Bateleur Camp

Nairobi & Central Kenya, 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

The epitome of tented luxury, the Bateleur Camp comprises just two intimate camps of nine tented suites each, set among the forests on the edge of the Masai Mara. The tented suites boast an easy, classical elegance, with polished wooden floors and ensuite bathrooms with stone-walled showers.

Rating                               Classic Camp
Type                                 Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                         9 + 9
Max Occupants                   36 guests (or 14 with children) plus pilots/ leader/ guides
Occupancy/Tent                  2 (children 16 years and younger)
Interests                            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                            Private Concession area
Open                                Open year-round

Electricity & Water
A 220v plugs are available/multi nation. Multi-plugs available are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use. A 220v generator is used for emergencies.


Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US Dollars,
    British Sterling), Visa and MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     2:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

Bateleur Camp Nairobi & Central Kenya, Kenya

Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. It shares a border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is essentially a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

The Masai Mara Nature Reserve is home to a vast number of resident wildlife, as well as home to the annual Great Migration. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Leopard and serval are frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets. The Mara River is also famed for its enormous crocodiles, which lay in wait for the wildebeest and zebra during the migration, when more than two million wildebeest and zebra move in search of prime grazing land.    

The small and compact Thomson’s gazelle follows the herds in their quest for life-giving water and grazing. Lion, and hyena, as well as the more elusive cheetah and leopard, mingle with the migrating masses, while vulture and jackal await the scraps of the more powerful predators. The Mara is famous for its magnificent, black-maned lion and guests stand a good chance of viewing these powerful animals. Up to six species of vulture are found in the Mara and one or more of them may often be seen on the sidelines of a lion kill.  

When to go

The Masai Mara experiences warm to hot summers from December to March and cool winters from July to September. Night-time temperatures can be cold throughout the year due to the altitude. Rain is generally experience from April to May and again in November. Best time to travel is Year-round.

Summer: 28˚C / 80˚F to 32˚C / 92°F
Winter: 12˚C/52˚F to 12˚C / 75˚F

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
Bateleur Camp is situated in a low-risk malaria area.
Nationals from Commonwealth countries (including Canada and the UK) do not need a visa. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days. If your plans include crossing over to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the Serengeti, then you'll need a visa to enter Tanzania.

All other nationals can apply for a visa at the Kenya High Commission

    Consular office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 12.30.
    Visa processing takes two days (Except referral and multiple visas).
    There are no expedited services for referral and multiple visas.

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.

Air Kenya and Safari Link operate two scheduled flights a day from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip; the flights take approximately an hour. Mombasa Air operates daily flights from Mombasa; the flights take approximately two hours. The flight is followed by a 30-minute drive to the camp, with game viewing en route.

Kichwa Tembo Airstrip    
Coordinates:          S 01˚16’    E 35˚02’
GPS Coordinates    S 19˚27.268’    E 023˚18.027’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round