I stayed 5 nights beginning December at Kichwa Tembo. Having been already many times on Safari in Africa, I had a good idea what to expect. The trip was organized by a friend who chose this camp. Overall, I can recommend this place, they generally know what they are doing and are organized. With 40 tents, the camp sounds large, but they did a really good job when building it as the camp it tucked away in a little forest. Hence, it fits perfectly in the environment, and you won’t even know it’s there. The pool overlooking the plains is a great luxury to have, but personally I think it’s not a must-have. I was there on a photo workshop, and we spent as much time as possible on game drives and reviewing our pictures, so I did not even use the pool. One big improvement camp management should consider is the power situation. We stayed at the “regular” tents which do not have power outlets. Instead the only way to charge is in the lounge area where they installed 4 multi sockets [for various pins]. But these are all grouped together in two spots away from the seating. It would make more sense to have additional sockets installed around the walls we people then can sit with the laptop being charged. They do have so called “luxury” tents with sockets, but I don’t see a reason why I should pay more for this. A camp from the standard of Kichwa Tembo should have sockets in all tents. Another thing which I did not like so much about the tents is that none of the cabinets is lockable. Since there is also no safe and tents are only “locked” with a small simple string, it would be nice to have another option besides locking your stuff in the luggage. As a photographer, I carry some expensive equipment. I would just feel better as everyone can enter a tent. Or, maybe a padlock instead of the string would be an idea. Otherwise, I was really happy with my tent; all amenities were available, including insect repellent wipes. The shower has hot and with good pressure. I was able to wash my long hair without any problems. The staff provides some turndown service where they also put a hot water bottle in the bed, nice touch! The morning wakeup call with your choice of coffee/tea/chocolate and cookies is also very welcome. However, I found it uncomfortable having my male tent attendant come into the tent that early. I understand that they cannot leave the goodies outside as the monkeys will otherwise quickly take advantage. So I still used my alarm clock to be at least dressed. I was surprised that the towels were changed every day and no sticker or card was available to create awareness on the impact. Especially in Africa and a conservational area like the Mara, I think natural resources and the impact of human life should be addressed. Laundry service worked well and fast, only I think they should not deliver the cleaned linen in the same plastic bag which I used to drop the soiled. I would also recommend using rather a basket or linen bags, something reusable instead of plastic. In terms of food, the selection was generally good, a little disappointed were the breakfast boxes. They could have contained a bit more selection and food. As this was low season, we did not have a buffet all the time. Personally, I found too many curries and stews on offer. On the first evening, I had a weird incident whereby I had ordered a mixed juice and was charged for two glasses with the explanation that they had to open two packets. Rather unacceptable in my eyes. Also, I would have expected the orange juice to be fresh at least, not packaged. For the buffets, they should consider a bit more food protection i.e. fly covers and putting some foods e.g. cheese and cold cuts on ice. The last thing I was a bit disappointed was the bonfire, usually one of my favourite evening pastime when in Africa. They lit the fire early before sunset and it was off once we finished dinner. They should keep it until all guests retire to their tents; anyways there are always guards who would also benefit from the fire. As for the main reason come there: the wildlife! It’s quite funny to see some special residents roaming around such as warthogs, bushbucks and blue monkeys. They are quite relaxed and come really close, but obviously not for petting. From the pool area you can watch zebra, giraffe and buffalo pass by. The game drives were well organized with good vehicles. Our driver Daniel was a really good spotter and knows the area well. One afternoon we had a stronger rain shower, and it was brilliant to have Daniel pull out rain ponchos for each of us. As said, overall a good experience and I would stay there again. Thank-you Daniel, Joshua, Ether and James!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp is set on a private wilderness concession leased from Maasai landlords in the legendary Masai Mara. Situated where forest and savanna meet, these elegant, spacious safari tents boast some of the most magnificent views of the Masai Mara, especially from the large swimming pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve