildebeest and eight-hundred thousand zebra, the giant crocs never go hungry in the flow of survival of the fittest. You don’t have to be a wildlife biologist to want to witness what for most is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. A great experience can be had with andBeyond’s Bateleur Camp in the Mara Triangle who employs local guides. A mere five minute game drive from their private airstrip in the concession guests might just catch the gathering of thousands of wildebeest and zebra. Pictured here is a sighting of a crossing at the river where the only vehicle present was Bateleur’s. I could not believe my eyes. I had just stepped off the plane and within minutes was witnessing the famous Great Migration. As the wildebeest scrambled up the slippery rock, I noticed solid ground on either side of where they were aiming. I asked my guide ‘Why don’t they go a few feet in either direction where the ground is easier?’ He answered ‘Oh, they are not very smart’.
over 4 years ago
Honey Nerdism in the Mara
A delightful surprise for any visitor to Kenya is the locally produced honey. It’s a bee-nerd’s paradise, an artisanal elitist’s bragging right, a haute hipster’s dream, a foodie’s… I could go on. Short and simple, this is some of the best honey in the world, and a traditional harvest of the Maasai people. Bee keeping is also an income generating project of the Kichwa Community as sponsored by Africa Foundation and &Beyond. During dinner with the camp managers of Bateleur Camp, I learned that the honey purchased by the lodge comes from the local village through a sustainable project that provides income for women and youth. Beekeeping is an integral aspect of Maasai culture and a good source of revenue during times of drought and livestock loss. I brought a little home to share with my bee-keeping friends and they all marveled at the taste, how its light color belies its complex spice. My time was limited with Bateleur but I hope to return and visit the Kichwa Community Project’s initiatives like education and healthcare, and of course, those magical bee hives!