Set among forests on the very edge of the Masai Mara, each elegant tent at &Beyond 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.
Situated below the scenic location where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed, this romantic and totally private camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The epitome of tented luxury, &Beyond 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. 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 Migration for a few months every year, the Masai Mara National Reserve provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. Known as the “spotted land” to the Maasai, it is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and rolling hills dotted with shukka-draped Maasai. The reserve is a photographer’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopard are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find sanctuary in dense thickets and the Mara River is home to large rafts of hippo and some of Africa’s largest crocodiles. Six species of primates and over 450 types of birds add to the Mara’s incredible natural diversity. The Masai Mara is part of a huge conservation area that also includes the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in neighbouring Tanzania.
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp is located on a private concession in the western Masai Mara and is leased from Maasai landlords.
Weather & climate
The Masai Mara enjoys a temperate climate, with average temperatures of 26°C during the day and 12°C during the night. Rainfall is predominantly in April, May and November.
The currency is the Kenyan shilling. Foreign currencies such as the US dollar are widely accepted. It is difficult to exchange South African rand, so it is a good idea to obtain your foreign exchange in advance. Please note that dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as the illegal processing of bills was rife in East Africa during that time.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels, but proof of identity may be requested.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders travelling to Kenya do not require a visa if they are planning to stay in the country for 30 days or less.
Travellers to Kenya must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.