Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya

View of the bedroom with large windows Outside guest area.  Spacious and inviting. Spacious guest area with lounge chairs and bar. Swimming ppols at the Camp. A spacious tent suite with large windows and private deck.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Kenya, Southern Africa

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Maasai Mara or the Sabaringo River.

Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality.

Enhancing its signature elements of romance and nostalgia, the camp has been redesigned to better showcase its panoramic Masai Mara views. With timeless interiors that are simple yet contemporary and stylish, the new Kichwa Tembo enhances guests’ sense of privacy and enjoyment.

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world.

Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife. Forty spacious tents, are laid out in immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors.

Guests can escape to the massage room to indulge in a relaxing treatment or browse the redesigned Safari Shop, which offers the finest Kenyan handicrafts.

The rim-flow swimming pool, literally on the edge of the Mara, boasts one of the world’s most extraordinary views.

A Day at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the Masai Mara, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. If the Great Migration is passing through the area, your guide will attempt to catch up with it and spend some time in the midst of the massed herds. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you.

Breakfast

Return to the Camp for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options. If you prefer, you can take a packed breakfast and prolong your morning game drive.

Lunch

There's time for a quick siesta in one of the hammocks strung around the grounds before lunch.

Afternoon Tea

Over a late afternoon tea, your guide will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive.

Afternoon Game Drive / Bush Walk

Head off in search of the wildlife once again in the late afternoon. Or, if you prefer, set out on foot along the Mara River or the Oloololo Escarpment and explore the smaller details of the bush along with your guide.

Dinner

Return to the Camp for a mouthwatering dinner served under African skies. Compare notes about the day's adventures with fellow guests or simply relax around a roaring fire.

Accommodation

Simple yet contemporary, the Masai-inspired suites are elegant and timeless, firmly entrenching &Beyond Kichwa Tembo as the unrivalled luxury tented camp of its size in the greater Mara.

As guests arrive at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo, they are instantly welcomed by the commanding view. The spacious guest areas incorporate split-level spaces where guests can relax and unwind.

The different layers can accommodate high guest volumes in peak season, yet still provide a sense of intimacy during quieter times. The large windows invite the Mara inside, making it feel like part of the guest area.

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo offers two types of accommodation, luxury tents and superior tents.

Luxury Tents at Kichwa Tembo

Traditional in style, the luxury tents are situated in the forested part of the camp, with limited views of the Sabaringo River. Comfortable interiors offer a traditional tented safari experience while secluded private verandas offer a shady spot to while the afternoon away.

Superior Tents at Kichwa Tembo

Larger and more spacious, the superior tents boast exceptional views of the Masai Mara or the forest thickets. The superior tents feature beautiful Maasai-inspired interiors that showcase a simple and contemporary use of local materials. Oversized beds are perfectly positioned to make the most of the views, while stained cypress wood furniture combine with tribal decorative elements.

Rates 2016

Fully inclusive rate per person per night for a Superior Tent*. Currency - US$
High Season - 1 Jul to 31 Oct; 21 to 31 Dec - $545
Mid Season - 1 Jan to 30 Jun; 1 Nov to 20 Dec - $400

Drinks supplement: Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers: $25

Superior view tents, Classic tents and Superior family tents are also available. Prices vary according to accommodation type chosen. Please contact us for details.

* All Superior Tents have views, however the "Superior View Tents" are located on the edge of the Maasai Mara with wide unrestricted views.

Included:

Accommodation
Three meals daily
Teas and coffees
Two safari activities per day
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip

Excluded:

Telephone calls
Safari shop purchases
Gratuities
All items of a personal nature
All alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Park fees
WILDchild programme
Administration fee

Rate Conditions

All rates are inclusive of VAT and in US Dollars. Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing.

The rates above only apply to Superior tents. Rates for Luxury tents, Superior Family tents, and Superior View tents will be quoted on request.

National park fees are not included in the above mentioned rates - these are charged per 24-hour period. All pricing is indicative and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

&Beyond Trading Terms apply

Wildlife at Kichwa Tembo Camp

The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to vast populations of resident wildlife, and the annual spectacle of the Great Migration.

