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“Amazing place” 5 of 5 stars
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C12 Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We flew into the small dirt airstrip and was met by Jackson, our driver/guide with hot drinks, nuts, dried fruit and biscuits.
Jackson was a amazing, knowledgeable and funny. On our 20 min trip to our camp we saw 16 different animals and 3 bird species, we thought we could go home now, we've seen it all already, but we hadn't, there was more to come.
We got so close to the animals, we'd stop just to let the lions just walk in front of our open aired vehicle. Never once did I feel like we were in any danger.
The meals were beautiful. And we were woken ever morning by our butler with a hot drink and biscuits, before our early morning safari.

Room Tip: We were in room 9, the closest to the restaurant area, I wouldn't recommend as it can be noisy i...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The camp, food, service, game drives wer beyond our expectations. Maggie is such a wonderful General Manager. She went above and beyond to make us feel like her personel guests!

Our cabin butler Joshua was just wonderful. He was pleasant, professional and aimed to please.

Akatch our safari driver was truely the best. Fun and always put our saftey first.

This trip is a must do!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Kichwa Tembo was our second stop on our 50th Anniversary trip. OK, we really took it on our 46th Anniversary, but... The trip was arranged by Maureen Stover at Go2Africa, who really did a great job - and at a great price. I investigated about 12 companies doing safaris, and saw others with the same itinerary but double the price. She had the same balance of bang-for-the-buck that I have... It was a fly-in safari to Ambroseli (Serena), Kichwa Tembo, Olakira in the Serengheti and Explorians Ngorongoro at the crater.

We flew from Ambroseli to the Kichwa Tembo airport on SafariLink. An hour to Wilson, 15 minutes to change planes, an hour to the Mara, and we were set down at one of the nicest safari airports. It had a building and a rest room! James was there to pick us up for Kichwa Tembo. He came supplied with a table of coffee, teas, and snacks. After pleasantries and snacks, we proceeded to drive to the camp. But two minutes after leaving the airport, we ran into three lions right by the road... Eventually, we broke away.

Kichwa Tembo is a pretty large (about 40 tents) permanent tented camp. We stayed in tent #4 of the new basic tents. If this is basic, WOW! Each tent has a solid foundation and interior walls and tent exterior. The bedroom is quite large, with a king size bed and lots of space. The bathroom is split into three parts. There are two sinks and mirrors in an extension off the bedroom, and a shower (with rain forest head) and discrete toilet near the back of the tent. If you wish, the toilet and shower are open to the Mara - loo with a view! In the back, you have a patio with table, chairs, and lounge areas. There were lights everywhere and electric plugs for your chargers. Wi-Fi is available.

As in most tented camps, your wakeup call is your cabin man bringing you coffee, teas, and biscuits. At KT, there is a two sided door when the cabin man puts everything in on his side, wakes you up, and you open your side to get everything. Convenient and discrete!

The basic tents (1-9, I think) face the Mara and are close to the dining room. You have a great view. We watched giraffes and water buffalo - and early morning hot air balloon flights - from our patio. The luxury tents we saw were on stilts, facing the Mara, but looking over our tents. At night, a Maasi warrior would walk you to and from the tents.

The resort areas were clean and stylish. Food was consistently excellent. As usual, you had buffet and something being cooked at the stove/grills. There was a nice bar area, pretty big gift shop (which my wife loved ;-)) and a lounging area by the dining area. THere were several warthogs on the property that served as lawn mowers.

The staff was always friendly and helpful - just can't say enough about them.

We celebrated our anniversary at Kichwa Tembo, and Maureen had let the word out (they would have upgraded us to a luxury tent, but we have bad knees...). The entire kitchen staff danced and sang all around the restaurant, then presented us with a Happy Anniversary cake, which we shared with then others. Then, our cabin man Emmanuel told us about an incident at our tent. We'd already had monkeys in our room at Ambroseli, and they had gotten into our tent at KT also, found our vitamins and strewn them around the room, and he wanted to come to the room to make sure that nothing was missing. Well, we got to the room and it was OK - and decorated in red and white rose petals and candles were glowing. He'd made hearts on the bed and on both sides of the bed and spread them throughout the tent. My wife cried... in a good way. Nice touch!

