andBeyond Battler Camp, situated at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment at the rim of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, has reopened following a complete rebuild.
The rebuilt camp incorporates fresh ideas inspired by guest feedback and changing trends in hospitality. The camp’s original designers, Fox Browne Creative, were charged with creating its new look. To create a sense of continuity, they refreshed and upcycled a number of the camp’s original artefacts, antiques and furniture. Local artisans and suppliers were used where ever possible to maintain a sense of authenticity and ensure that economic and skills development opportunities flowed to the surrounding communities.
Usable floor space in the guest tents has almost doubled, while the ensuite bathrooms are flanked by private stone courtyards and spacious bathtubs, as well as indoor and al fresco showers. Sunken daybeds on private verandas offer views of the Mara. Each morning, along with the early morning wake-up call, freshly brewed tea or coffee will be delivered through butler hatches, while fences have been repositioned so that wildlife can come closer to camp.
In keeping with the remainder of andBeyond’s East Africa circuit, andBeyond Battler Camp now has a family unit that consists of two guest tents with a shared sitting area.
In addition to two new swimming pools, the camps has added a spa offering a selection of treatment and massage options for both single guests and couples. A fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling roll-back glass walls looks out onto the Mara, while a new Safari Shop has been added.
An additional feature due to open in June is an interactive bar that serves coffee by day and speciality gin cocktails by night.
The camp’s location on the plains of the Mara triangle means that the camp is a short drive from important access points, such as the Oloololo gate to the Mara Reserve, the airstrip where most guests enter the Mara and the departure point for hot air ballooning safaris. The 2 000-acre private concession that the camp is situated on also allows for night drives, game walks and outside dining.