Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Safari Lodge
This luxury safari camp is set at the edge of a riverine forest, overlooking the sweeping plains of Maasai Mara – and it lies within the path of the incredible annual Great Migration. At Kichwa Tembo, you can expect an authentic African safari experience with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
* Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Highlights
- ∞In the path of the annual Great Migration
- ∞On a private concession next to Maasai Mara National Park
- ∞Offers incredible views out over the plains
- ∞Vast herds of animals on your doorstep
- ∞Game drives, bush walks, hot air ballooning
- ∞Visits to local Maasai cultural villages
- ∞Community support and involvement
More about this accommodation
The camp has been recently redone to take full advantage of its enviable panoramic views out over the Maasai Mara.
Luxurious family accommodation
Modern, elegant and luxurious, the camp is designed for your privacy and comfort. There are 12 traditional luxury tents, which are in the forested section of the camp with views out over the Sabaringo River, and 28 modern superior tents, which are larger, more spacious with exceptional views of the Maasai Mara or the forest thickets. Children are welcome at Kichwa Tembo.
Set on private concession
Kichwa Tembo is on private land, leased from Maasai landlords. It’s very secluded with abundant wildlife. The main lodge is spacious and double volume with different levels that can comfortably cater for the busy season as well as adapting to be more intimate and exclusive in the quieter months. There’s a spacious lounge, dining and bar area leading out onto a deck with a rim-flow swimming pool – all offering endless views over the Mara. There’s also an on-site spa and a safari shop with exquisite Kenyan crafts.
Your typical day at Kichwa
With a gentle wake-up at dawn, your guide will chat about your wish-list over tea/coffee and rusks. Then it’s game drive time in open safari vehicle, trying to follow the Great Migration if it’s passing through. You’ll also have a coffee/tea/snack stop midway. Returning to camp mid-morning, there’ll be a hearty brunch waiting for you – or you can choose to take a packed breakfast and stay out longer on your game drive.
At around midday, it’s time to relax around the pool, waiting for lunch, followed by siesta time. After a late afternoon tea, you’ll again set out for either an afternoon game drive or a bush walk. Again, you’ll break for a refreshment stop mid-way. In the evening, you can look forward to a sumptuous evening meal, usually served out under the stars with a blazing fire to set the mood for discussing the day’s highlights. And tomorrow’s expectations …
Expert staff and rangers
This lodge group (&Beyond) sets much store by the calibre of their staff. You’ll find each member is superbly trained and shares a passion for hospitality and every facet of life in the ‘Mara. The excellent guides will willingly share their incomparable wealth of knowledge about the habitats and behaviour of all the birds, animals and insects of the Maasai Mara – as well as its ecology and its wealth of trees and plants. Many of the guides are from local communities and can give you invaluable insight into the local cultures.
Superb Game Activities
The Maasai Mara is arguably the most game-rich area in Africa with sheer numbers of animals that don’t occur elsewhere – notably the Great Migration, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world – where some 2 million wildebeest and zebra go on the move in search of better grazing conditions. Besides your two daily game activities, there are a host of other optional activities like guided nature trails, night game drives, bush breakfasts, sundowner cocktails, morning hot-air balloon rides and visits to local Maasai village to watch their fascinating dancing rituals.
Within &Beyond’s group philosophy of sustainable operations and assisting the communities in which it operates, Kichwe Tembo stands tall. Some of the many local and district activities it’s involved with include assisting the Mara Conservancy with environmental management, anti-poaching and animal rescue; recycling of all the lodge’s grey water; helping control and remove invasive alien plants; reducing use of fossil fuels with projects to create fuel bricks from waste paper and coal dust; supporting the community-owned vegetable garden (shamba) which provides fresh salads and vegetables to the lodge; establishing positive health and education programmes to help free the local communities from the burdens of lack of skills, poverty, malnutrition, gender inequity, HIV/AIDS and TB; and many, many more.
There are two daily scheduled flights (of approx. 1 hour) from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. There is also a daily flight from Mombasa Airport (of approx. 2 hours). From the airstrip, it’s a 30-minute scenic game drive to reach the lodge.
Our Take on Kichwe Tembo
One of &Beyond’s more affordable lodges, Kichwe Tembo offers all the luxury, comfort and exceptional hospitality and service you’d expect. Being on a private concession, you’re also away from the crowds that are attracted here, especially over the Great Migration time. A superb lodge that offers you an extraordinary safari experience. Simply enjoy.
- ∞Three meals daily, teas and coffees
- ∞Two safari activities per day
- ∞Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- ∞Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
- xTelephone calls
- xSafari shop purchases
- xAll items of a personal nature
- xAll alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- xMaasai Mara National Park fees
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.