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andBeyond Bateleur Camp
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“Fabulous hospitality, great food, amazing scenery and animals”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at the Bateleur Camp but wished we had stayed longer. Our tent was quiet and peaceful apart from the sounds of the wild animals and insects. Our Ranger Moses was knowledgeable, friendly and great fun. We enjoyed an early morning Hot Air Balloon over the Mara and it was spectacular, after you have a champagne breakfast on the plains. The food at the Camp was amazing, the best we have had on a four week tour of Africa (in 5 star accommodation) and a great touch that the chefs read out the menu and then later return to see how you enjoyed their food. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, chefs, Ranger or your own personal Butlers. If you have the time visit the Masai Village it was a very interesting experience especially learning about the Water Projects and how the Masai people live. We will definitely return to Africa and Bateleur Camp one day soon!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

From the moment we were greeted at the airstrip with a cool,refreshing (and slightly alcoholic!) fruit punch to the moment we were waved off 3 days later, everything about our stay was just magical. All of the staf were friendly, attentive and couldn't do enough for you. Our game driver & guide, Albert, was excellent and we saw so much game on our drives, it was fantastic and stopping to watch the sun set with a cold G&T was wonderful. The food was superb, the 'tented' accommodation was delightful and very comfortable with views looking out over the Mara. They completely surprised us with a romantic dinner for two after pretending that we had to go to the tent to 'inspect damage done by intruding monkeys' only to find a candle lit table (covered in rose petals!) set up on our verander. There were other similar surprises but I won't spoil it for you!! We went on an excellent bush walk and an interesting trip to a local Masai village. We'd highly recommend Bateleur camp for Honeymooners or those looking for a bit more luxury on their safari.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pennington, South Africa
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Perhaps everyone has a fantasy where they step from a small plane into the middle of East Africa and are surrounded by eland and giraffe and topi and warthog, with a few buffalo dagga boys glaring balefully at you and a herd of elephant disappearing into the trees. Perhaps that fantasy extends to a Maasai Warrior welcome and blessing and the splash of bubbles as the manager of Bateleur North, Masimbo and his team pour you refreshing drinks alongside the airstrip.

It is no fantasy. From the overwhelming welcome by the andBeyond team to the sumptuous luxury of our tent overlooking endless plains studded with a never ending picture of wildlife, this is the way the Bateleur Team do it. Nothing is too much effort, every holiday desire is catered too (even the roads are not too bad for the African bush :)) and the staff, without exception are amazing.

We stepped into an era bye-gone, gracious, elegant, exciting and magical. Our accommodation was not only beautifully appointed (previous entries have described everything in detail) but the lodge area of Bateleur North was fabulous and the meander past the pool and Bateleur South to
the verdant lawns of neighbouring sister camp, Kichwa Thembo with its breathtaking infinity pool , resident warthogs and sweeping verdant lawns was a delight.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a flight over the Mara in a hot air balloon, and visit the local Maasai Village, dance with the ladies and buy beautiful jewellery, see the school and meet some of the children.We were awed by Maasai warriors dancing and thoroughly enjoyed the most unexpected bush dinner after a day across the Mara with lunch on the Serengetti border.

Joseph Olé Kima was our guide and he was fantastic, we enjoyed extraordinary and numerous sightings including leopard, large hyena clans, serval, cheetah, a few kilometers of wildebeest undecided as to whether to cross the Mara River or not, lion, elephant, numerous antelope, fabulous birds, supersized crocodiles and hippos galore. Oh too many to mention. Even the rainbows and sunsets took on an ethereal quality in this place.

GM Maggie Dempers sets the example and there was nothing about this fabulous six nights that we could fault...a trip we would recommend without reservation, a truly beautiful property run by extraordinary people in the most romantic and awe inspiring setting...what could be better!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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South Bend, Washington
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

After a warm welcome at the private air strip, we had a mini game drive on the way to the lodge. The number of animals was just amazing. We then checkinto a lovely room that looked out on the plain where animals graze. The hospitality was just splendid. Milka was acting manager while the regular manager was off. She is an amazing woman - if only you could clone her. The only disappointment was the food. There was not much variety and what we had was just OK. All the employees were gracious and couldn't do enough for you. Game drives were excellent but the roads leave a little to be desired! We would be more than happy to return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

After a few weeks doing missionary work in Kenya I took a few days to go on safari and stay at the Bateleur Camp. I had no idea what to expect since my parents splurged on this trip for me and did all the planning. Jumping aboard a little hopper plane I chewed my nails until we touched down on a red stretch of earth surrounded by tents and the flat top hills of the Masai Mara. Luxury beyond imagination was waiting to greet me when I climbed down the stairs.

I was greeted by the white-gloved staff with gorgeous smiles and sophisticated personalities (after spending time in the heart of Africa with the locals this really made an impression on me). They served sparkling champagne and mimosas, mouth-watering juices and scrumptious appetizers which I nibbled on as I soaked in the beauty of the plains and the setting sun turning the acacia trees into silhouettes against the tequila sky.

Bateleur Camp has very nice safari vehicles. The best vehicles roaming the park, by far. The seats are comfortable with handrails (which you need on the viciously bumpy roads of Africa) and the large tent-like top cast a cool shade over the passenger seats which were wide open to the wild with no doors or side walls. The drive to the camp was stellar. As soon as we turned into the brush and felt the trees and vines enclose us monkeys were there to greet us, swinging and running through the branches as they screeched out their calls.