Our guide was James, and he was excellent. We observed three lions from about 15 feet within two minutes of leaving the airport, 2 leopards (one with kill), lots of elephants, lots of lions, zebras and tens of thousands of wildebeest. 32 giraffes - at one time. A great hippo pool (with restrooms!). A lioness walking through a wildebeest herd and going into a culvert immediately below our vehicle... We saw a crossing of about 75 wildebeest, followed by 10 zebras. Game was much more abundant than at Ambroseli.

In summary, 5 Stars! Great resort, beautifully laid out, great food, smiling staff, and some of the best game viewing anywhere!

Room Tip: Tents 1-9 are basic tents, but after the upgrade, they are great and have electricity. They have a g...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have never said, "Wow!" as many times as I did at the Kichwa Yembo Tented Camp. From the initial crossing from the small airport to the tented camp on the edge of a lush bushy area, we saw 30+ species of animals and birds with the help of a guide. The excitement never let up from that point on. We were there from Sunday, July 27- Tuesday, July 29 (2.5 days), and filled the short stay with many wows. We were greeted with drinks and warm welcomes. The hostess introduced us to our guide and answered all of our questions. This availability and friendly atmosphere continued with all staff members throughout the stay.

The view overlooking the Masai Mara and beyond the pool was spectacular, with giraffe, warthogs, zebra, and beautiful trees and grasslands. The facilities and tented bungalows replaced the previous facilities with contemporary African fabrics and accessories that were definitely not typical of a tented camp, but a luxurious resort.

The service was friendly and responsive. Our guide, Sophy, a tall, Masai woman, was extraordinary and stunned the male guides when she found the leopard so quickly and expertly. Her expertise and love of the land, animals, birds, and other creatures was an inspiration. Her knowledge of the habits and her conservation of the beauty of the land and living things was clear from the very beginning. She also explained how she broke tradition as a woman guide. We saw four of the five "Big Ones" in the first day. The second day we viewed the Great Migration of the wildebeest! This was an experience beyond compare. We stopped on the top of a hill next to a solitary tree and had breakfast. The wildebeest surrounded us on both sides as we gasped at the beauty of the Mara and its inhabitants. A truly spiritual experience beyond compare! Our safaris were early morning (6:45 and 7:30) and late afternoon (3:30 and 4:00). We were safe and comfortable in our two-ton vehicle as we explored the rough. Sophy made sure
we were comfortable, had comfort breaks, and provided snacks, water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate as needed. The vehicle had four tiers of seating that allowed everyone to see the panorama of the Mara.

The room was beautiful and well-decorated. My friend and I fell asleep to the melody of creatures (bush babies and monkeys) that softly lulled us to sleep. The shower and bathroom were my favorites! The waterfall shower was a relaxing experience as the water fell through the boarded floor into a collection pan.

The food prepared by a chef who greeted the visitors. The staff expertly presented what the fare for the meal included and were attentive and fun. The food included fruit, vegetables, meat, and dessert. (Having been on many Celebrity cruises, I would compare the food to a top luxury ship.

Room Tip: Bring binoculars and a great camera! All of the rooms had excellent views.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I just finished 5 days and 4 nights at the breathtaking Kichwa Tembo resort in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. We were there from July 17-21, 2014. The trip was absolutely out of this world and I would recommend this hotel and destination to anyone looking to do safari in Kenya.

Tour operator: We booked our safari through an Irish company called Mahlatini Luxury Travel and they went above and beyond our expectations. As Canadians, we didn't know much about this company, but their customer service was second to none. Our booking agent was Claire and she was fabulous. She answered all of our questions as this was our first safari, and when she wasn't in the office, there was always another member of the Mahlatini team answering all of our questions prior to departure. We will definitely be using this company again for future vacations.

Resort: The Kichwa Tembo resort has just completed a massive renovation and the facility is truly spectacular. They only re-opened 3 weeks ago and everything looks amazing. We stayed in a lovely tent overlooking the Masai Mara plains and awoke each morning to a beautiful sunrise. They have an infinity pool overlooking the plains that you can relax by after you get back from your game drive and the grounds are spotless.

Staff: The Masai people that have been hired by &Beyond to work at Kichwa Tembo have been great hosts and are some of the most generous people I have ever met. I don't usually name drop, but I feel I have to make mention of a few individuals who made these last 5 days truly unforgettable.

Wilson (Ondari) was our safari guide and was incredible. His work ethic is amazing and put in extra long hours so we could see as much wildlife as possible. Whenever myself and the other guests had given up hope on finding a specific animal, he never gave up and that perseverance led us to find many animals that others groups were unable to find.
These are just a few of the animals we were able to see in late July: elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamus, water buffalo, hyenas, jackals, zebras, wildebeests and countless others. On one day, we were able to see the Great Migration crossing the Masai River (wildebeests and zebras) on three different occasions, at three different locations. INCREDIBLE!!! This is just one of many examples on how Wilson went above and beyond as many guests don't get the opportunity to see a single crossing throughout there time here. I did hear from many other guests however that there guides were amazing as well, but Wilson truly made our time in Kenya simply amazing.

Yaleal was our personal butler and took care of our every need. The customer service was off the charts and he gave great insight to our group about the Masai culture and their many traditions throughout our many discussions around the dinner table.

Jackson was our caretaker and took care off all of our needs. John and Gibson led us on our walking safari (which I highly recommend) into the Masai Mara and were both very kind and knowledgable about the surrounding ecosystems and wildlife. Steven was our bartender and took care off all our needs when we needed to relax after a long days drive.

I couldn't finish this review without thanking our new Irish friends, Sean and Suzanne, whom we we fortunate enough to spend our amazing 4 days with. Thank you for letting us share in your amazing honeymoon experience as our vacation would have not been the same without your kindness and laughter. Best wishes to the both of you in the future and hopefully our paths will cross again on another amazing adventure.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After a scenic flight in eagle territory and a brief stopover at Mara North Airport we arrived at the private Kichwa Tembo Airport. At about a mile from the strip, the brand new camp was remotely visible across the lush plains separating the two. Just during this initial brief encounter we were already able to spot the plentifull wildlife grazing these plains. This treat to antelope, buffalo, eland, giraffes, warthogs and zebra was followed by a twenty-minute scenic ride to the camp during which our wonderful first impression was topped by a close encounter with a herd of about twenty elephants.

Full of amazement we arrived at the recently rebuilt camp where we were welcomed warmly with a drink and cold towels by an extremely hospitable and friendly staff. After a brief checkin into this five star camp we were accompanied to our tents where once again our jaws dropped to the floor of the beautifully designed and decorated interior. A warm mix of modern and safari and an amazing view of the plains mention earlier from the bed-, bath- and restroom finished our marvelous first impression completely. Just amazing, and we had only been there one hour. After a little relaxing on the comfortable loungebed on the covered terrace we moved to the, once again beautifully designed and decorated, restaurant for a delicious lunch, including fresh vegetables from their own garden. This was followed by an afternoon nap by the poolside with again a beautifull view of the plains.

I could go on and on, but me and my well-traveled travel partner agreed on all the impressions we received. A beautifully designed, decorated and layed-out camp, hosted by a truly professional, hospitable and friendly staff, including the safari-guides, cooks, guards and groundsmen. For those in need to remain connected, wifi all-over and a media room with a big flatscreen. Upon inquiry this camp also proved to be children friendly. Brand new open safari-trucks also give you excellent views during the outings this camp is all about, a 21st century safari-experience still connected to it's roots!

We will return.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I'm a travel writer who travels a lot. Mostly to amazing places and exceptional properties. Of all the places I've stayed at nothing has come close to andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. I still think of our lovely room steward Nasiti who woke us for our game drive each morning with a silver pot of tea and biscuits, and placed hot water bottles placed at the foot of our bed and left handwritten notes at the evening turndown service. We saw the Big 5 within a day. Dined under the stars by a hippo pond. Had sundowners under an acacia tree at sunset. Took a walking safari and visited a Masai camp. My only hope of finding a trip to match Kichwa Tembo is with another &Beyond safari in Africa or India (so i better start planning). If you are even considering staying here - DO IT. if you'd like more details of my trip visit www.arrivalstravel.com

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: C12 Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #49 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 40
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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 
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