Set on a private concession, the camp lies at the base of the Oloololo escarpment and is fringed by riverine forest just below the spot where “Out of Africa’s” most famous scene was shot. The camp faces out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and lies directly in the path of what is considered to be the greatest spectacle in the animal kingdom, the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
The beautiful tented suites have large four poster beds and are filled with antiques and African artefacts to give an 'Out of Africa' feel. The tents all have overhead fans and a private butler. The camp also offers in room massages and there is a lap pool for those needing a cool off from the warm african sun.
Activities include morning game drives in an open top Land Rover, night game drives and guided walks on the camp’s grounds. Maasai community visits and lectures and hot air ballooning may be arranged at an additional cost. At Bateleur Camp experience classic safari style, where wildlife adventures by day blend with elegant panache under canvas at night. Enjoy sweeping views over the Maasai Mara, some of the premier game viewing regions in the world this intimate camp reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20s and 30s.
Bateleur Camp has 18 generously proportioned tented suite split between two camps to give a smaller more intimate feel. Each elegant tented suite has a private deck outside and en-suite bathroom with a stone shower and warm wood furnishings. The spacious guest areas around camp add a touch of vintage safari elegance with intriguing antiques, hand-crafted artefacts and keepsakes of bygone times.
Due to the wilderness area that Bateleur camp is situated in, it is not suitable for young children and therefore only children over 11 years are welcomed at the camp. A safari experience can be hugely inspirational and educational for children and the guides and camp staff will do all they can to accommodate children over 11.
There is a lap pool for swimming and plenty of luxurious leather chairs and private seating to relax and enjoy the views or read a book. Bateleur Camp also offer in room massages. Bateleur Camp is an intimate tented camp complete with private butler service for each tent. All the staff are very helpful and friendly and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Excellent guides will lead small groups of guests on game drives through the Maasai Mara and take walking safaris to learn about the smaller aspects of safari. Visits into the local communities can also be arranged. Each tent has a 'gym in a bag' to keep you busy whilst not on safari.
Bateleur Camp is an intimate tented camp complete with private butler service for each tent. All the staff are very helpful and friendly and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
When to travel
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Location and directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Bateleur Camp is situated on the western border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwestern Kenya. Set on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords, the camp lies at the base of the Oloololo escarpment just below the spot where Out of Africa’s most famous scene was shot. The camp overlooks the plains of the Masai Mara and lies directly in the path of what is considered to be the greatest spectacle in the animal kingdom – the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra from the Serenget.
How to get there
8 hours 30 minutes international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is 30 minutes by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 1hour flights operate from Nairobi’s Wilson airport on a daily basis, to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. Once you have landed it is then a 30 minute game drive to camp.