Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Bateleur Camp is located just outside the Olololo gate to the park, in a Maasai concession area.
Arriving in camp you can hardly see it, so hidden is it in the dense vegetation. Small paths wind between tall trees where you can often see blue monkeys. The plains in front of camp are often frequented by warthog and zebra and wildebeest are never far away. Overall it's a lovely position and very beautiful.
Bateleur Camp is small, personal and luxurious. It is split into two camps, Bateleur North and Bateleur South, each with their own lounge and dining areas, and an electric fence runs around the boundary of the whole camp. A shady pool area joins the two camps and is lovely for cooling off on a hot day.
The lounges are all about comfort and style; there are leather sofas and chairs, an open fire place, rich rugs on the floors and lots of beautiful touches such as ostrich feather lampshades, leather-bound books and cut glass decanters (full and ready for an evening liqueur around the campfire).
Leading from here tiny pathways wind through the trees to the nine luxury tents in each section of the camp. Each is raised on wooden decks and has an impressive carved four poster bed, beautiful leather chairs, rugs and large en-suite bathroom.
Activities from Bateleur include morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks and night drives. All the drives are in open 4WDs and guides are knowledgeable and friendly.
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Watch out for the giraffe hiding in the trees, antelope on the plains and roosting birds. As the sun comes up the views are superb - one of the most beautiful sights in Africa.