Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara: The Lowdown

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Kichwa Tembo’s a luxury tented camp owned by one of Africa’s most established safari companies. The location they’ve chosen for the camp overlooks spreading plains in the Mara Triangle, a quiet area to the west of the main Mara Reserve. Here, on the neatly trimmed lawns, warthogs wander amongst the safari tents, and hammocks are strung up under the trees for a lazy afternoon of snoozing.

What’s Kichwa Tembo really like?

Kichwa Tembo is a comfortable and seriously romantic camp.  The camp has 40 safari tents scattered amongst the grounds- a mix of classic safari tents (traditional in style and tucked away in the forest), superior tents (larger, lighter and with a nicer view) and superior view tents which have the very best views of the Masai Mara. All have ensuite bathrooms with showers and flushing loos. Kichwa’s colours are simple and muted like the bush around you. There’s also a restaurant, bar, and gorgeous swimming pool, which makes an ideal spot to snooze in on a lazy afternoon. Theoretically, there’s also wi-fi over in Kichwa Tembo’s main lodge, but from our experience, this can be spotty in Kenya, so you’re better off ignoring it and concentrating on the amazing environment around you.

What can I do at Kichwa Tembo?

The main focus at Kichwa Tembo are the game drives in the Masai Mara. Kichwa’s owners are known for their excellent guides, and at Kichwa they’ll accompany you on shared morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara triangle. While you’ll do your drives in the public park, in Kichwa’s small private concession you can also do night game drives, and for an extra fee, it’s possible to arrange hot-air balloon flights, visits with the local Maasai community, and walking safaris– a great way to get up close and personal with the bush!

Giving Back at Kichwa Tembo:

At Kichwa Tembo water is recycled in order to water the lawns, and provide support for the Masai Mara’s anti-poaching teams. A number of projects are underway to help support the local community including creating fuel bricks to reduce deforestation, buying salad and veggies from a community garden, and planting trees along the Sabaringo River.

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