andBeyond Bateleur Camp
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+27 11 809 4300
Photo courtesy of andBeyond.com
Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat 8am - 12pm
andBeyond Bateleur CampWhy we love it: An intimate lodge with Old World luxury and attentive staff
- Ideally situated for viewing Kenya’s famous wildebeest migrations and spotting the Big Five year round
- A classic safari style that recalls Out of Africa
- Personal butlers and top-notch guides for all guests
Romantic and luxurious, this tented camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the 1920s and 1930s. On the edge of the gorgeous Masai Mara, the secluded property was completely renovated in 2018 and comprises two camps of nine tented suites each. Classically elegant, tents have polished wooden floors, ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, and a copper bathtub with a view of the night sky. Each tent has its own wooden veranda overlooking the vast, game-filled plains and a personal butler who ensures that guests are well taken care of. Thoughtful details abound, like handcrafted artifacts, map-inspired wallpaper, yoga mats, and a butler hatch for depositing morning coffee or tea. There are two swimming pools on property, a plush common sitting area outfitted with leather Chesterfield sofas and fine antiques, a gym with views of the Mara so you don’t miss a single elephant sighting, a new massage sala, a gift shop stocked with local handicrafts and souvenirs, and a new coffee/gin bar featuring a selection of Kenyan coffees and top shelf gins.
But of course, guests are here to see the Mara's magnificent wildlife, and while many animals can be spotted from the property, included in a stay are twice daily game drives, as well night drives and bush walks—permitted because the lodge is on a private concession. Guests also enjoy breakfast and sundowners in the bush, Maasai talks and fireside dances (many of the staff are from the local Maasai tribe), the educational WILDChild program for kids, and visits to an Africa Foundation (andBeyond’s nonprofit foundation) community program like a school or village, providing an authentic glimpse at life in the African bush.
AFAR Travel Advisor
over 5 years ago
At 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 5 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 5 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!