Bateleur specializes in creating experiences for you that will never be the same twice

Michael Cheffings heads up Bateleur and has been taking guests on safari for as long as he has been working. He has visited almost every corner of Kenya as well as Tanzania. He knows the people and speaks the language – safaris are at the core of who he is.

Michael will create a trip just for you, taking into consideration your health, wealth and happiness. He will be here to co-ordinate everything, giving you the space to simply relax and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.


"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to."

Richard Mullin (Origin unknown)

As many years of Experience as we have had Independence!

The Cheffings family has two generations with 55 years of experience in adventure safaris, ensuring that you will experience the safari you have been dreaming of!

Bateleur prides itself on its high standards and attention to detail that is so often absent in bigger organisations.

They have walked the length and breadth of the coutry to charter new territories and created camps where none have ever existed. Their guides are the most experienced in the region.


"If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again."

Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”, her account of living in Kenya)

Michael Cheffings and the other guides who conduct Bateleur safaris have camped, fished and walked in East Africa for most of their lives.

"To take visitors on safari in the land in which we grew up, gives us as much pleasure as it gives our guests. We may start out as strangers, but we end up as friends for life."

The guide’s knowledge of the environments greatly enhances your daily activities. With your private guide you will be able to schedule your own activities around your specific wants and needs and will not have to fit in to pre-arranged activities.

This ensures you spend most of your time doing what you want to do on your safari!

Your guide will remain with you throughout the safari, giving you a great sense of continuity as well as having someone highlighting the best points in each destination.


"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy."

Ernest Hemingway (American author and journalist)

Once your safari has been designed, all the details will be taken care of by Bateleur, all you have to do is make the most of every moment.

Four-wheel drive safari vehicles are used: Each vehicle is equipped with large roof hatches to ensure prime game viewing in maximum comfort.

On game drives they carry refreshments and snacks, as well as bean bags to assist photography and relevant reference books for your perusal.

Viewing and photographing big game from close range is best done from the customized vehicles, but in some of the camps there is also the option of walking with an armed and experienced guide. Freed from the confines of modern transport, your senses will be alert, in tune with nature and you will truly feel the heartbeat of this ancient continent!

"There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive"

Karen Blixen – Author