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  • Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Luxury

overview

Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp nestles in the cool shade of a forest in the Western Mara, on the edge of the Masai Mara’s endless plains. Its location is so superb that it was used for the iconic closing scenes of the film “Out of Africa”. 

Eighteen opulent, tented suites are situated to make the most of the awe-inspiring landscape. The Camp’s communal spaces are comfortable, spacious and inviting, from the Colonial-style veranda to the sparkling pool. The quietly attentive service of your personal butler is a welcome indulgence. Bateleur Camp offers an authentic African safari experience with thoughtful contemporary touches.

Year-round Big 5 game viewing and the spectacular Great Migration are best experienced on early morning and late afternoon game drives. Guided bush walks provide a more intimate portrait of the land, while thrilling, spot-lit night drives uncover the Mara’s rich nocturnal life. An early morning hot air balloon ride over the plains is highly recommended.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Travel and Leisure World Service Awards 500 - The World's Best Hotels 2011
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #15 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014

highlights

  • Year-round Big 5 game viewing
  • Witness the Great Migration (Aug-Nov)
  • Explore the Masai Mara plains
  • Game drives & guided walks
  • Attentive private butlers
  • Authentic & glamorous Colonial decor
  • Exceptional dining & organic produce

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Facilities

The central lounge is classically colonial with some delightful contemporary touches and abundant homely comforts. Enjoy wonderful views over the Masai Mara plains from the large veranda or relax in the comfortable lounge, which features a roaring fireplace in the cool winter months. In the hot summer months, take a refreshing dip in the pool and settle onto a gorgeous poolside lounger, attended discretely by your personal butler. All wellness treatments are provided in the comfort of your suite.

General Facilities

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    Library
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    Swimming Pool
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    Laundry Service
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    Babysitting service available

Dining

Bateleur Camp serves delectable Pan-African cuisine in its elegant dining area or on the spacious veranda, with its magnificent views over the plains. One of the Camp’s delightful traditions is stopping at a scenic spot for sundowners during the late afternoon game drive. On request, the staff take pleasure in arranging romantic, candlelit dinners served al fresco in a forest clearing under the stars, or sumptuous bush breakfasts prepared to order at a scenic spot.

Tented Suite

The eighteen tented suites offer a perfect blend of romantic canvas and polished hardwood floors, with generous en suite bathrooms and superb views from private decks. The sophisticated palette of muted gold and natural tones, combined with richly textured fabric, create an elegant and serene retreat. Ceiling fans and needlepoint rugs enhance the sense of timelessness. You may well find yourself seated at the carved writing desk, pen poised above a postcard, gazing out over the endless, rolling plains, quite lost in the moment.

Tented Suite AMENITIES

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    Ceiling fan
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    En-suite shower only
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    Hairdryer
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    Outside area
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    Safe
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    Twin bed available

Activities

  • Birding
  • Cultural tour
  • Full-day safari
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local village visits
  • Specialist guides
  • Walking safaris
  • Bush dining
  • Photographic safaris
  • Private game-drive vehicles on offer
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $1235 Game Package
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $790 Game Package
  • 21 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $1235 Game Package
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $790 Game Package
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015 $680 Game Package
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $1235 Game Package
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 20 Dec 2015 $790 Game Package
  • 21 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $1235 Game Package

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Standard Tent,Triple Tented Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The camp was spectacular and we had many a wonderful game drive and a welcome home every time. Great food, beautifully appointed tent and great staff. We had sightings of a lion mother with cubs on a kill, a lioness walking up the road with her tiny 3 new cubs, giraffe with a baby, lots of elephants with lots of baby's, hyena den with lots of baby's, etc. etc. The only disappointment being that the migration was a month late - so wasn't really happening. We arrived at the banks of the Mara river to what looked like a shopping centre car park - so many vehicles you could not get parked. Some wildebeest were on the other side and would venture down to the edge of the water, look at the crocodiles, and turn back. Can't say I blame them. We came a couple of times and waited, but it was a waste of time, so we never came back. The game drives made up for the disappointment. Finally, the Hot Air Balloon trip was fantastic, as was the breakfast out on the plain. What an experience

    Lynne Jones, August 2013
  • It was a good trip overall and the Bateleur camp was amazing. Our high expectations were exceeded and the few days we had in the Mara were terrific. It was a wonderful experience.

    Chris Bernard, May 2012
  • We were at Bateleur for 3 days, and each and every second was amazing. Our guide Eric was very knowledgeable, and took us through the Mara to see almost every animal. We were in close proximity with Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, and every other animal you could think of. Eric was great, he got us as close to the animals as he could, and we were able to get amazing photos. The vehicles were packed with cold drinks, and blankets. They were very large and comfortable, and the family we shared our vehicle with was very nice, and there was plenty of room for all of us. Of the great moments on our drives we saw a female lion sleeping in a tree, a female lion with four baby cubs, and three female lions with a fresh kill, we also saw one male lion. We were able to see a Cheetah that was about one hundred yards away. We saw a huge pack of elephants, probably more than 20, we were as close as 10 feet from them. Eric also took us to a Maasai village, where we had a tour of the village, met the people, saw the inside of the huts, and were able to see how life continues to be today. The village experience was very good, but definitely a bit of a tourist trap, where you are asked to purchase things and haggle over a very unreasonable price. Back at Bateleur, the meals were better and better every day for lunch and dinner. Joseph the chef was amazing. He made meals that were fit for royalty, and enough food to feed an army every time. Masibo continued to make us feel at home every second we were there, along with the rest of the wonderful staff. On our last evening, when we were the only couple left at dinner, the entire staff came out with a special cake for our anniversary, and sang to us. It was so over the top that it brought tears to our eyes. We had never been treated so well in our lives. We loved our time here so much that we considered changing our reservations to stay another day, but that being too difficult we reluctantly left the next morning. On the way out the staff again came out to sing, and we were sent off to the landing strip. There we were given box lunches for our trip, and the bar on the landing strip was opened for service. Our send off was again A+, with nothing we would have changed, or could even imagine before having arrived there.

    Alex Yoffe, January 2012
  • Bataleur Camp is fantastic. The accommodation, hospitality and small touches really make the lodge stand out from the rest. They even surprised me with a birthday cake and song the last night we were there, as they noticed that my birthday was a few days away.

    Amanda Johnson, November 2011
  • Great place, and we saw huge herds of elephants. The light plane ride was great ... there were elephants almost waving us good bye from next to the strip! Would like to come back here for the migration.

    Nicole Mitchell, April 2008

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Emma Harrop

Emma Harrop

Africa Safari Expert

"I woke up to a hot chocolate delivery, the sounds of a hot air balloon in the distance and an awaiting safari. Bateleur provided incredible food and personal touches that ensured my stay was amazing!"

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It was a good trip overall and the Bateleur camp was amazing. Our high expectations were exceeded and the few days we had in the Mara were terrific. It was a wonderful experience.

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