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Bateleur Camp

Bateleur Camp

Naturalists and photographers alike revel in the spectacular beauty and magnificent wildlife of the Maasai Mara. Encompassing nearly 600 square miles, the Maasai Mara National Reserve provides a year-round panoramic display of some of Kenya’s most well-known species. Bateleur Camp is located in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, which is leased from the Maasai people. The concession is in western Mara’s remote region and is explored almost exclusively by fly-in guests. From the awe-inspiring great wildebeest migration to the endangered black rhino to the excellent accommodations, guests of Bateleur are sure to have a memorable safari experience.

A personal butler caters to each guest staying in one of Bateleur Camp’s tented suites. To provide a more intimate and classic safari experience, the camp is divided into two camps of nine tented suites each. At the edge of a forest, each tent exudes the romance of a bygone safari era, complete with polished wooden floors, beautifully handcrafted artifacts, fine antiques, leather buttoned Chesterfield sofas, books, crystal, and more. Of course, modern luxuries abound, including a private deck overlooking the game-filled plains, comfortable sitting and dining areas, and en-suite bath with stone-walled shower.

Dine beneath the expansive African sky surrounded by innumerable stars, feasting on delicacies served by attentive staff. Fireside port and cigars top off an unforgettable day on safari, and the next morning begin another exciting day of discovery with a relaxing bush breakfast. The lodge’s lap pool provides a refreshing place to spend the afternoon.

The concession on which the lodge is located lies directly in the path of the annual great migration, an impressive parade of over one million wildebeest as well as other plains game such as zebra and gazelle (including Thompson’s gazelle, eland, and impala). Of course, predators accompany the migrating wildlife, so guests can expect to see black-maned lion and hyena as well. Other frequently sighted animals include leopard, endangered black rhino, hippo, crocodile, elephant, kongoni, topi, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, and over 450 bird species. Twice-daily game drives as well as night drives offer the best opportunities to explore this game-rich region.

Other activities available to guests include intimate bush walks, hot air balloon rides, community visits, and interactions with local Maasai through talks and traditional dances.

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