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  • Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Mid-range

overview

Experience excellent Big 5 game-viewing in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve while staying at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. One of Kenya's best-loved safari lodges, the camp offers magical views over the vast Mara plains and the Sabaringo River.

Kichwa Tembo is located in a private concession within the Masai Mara and lies directly in the path of Africa's spectacular annual wildebeest migration. Explore this remarkable area on guided morning and afternoon game drives as well as on hot air balloon safaris. Night time game drives can also be arranged for a chance to search for the reserve's elusive nocturnal wildlife.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Travel and Leisure World Service Awards 500 - The World's Best Hotels 2011
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #15 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014

highlights

  • Fantastic Masai Mara game experience
  • Game drives in open-sided vehicles
  • Bush meals, walks & balloon rides
  • Migration river crossings Aug - Nov
  • Friendly & attentive staff
  • Awesome tent views over Mara plains 
  • Pool with the best view in the Mara
  • Well stocked curio shop 

 

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Facilities

Kichwa Tembo offers excellent facilities for you to enjoy during your stay. Enjoy refreshing post-game drive drinks in the cosy bar area before a delicious dinner in either the indoor or outdoor dining area.

On those hot summer days the swimming pool is perfect for laid-back game viewing while cooling off.

General Facilities

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    Bar
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    Beauty or wellness therapist
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    Laundry service
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    Wi-fi available
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    Swimming Pool
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    Babysitting service available

Dining

Enjoy delicious Pan-African cuisine served al fresco style with lovely views of the surrounding area or in the main dining area of Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

Private dining and romantic candle-lit bush banquets can also be arranged on request.

Luxury Tent

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers 12 luxurious Hemingway-style safari tents. These tents also feature a private veranda and an en suite bathroom.

Luxury Tent AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only
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    Hairdryer
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    Twin bed available
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    Outside area

Other Room Types

The Camp also consists of 28 comfortable and stylish Superior safari tents which all feature lovely en suite bathrooms and private verandas with views over the rolling grasslands or the river.

Activities

  • Full-day safari
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local village visits
  • Walking safaris
  • Specialist guides
  • Bush dining
  • Photographic safaris
  • Birding
  • Night drives
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $330 Full Board Plus
  • 21 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $415 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $330 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Jul 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $450 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 20 Dec 2015 $330 Full Board Plus
  • 21 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $450 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Superior Tent,Superior View Tent,Superior Family Tent,Classic Tent Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for planning our Kenya trip for us. I really can't put into words how amazingly perfect it was. All of the planning and details fell into place seamlessly.

    Sara Levis , November 2014
  • We would highly recommend this location, your service, etc. to anyone who is going on a Safari to the Kechwa Tembo, Kenya – all the information you sent us was accurate helpful and took any guess work out of our travel arrangements! Your recommendation to upgrade our tent was spot on. We had a beautiful site and our views were magnificent. I am so glad we weren't tucked back in the trees. We loved waking up in the morning and watching the animals in the distance. It was so worth the extra money. The Gamewatcher group who picked us up and dropped us off were awesome - especially Gideon. He was so friendly and knowledgeable and shared a lot of history and information with us while he was driving. Awesome. Everything went very smoothly. We thoroughly enjoyed Kichwa Tembo and our guide was amazing. We saw everything we had wanted to and more.... She was so accommodating.

    Rene Higgin (c/o Mona), November 2014
  • The New Kichwa Tembo is very fine. The lowest tent now has full electricity (including recharging), lots of room, beautiful modern fixtures, shower with a rainforest head, a loo with an optional view. The view of the savanna from the first nine tents (where we were) is exceptional - think I'd stay there instead of the luxury tents, which are on stilts behind the standard tents. Their take in morning coffee is unique - they have a two-doored compartment built into the front of the tent. The Tent Butler places everything in on his side, closes his door, and wakes you up. You then open your door and get the coffee.

    Richard Hicks, August 2014
  • -The flights and transfers all ran smoothly and on time. We had no issues and the &Beyond people were helpful, on time and friendly. &Beyond Kichwa Tembo was beautiful and we loved our luxury tent, the staff were fabulous- friendly and focused on customer service. Our guide, Alice, was absolutely amazing. she is knowledgeable, funny, accomodating, patient, and delightful. We would recommend her to everyone and she made our game drives stunning. Our waiter and the chef went out of their way to accomodate our vegetarian and no dairy food requests. The food was delicious, fresh, interesting, and plentiful & the remodeled bulidings were stunning and the small touches really enhanced the beauty. The Maasai dancing was fun and interesting.

