Bateleur Camp at Kichwa Tembo
Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Have a massage in the privacy of your tent, after your morning game drive
Relax by the swimming pool
Float above the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon followed by a champagne breakfast
An expert photographic guide can be arranged from guests who take a private game vehicle
A walking safari is a wonderful way to see the smaller animals, birds and plant life
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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Bateleur Camp is situated on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the Kichwa Tembo area. Accommodation comprises eighteen extremely spacious and luxurious tents each with a private veranda, split into two smaller more intimate camps.
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 are filled with antiques and African artifacts to give an 'Out of Africa' feel. The tents all have air conditioning and a private butler. The camp also offers in room massages and there is a large 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 suites 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 artifacts 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 years.
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.
Hannah Dawson (Staff)
Bateleur is recently renovated, with a lovely friendly feel and fantastic facilities. Think luxury tents, opening on to a beautiful terraces providing expansive views of the Mara. The rooms offer a big free standing bath under a glass roof to take in the stars along with an outdoor shower. With a pool, gym and spa tent there is everything you could want while being in the heart of the wildlife.
Sian Frost (Staff)
The whole camp at Bateleur has been completely revamped and reopened at the end of May this year. They have done an excellent job - they have made the tents far more spacious and added in a lot of luxuries including a glass roof over the free standing bath (which no bath should now go without!) whilst managing to keep the whole Out of Africa feel. The tents are positioned on the edge of the forest with lovely views out to the plains where you can see a lot of wildlife walking by during the day. As in true &Beyond style the food and service are exceptional with lovely little twists such as outdoor cooking stations whipping up fresh stir frys and everything in between. The swimming pool has also been extended and now is a lovely place to sit and look out over the planes under the dappled shade. Being in its own little concession you do have the luxury of being able to do walking safaris and night drives, otherwise not allowed in the Mara National Park.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
Bateleur Camp is set within the forest at the base of the Olololo Escarpment, the elevated position commands some fantastic views over the Mara plains below.
The camp is split in two, North and South. Nine tents, 10-18, are assigned to the North Camp communal area and nine to the South Camp communal area. The North Camp is raised above the dense foliage and is a stunning spot to look out over the Mara. The deck is kitted with a telescope which is great for scanning and there is no shortage of game to look at at any time of year. The main area is shingle roofed and is larger than the tented main area of South Camp. South Camp is set lower in the forest and is more enclosed than North Camp. Rather than a deck it has a grassy area, shaded by trees, where guests can enjoy meals.
There is a pool nestled amongst the trees in the center of camp. There is not a lot of space around the pool to sit, but the pool itself is a good size.
The service at Bateleur is of a very high standard, meals are fresh and full of flavor and Milka and Stanley, the Managers, are great fun. The tents are spacious and extremely comfortable.
&Beyond Wild Child program
Specially designed activities ensure your children get the most out of their safari experience, with activities such as tracking footprints and making traditional bows and arrows to add to game drives with their parents.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Grand Tour of East Africa
Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater
from $13800 pp 8 nights
- Combine East Africa's diverse national parks to get the best of Kenya and Tanzania's wildlife
- Superb wildlife viewing year-round
- Variety of safari activities on offer including game drives, walking safaris, Maasai cultural visits, horse riding and hot air ballooning
Location & 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
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute trip by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 1-hour 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.