This Property Gives Travelers Front-row Seats to Africa’s Wildebeest River Crossing
Each year, somewhere between 1 and 2 million wildebeest migrate between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya's Masai Mara. En route, the animals cross the Mara River — an occurrence so visually stunning, that nature enthusiasts, filmmakers, and photographers flock from around the world to witness it.
Situated near the Mara River on the very edge of the iconic Masai Mari National Reserve is the andBeyond Bateleur Camp. The stunning property — which is situated near where the famous final scene of the movie "Out of Africa was filmed" — is in high demand around the month of October when the migrating wildebeest cross the treacherous Mara River just a mile from the property.
Guests can glimpse the action while enjoying a breakfast spread from a comfortable perch, or book one of andBeyond’s game drives. With twice daily half-day trips or daily full-day trips, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action. Photography buffs can reserve the photographic safari vehicle, an excursion which includes everything you’ll need to get the perfect shot: unobstructed views from the specially designed vehicle, swivel chairs, a personal bar, and access to a photography guide who will make sure you won’t miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
andBeyond Bateleur Camp — one of Travel + Leisure's top 10 safari lodges in Africa —delivers a romantic and private experience that aims to capture the essence of the Kenyan safaris of the 20s and 30s. The property has two camps (each with nine tented suites), two pools, a gin bar, private butler service, a fully equipped gym, massage offerings — and most importantly, stunning views of the Masai Mara.