    Julie Abel, August 2014
  • All the camps exceeded our expectations, especially the Kichwa Tembo. They however were getting ready to open a new wing of camps on the property. So, we will be going back to that one (in the future), for sure. The food was exceptional, and the staff were excellent. My favorite camp..

    David Warren, July 2014
  • Kichwa was amazing. The staff, the food, the game drives, our guide (Sophie), the accommodations - everything was superb.

    Norm Giere, November 2013
  • Kitchwa Tembo Tented Camp - what an awesome experience to fly into these little regional airstrips, be picked up and driven to our camp set in the middle of the Masai Mara! I was so excited from the picture in the itinerary of the pool area looking over the Mara plains, and the camp absolutely lived up to expectations. I loved the setting and service of this camp - this was a fabulous experience, our driver was excellent and we had great game drives each day, and got to see a crossing of the great migration!

    Danielle Heidtman, October 2013
  • We LOVE this small lodge perched on top of a mountain overlooking the Rift Valley! It also overlooks the mountain with the "sleeping warrior" rock formation in top of a mountain, which is pretty amazing to see. Small and intimate, only 5 cabins beautifully made of rock and thatched rooves, these buildings were constructed by local people. The cabins are very comfortable and all have a fantastic view of the valley. The owners, manager and staff are very friendly and made us feel so welcome! The main building has the lounge and the dining area, with a huge fireplace and windows all around the room, allowing a panoramic view that changes with the sun's direction. The game drives to Lake Elementaita and Lake Nakuru were full of birds and so many animals! The guide was very knowledgeable about every bird and animal we saw. The meals at the lodge were excellent and plentiful. The pool overlooks the valley - so picturesque ! Can't say enough about this little gem! We loved staying here and would love to go back! Kechwa Tembo- We enjoyed staying at this large lodge, but it was a bit if a shock after the small intimate feel of the first lodge! We appreciated having wifi in the main building and a nice gift shop where we bought a few things. Our luxury tent was well worth the money, as the recharging station in the bar was always full. We felt fortunate to be able to charge up in the room! We have heard that this lodge is being totally torn down and rebuilt. We were on a plane with the &beyond CEO and Exec Manager of &Beyond Kenya and at a stop in Arusha they were telling us about the rebuilding plans for Kichwa Tembo. We had a good visit with them about all of the safari lodges and camps we've stayed at in the past two years. Anyway, we thought there was real charm in the older lodge feel. We had amazing game drives into the Maasai Mara - the guide was very knowledgeable and we saw so many animals! We found the wildebeests and zebras walking (sometimes running!) back toward Tanzania. The meals were wonderful and the staff was so friendly and accommodating ! We enjoyed watching the baby warthogs with their mamas playing and eating grass in the lodge's big yard as we dined! The hot air balloon ride was AMAZING! We loved the whole experience of getting to see the animals from above! This had been a dream of mine for many many years, and it finally came true! The freshly cooked bush breakfast afterward was pretty cool, too! A wonderful way to experience Africa!

    Merry Garrard, October 2013
  • The safari was amazing. Everything was well organized from the moment we landed in Kenya. People were there to meet us and bring us to the hotel; they were ready the next morning for the transport to the airport; and we got to the Mara by about 9:30am. The level of service at Kichwa Tembo was excellent. Our guides were great; the food was delicious; the accommodations were very good. Although I expect this from and &Beyond resort, they did not disappoint. Our whole group was very impressed, as it was the first safari experience for most of them. We saw the Big 5, including a lion killing a baby wildebeest. We also saw three cheetahs and experienced a wildebeest river crossing. Even our guides said that we were a very lucky group.

    Shelly Duben, August 2013
  • Beautiful resort. Warthogs and monkeys roamed around freely. Food was excellent. Service was a little too attentive. Everyone kept asking us if we were happy. Andrew our butler was very helpful and friendly. I don't think I would stay there again; it was lovely but a little bit "over the top" for our taste. Masai Mara park was stunning. Saw 4 of the big five.

    Susan Trachman, June 2013

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Emma Harrop

Emma Harrop

Africa Safari Expert

"Great value for an amazing camp - views of the plains from your tent, outside dining, and overall just a very special experience."

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The Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp surpassed any expectation we had, loved the hot water bottle in the bed in the evenings. It was certainly a full on 2 days of safari drives. Wesley our guide and driver with 15 years experience was brilliant. He had such a great network and we got to see almost everything. We experienced the Big 5, plus had two sightings of Cheetahs, and almost experienced a wildebeest crossing. It was amazing!

Toni Harris, September 2012 >View more reviews