ANDBEYOND BATELEUR CAMP
GREAT RIFT VALLEY, MASAI MARA RESERVE KENYA
After a complete rebuild, andBeyond’s Bateleur Camp reopened with a host of new additions. Tucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo escarpment at the rim of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara Reserve, the brand-new look celebrates two decades of the camp’s existence.
Inspired by fresh ideas from guest feedback and altering trends in hospitality, the stylish yet understated camp incorporates African design touches updates while sustaining its much-loved classical and romantic safari feel.
Charged with creating its brand-new look, original designers Fox Browne Creative were instrumental in fashioning a sense of continuity, with the upcycling and revitalization of a number of the camp’s original artefacts, antiques and furniture pieces. High quality local artisans and suppliers were used wherever possible to preserve a sense of authenticity, ensuring that economic and skills development opportunities continue to flow to the surrounding communities.
The new design preserves the vintage silver, soft worn leather, antique trunks and crystal decanters of the old camp, while integrating new design touches such as old-world maps and elegant dark brass fittings, creating a contrast with white marble surfaces. Functioning floor space in the sophisticated guest tents has almost doubled and the interior spaces appear more spacious with the utilization of a lighter color palette and brilliantly incorporated natural light. En-suite bathrooms are bordered by private stone courtyards with spacious bathtubs, indoor and al fresco showers.
Views over the breathtaking Mara are best enjoyed from sunken daybeds on the private veranda or from any vantage point in your tent. Your day starts with an early morning wake-up call where freshly brewed coffee or tea, conveniently delivered through your butler hatch will ensure that you are awake enough to enjoy the spectacular wildlife that is endemic to the Mara.