I have stayed at andBeyond camps/lodges on a few occasions and have always been 'beyond' satisfied. However, Kichwa Tembo was a disappointment. It lacks all the attention to details which I have gotten used to when going with andBeyond. Firstly, the camp is very big and it also feels like there are bussloads of people there. In other camps there were more dining areas or other solutions like not all guests eating at the same time/guests taking pack lunches.
The biggest difference was the attitude of the staff. Everything out of the box was impossible! If you wanted to do a walk, you had to skip one of your drives. The walk was very short and could have easily been accomodated for in between drives. If you wanted to leave 30 min earlier for the airport to do a short game drive on the way that was also not possible.
At Kichwa Tembo you have to pay for drinks separate, which is fine. But as a consequence there are no stops on your game drives for a coffee or sundowners. I have not been at any other safari with andBeyond or other company where you don't stop to stretch your legs, enjoy the bush and sundown. Also at the other andBeyond places I have been to there is always a theme night where there is some type of special dinner and entertainment. Maybe because Kichwa has so many guest, but there were no special arrangements; just a Masai dance.
- 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