andBeyond finishes complete rebuild and relaunch of this classic Masai Mara tented camp
New pool at andBeyond Bateleur Camp
South Camp aton the Masai Mara just opened this month, completing the renovation and rebuild of the beloved Mara property. North Camp opened in March and is now joined by South Camp and its new gin bar, pool, spa, safari shop, and fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the plains.
Coffee and Gin Bar
The new interactive bar serves the best Kenyan coffee by day and speciality gin cocktails by night. With gin and tonic being the quintessential safari drink, there is no better place to enjoy it than the birthplace of traditional safari, the Masai Mara. The bar has 16 different types of craft gin, including Elephant Gin, handcrafted with rare African botanicals. 15% of the profits from each bottle sold go towards elephant conservation and each label is hand-written by a calligrapher and carries the name of a past great tusker or elephant that its partner foundations currently help to protecElephant gin at the gin bar
Stylish, yet understated, African design touches have updated and refreshed the camp, while it maintains its much-loved classical and romantic safari feel. The camp’s original designers, Fox Browne Creative, were charged with creating its new look. Highlights include an upholstered leather bed, hardwood floors, wallpaper interpreting old explorer maps, and a glassed-in bathroom with a copper tub and an outdoor shower with a Mara view.
New tents at Bateleur Camp
Kenya recently implemented a new law banishing the use of plastic bags and andBeyond is using that momentum and expanding to water bottles. Not a single plastic bottle is found on property. The bottling plant on-property provides both flat and sparkling water (tame or wild) in glass bottles that are washed and reused.
The lodge sits right below the Oloololo Escarpment, famous for its backdrop role in Out of Africa. Both North and South Camp look out at the Masai Mara and are just over a mile from the Mara River (the location of the treacherous river crossings during the Great Migration).
Game drive in tWildlife
The lodge is surrounded by myriad wildlife including the big five (lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, and leopards) as well as giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, ostriches, and baboons, and some resident warthogs that can be seen nibbling on the grass in front of the tents.
A day in the life
A typical day starts with a gentle knock on the door and coffee or tea and cookies left in the butler’s hatch. After getting dressed and sipping warm tea while the sun slowly comes up and the Mara comes alive in front of your tent, you head out on a morning game drive. Breakfast is back at the lodge, or set up at a scenic spot on the Mara. Back at the lodge for a relaxing couple of hours by the pool with lunch (or a massage or a quick workout) and then back out for an evening game drive. At the end of the evening game drive, the African tradition of sundowners is observed (finding a beautiful place to watch the sun go down and sip cocktails), then back to the lodge for dinner.
andBeyond is one of the world’s leading luxury experiential travel companies, designing personalized high-end tours in 15 countries in Africa, five in Asia, and four in South America. The company also owns and operates 31 extraordinary safari lodges and camps, as well as set-departure expeditions, throughout Africa, which positively impact more than 9 million acres of wildlife land. Established in 1991, andBeyond takes exceptional care of its guests in order to make a difference; its commitment to sustainable responsible travel, conservation and community empowerment has been globally recognized with multiple awards over the years. The company offers warm local hospitality and sublime natural luxury that combine with interpretive natural experiences led by highly-skilled guides and rangers