The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Leopard and serval are frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to a vast number of resident wildlife, as well as home to the annual Great Migration. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Leopard and serval are frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets. The Mara River is also famed for its enormous crocodiles, which lay in wait for the wildebeest and zebra during the migration, when more than two million wildebeest and zebra move in search of prime grazing land.

The small and compact Thomson’s gazelle follow the herds in their quest for life-giving water and grazing. Lion, and hyena, as well as the more elusive cheetah and leopard, mingle with the migrating masses, while vulture and jackal await the scraps of the more powerful predators.

The Mara is famous for its magnificent, black-maned lion and guests stand a good chance of viewing these powerful animals. Up to six species of vulture are found in the Mara and one or more of them may often be seen on the sidelines of a lion kill.

The rare black rhino are most frequently encountered in the Ngama Hills in the eastern Mara. The Mara hosts a large elephant population, which has had a significant impact on the reserve. The Mara River is famous for its enormous crocodiles, with massive hippo frequently spotted in the water during the day or feeding out on the plains at night. The dense riverine forst around the &Beyond Kichwa Tembo camps is home to two unusual monkey species - the blue monkey and the redtail monkey, with their striking facial patterns.

Activities at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Kichwa Nature Trail

Take a leisurely walk in the camp surrounds with a trained ranger. This trail winds through riverine forest, and follows the perimeter of Sabaringo Creek – fantastic bird life.
Available at an additional cost

Mara Hippo Trail

This walking trail offers an exciting opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot, through the plains, riverine forest, savannah grasslands and bush land surrounding Kichwa Tembo and on to the Mara River.
Available at an additional cost

Oloololo Escarpment trail

The Oloololo Escarpment trail leads from the camp to the top of the escarpment, from where you view the Mara reserve, the Mara river and riverine forest. Rising up to 500 metres above the plains, on a clear day the spectacular view can cover the entire reserve. Available at an additional cost

Night Game Drive

The &Beyond Kichwa Tembo concession is the only place where guests can experience night game drives in the Masai Mara. As the sun sinks over the vast horizon, the African bush comes to life with predators and other nocturnal creatures. Guests may have the opportunity to observe fascinating species not normally encountered in daylight. Minimum 4 guests.
Available at an additional cost

Bush Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the bush, either on the banks of the Mara River or on the Oloololo Escarpment. Sip champagne (served on request) whilst enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of the plains below. Minimum 6 guests. Available at an additional cost

Bush Dinner

A delicious Pan African meal is served in a memorable setting under the stars, followed by fireside entertainment by our very own Sukuti band. Minimum 6 guests.

Private dinners can be arranged on request for 2 or more guests within the camp grounds.

Available at an additional cost

Sundowner Cocktails

Enjoy sundowner cocktails at a breathtaking location on the famous Oloololo Escarpment. Watch as the sun sinks over a spectacular classical safari landscape from a vantage point that commands views over the entire Masai Mara.
Available at an additional cost

Morning Balloon safari

Be a part of the Masai Mara by air. Enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views of the morning's sunrise. Marvel at the diverse habitats of the Masai Mara Reserve, the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife and the African Savanna. Enjoy a delicious champagne breakfast served in the open plains of the Masai Mara upon landing.
Available at an additional cost

Maasai dance

Tall Maasai warriors in traditional dress form a guard of honour as guests arrive. Deep, haunting voices burst into song and soon the ground reverberates to the rhythm of their athletic traditional dances as the Maasai leap higher and higher, seeking to outperform each other.
Available at an additional cost

Maasai Village Visit

Guests will be guided through the village by an English-speaking Maasai, who lives in the village. He will introduce your guests to the authentic, daily hustle and bustle of Maasai living. Guests will also have the opportunity to browse through the Maasai Craft Centre and purchase artefacts and souvenirs, which are made in the village — all proceeds are given back to the community.
Available at an additional cost

Children at Kichwa Tembo Camp

Children are welcome at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo is a family-friendly camp with three family suites. The camp is also able to accommodate a limited number of triple rooms, where an additional bed is set up in the parents’ room for children 16 years or younger.

Game drives are available to children aged twelve years and older. Children aged six to twelve are permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. While children younger than six cannot participate in game drives, childminders can be arranged during game drives and meal times at an additional cost.

&Beyond's WILDChild Programme

Designed especially for children visiting &Beyond’s lodges, WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.

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