Bateleur Camp

Nairobi & Surround, Kenya

On Request

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Bateleur Camp

Commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp, situated below the scenic location where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed, reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20's and 30's.


We Love
  • On the foothills of the scenic Oloololo escarpment, the rim of the Great Rift Valley with beathtaking views over the Masai Mara
  • Seasonal views of the Great Migration, including river crossing
  • Situated in a private concession therefore able to do bush walks and night drives
  • Sensitive off-road driving practices allow for close interactions with the wildlife
Need to Know
  • There are two intimate camps of 9 tented suites each and a swimming pool
  • Each tent has overhead fans and a private butler service
  • Even though the camp is fenced off, we request that guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Guests are accompanied by staff when walking around the camp at night.

The Review

Bateleur Camp is situated in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, which neighbours the Masai Mara. Meaning ‘head of the elephant’ in Swahili, Kichwa Tembo consists of private land in the remote western Mara, almost exclusively explored by fly-in guests. In addition to its excellent year-round concentration of wildlife, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of Africa’s spectacular Great Migration.

Why Stay
Each tent has its own deck overlooking the vast game-filled plains of the Masai Mara and a personal butler ensures that every need is catered for. Beautifully handcrafted artefacts, fine antiques, leather buttoned Chesterfield sofas, books, crystal and candlelight adorn the comfortable sitting and dining areas, transporting guests back to the heyday of classical safari.

A deep, refreshing lap pool provides cool comfort. Delicious meals are served in memorable setting beneath the stars, followed by fireside port and cigars. Bush breakfasts and romantic sundowners on the edge of the Rift Valley offer an unforgettable African experience.

Blessed with an astounding year-round concentration of animals and site of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. With abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise. Leopard is frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find shelter in dense thickets and rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The reserve is also home to over 450 bird species.

A typical day starts with morning tea and discussion with your guide about what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. If the Great Migration is passing through the area, your guide will attempt to catch up with it and spend some time in the midst of the massed herds. Hot drink and snacks will be carried.

Return to the Camp for breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by hot breakfast dishes. Take a quick siesta before lunch and a late afternoon game drive. Dinner around a camp fire.

Getting There

Most major airlines fly to Kenya and Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is the main point of arrival for most visitors. Mombasa's Moi International Airport (MBA), on the coast is mostly used by charter flights from Europe aiming for a beach destination. Flight availability and prices are highly seasonal. Conveniently for Europeans, the cheapest fares usually coincide with the European summer holidays, from June to September.

Bateleur Camp Nairobi & Surround, Kenya