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Kichwa Tembo

Masai Mara Amboseli & the South

Rating: Mid-range    

Kichwa Tembo overview

Kichwa Tembo is located in the north-western corner of the Masai Mara, the richest game park in Kenya. Each of Kichwa Tembo's 40 spacious, en suite tents is completely private, tucked away in its own little piece of wild Africa. They have decks with views over the grasslands and en suite bathrooms with shower, hand basin and flush toilet. The camp is set among the forests just below the spot where ‘Out of Africa' was filmed. 

The airy main restaurant is covered with Maasai thatch grass and is shaded by tall fig and ebony trees. Dinner is often served alfresco-style outdoors, weather-permitting. Private meals are also arranged on request. The courtyard is candlelit in the evening, offering a relaxing area in addition to the bar/lounge area. The camp's swimming pool overlooks the plains of the Mara. At night, askaris (Maasai warrior security guards) accompany guests to and from their tents.

The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives. As the camp is in a private concession night drives are also possible. You can take guided bush walks to gain a different perspective and get close to nature. You can also visit a Maasai village and watch traditional Maasai dancing. Spectacular hot air balloon rides can be arranged for a bird's eye view of the Masai Mara.  


Open:  Kichwa Tembo is open all year.

Location:  Kichwa Tembo is on a private concession in the western Masai Mara Game Reserve. There is a private airstrip half an hour’s drive from the camp. Flights from Wilson airport in Nairobi take about an hour. The camp GPS coordinates are 1 º 15’01.48” S; 35 º 00’36.89 E.  

Rooms:  Accommodation is in luxurious safari tents with private verandas. There are 40 tents in total which include 12 classic safari tents, 20 superior and 8 superior view tents. The last 2 categories have power and hair dryers. All are spacious and have an en-suite bathroom with a shower, hand basin and flush toilet. 

Activities:  While here you can go on game drives and night drives and take guided bush walks. Hot air balloon rides can be organised. You will be able to visit a Maasai village. The camp can arrange private bush breakfasts and dinner. In camp you can enjoy a swim in the pool, laze in a hammock and have a soothing massage in your tent.  

Facilities:   The main guest area has a lounge bar, safari shop and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Private dinners and candle-lit bush meals can be arranged. The camp has a swimming pool and several hammocks where you can relax between activities. The camp offers a laundry service, to be paid for locally.

Dining:  Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged.  Children aged 5 and under are not permitted on game drives. Those aged between 6 and 11 are permitted on game drives at the discretion of the manager.  

Health:  This is a low risk malaria area.

There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main camp area.   

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