My wife and I have been fortunate enough to take some amazing holidays and to stay in some fantastic accommodation. So when Bateleur was the reply to where my wife would like to celebrate a significant birthday milestone I wasn't the least bit surprised. There simply is no better place in the Masai Mara.
This was our third stay at Bateleur. Our second stay (February 2007) was somewhat impromptu. We had decided to try somewhere different (Governor's Il Moran) but it simply didn't compare to Bateleur so we called up our friends and were whisked to heaven. We have learned our lesson, don't mess with success.
Many of the previous reviews have talked about the stunning location, super-comfortable beds & tents, and the world-class dining (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but I think what truly sets this lodge apart from the rest is the staff, their attention to detail, and the extra special surprises along the way. From your first stay you will be greeted with a genuine warmness as though you were family. The personalised service of having your own butler and waiter during your stay affords you an opportunity to get to know the people who work there. In fact, when we emailed to say we were returning for a visit Milka (the manager), Wilfred (our waiter) and Abraham (our room attendant) insisted on shifting their time off to welcome us "home".
Here are some insider tips to make sure you have an extra special stay. 1) The North Camp is the newer of the two and the main lodge is more open and has a more stunning view (tent #18 is the best choice for view and proximity to lodge...close but not too close). 2) Take advantage of the late afternoon Safari walk down to the river. The different perspective is wonderful, as are the Hippos lounging in the river. 3) Go on a night game drive. Bateleur's private concession affords this unique experience. Always fun to see a Hippo's surprised face as they graze on the Mara grasses (we were lucky enough to see a Leopard with a recent kill in a small tree -- thanks Daniel).
I'm not sure what more there is to say, only that I know I'll be back some day soon.....I hope.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bateleur Camp At Kichwa Tembo Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- AndBeyond Bateleur Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve