Fodor's Expert Review &Beyond Bateleur Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Narok, Kenya

If you're among the many who saw Out of Africa and began fantasizing about your own African experience, then you'll be happy to know that this totally private and very romantic world-class camp is just below the famous hill from the unforgettable final scene. The spacious tents have polished wooden floors and a wooden deck with steps leading down to the bush and encircling trees below. A massive four-poster bed dominates the tent's interior—a handy, long, padded stool, great for sitting on while putting on and taking off your boots after a game drive, sits at the foot of the bed. Walk to the back where, surrounded by glass from the walls to the ceiling, is an oval copper bathtub which overlooks a small garden but retains privacy. The public areas—also made of wood and canvas—are decorated with old leather armchairs, antique Persian rugs, framed maps, and a gin bar where you can wander in as you please and fix yourself a drink. Some three or so warthogs, which never seem to leave the premises, will be only a few feet away as you tuck into lunch under the shade of towering trees. The game-viewing will keep you busy by day and night, but do try to include a picnic on the edge of the scenic Oloololo Escarpment—it will induce dreams of those who once hunted and gathered here millennia ago. The gym, pool, and shop overlook the bush, and you might spot a dazzle of zebras while running on the treadmill. 

PROS

  • The restaurant and public areas are never crowded
  • There are unexpected surprise touches along the way
  • Knowledgeable guides, including a female guide (still a rarity in the Mara)

CONS

  • Intermittent mobile phone and Wi-Fi reception
  • Monkeys are always jumping on the roof, and will likely wake you up in the morning
  • If you leave your door open, all sorts of insects will fly in

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27-11-809–4300-reservations in South Africa

HOTEL DETAILS

18 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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