Just check out the photos and see for yourself the beauty and fabulous luxury you will find at the camp. Bateleur Camp has a private lobby-like tent that looks like it was set up by hollywood and approved by Hemingway. The luxury tents are incredible with plush comfy beds topped with heavenly down mattress toppers. The tent itself is an amazing structure. A wooden platform forms the group and a wooden arbor protects the fabric on the roof. Two leather arm chairs sit on a porch overlooking the savanna and I spent many lazy, lovely hours watching the water buffalo and elephant herds graze by. The rain shower and slate bathroom feels like it's set up outside but the giant screen windows of the tent are kept private by fences woven from vines.

Meal times were wonderful. I would walk to the main tent and let my server (you are assigned your own butler-server who takes care of you) know I was hungry or thirsty and she would dish out delights in an instant or set up a table to serve me a five course meal. The food was marvelous. 5-star quality for sure. You are also assigned a private driver (I had Eric and loved him to death) and he basically comes to pick you up at any time you wish and take you out to see the Masai Mara. We saw everything! Lions were right below my feet--the big daddy, the pack of lionesses and all there little cubs. Elephants and zebras were always easy to find and a tiny little infant giraffe had just been born. We watched the momma giraffe go to war with some hyenas who wanted to eat her baby for lunch. We spotted leopards and cheetahs stalking their prey and watched one grab a little gazelle and yank it into the brush. Eric even found us a Rhino. I loved the male Topi who were always found in the middle of nowhere standing on little mounds waiting for a female to come and ask them to mate. And despite the fact that the wildebeest usually cross the river in July, they started crossing just before I got there. Oh wow! That was amazing! Those animals are hysterical to watch and they make the funniest sound. We spent hours watching them try to get across that river without being eaten by a crocodile (some 18ft long!). A few wildebeest did not make it but wound up in the croc's mouth. The hot air balloon ride was something I will never forget, especially since I'm afraid of heights. Experiencing the plains of the Mara from a balloon is really something unique you must do!

I went around June 10th through the 20th so the weather was perfect. The nights and mornings were chilly, perfect for sleeping in a tent outdoors. During the day time I would wear pants and a shirt and start out with a hoodie until it was comfortably warm. I travel a lot to Kenya, Rwanda, and the D.R. Congo and it can get pretty hot and dusty so take care to choose your travel time wisely if you are finicky about being hot and sweaty.

Room Tip: If you can splurge for the luxury tent--do it! Worth every penny. I did see the Kitchen Tempo tents...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Vadodara, Gujarat, India
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had a beautiful right in the bush seeming room. It was luxurious and very tastefully done. The food and service is exquisite. I would recommend this place any day! Its pricey but if you're looking to indulge go for this one, it wont let you down. The safaris were gorgeous, the landscapes were wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very courteous. Sigh...I want to go back!!

Room Tip: Try to find out how far your room is when making reservations. Some rooms can be quite a walk.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Our favorite camp in Kenya - just a wonderful place! It is really cool to fly into a private airstrip - that was a first! - and be met by the Bateleur team with a warm towel and a cool drink. The great hospitality starts as soon as you step off the plane. Impressive. We were met by Joseph, the manager, and Priscillah, the food/beverage manager, who consistently took excellent care of us during our stay. Everyone was warm and welcoming - they made it personal - they welcomed us "home", and made it feel like home. Upon our arrival in the camp, we were introduced to Francis, our room steward, and Chef "Tallest" Joseph. We could not have felt more like honored guests. The main lodge is a nice gathering point for meals, drinks, etc., and it is like a journey back in time - what you imagine safaris were 75 years ago. Lots of interesting artifacts from days of yore. I also enjoyed the collection of old books on wildlife and the amazing old collection of National Geographic Magazines. The food and drink were excellent! Chef Joseph is very personable, and his meals are something to look forward to. His soups, in particular, are outstanding. He also has an excellent touch with beef - max flavor and so tender. The rooms are pure luxury with the true tented safari feeling. Everything is clean and very well appointed, nothing is lacking. The bed is fantastic, and we enjoyed the addition of the hot water bottles at night - to help soothe an aching back from bouncing around the Masai Mara for spectacular game drives. In summary, Bateleur Camp is dynamite! You should definitely consider staying there for your once in a lifetime, amazing visit to the Masai Mara. Highest recommendation! LOVED IT!

The bush dinner was a highlight with a singing/dancing extravaganza put on by the Masai. Totally great fun! I have an audio recording of some of the chanting that we'll cherish for a long time.

A few words about the Masai Mara - WOW!!! I repeat, WOW! What a beautiful place - and quite different to the rest of Kenya. We had great "cat" viewing - lion, cheetah, and cervil. Truly amazing! Watching the "crossing" of the Mara River as part of the Great Migration is indescribable. What a spectacle! Even more amazing is the sound of the thousands of zebra and wildebeest hooting it up!!! We saw a crocodile or two snap up a couple of wildebeest - that was pretty wild! We took a hot air balloon ride - which was very expensive but totally worth it. Definitely end your trip at the Masai Mara - it is definitely the icing on the cake.

Room Tip: We were in Number 9 which was very secluded but only a 5 minute walk from the main lodge
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: andBeyond Bateleur Camp
Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #49 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set among forests on the very edge of the Masai Mara, each elegant tent at andBeyond Bateleur Camp replicates the style and glamour of vintage Africa. A world of hardwood floors, polished silver and sparkling crystal is juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains, with their abundant herds of wildlife. ... more   less 
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