i was wondering is this camp inside the masai mara
i was wondering is this camp inside the masai mara
Kichwa Tembo is immediately outside the Mara Triangle -Oloololo (sp) gate - to the West. They have both their regular lovely tents and some luxury tents.
If looking for a camp inside the Mara, consider Governor's Camps (Main, Little or Il Moran) all three on the northwestern part of the Triangle.
On the east of the Triangle, you'll find Intrepid's, Explorer, Rekero, Naibor or Entim, to name a few.
All of the above are different sizes (# of tents) and budgets.
Hi returned from Kenya yesterday, we stayed for 3 days at Kitchwa and it is just outside the Mara however in the grounds are Warthogs with small babies who are very entertaining. The camp is very professionally run but the staff are great fun too. Saw a leopard and a Mother & baby black Rhino on our first evening game drive and 3 Cheetahs on the second drive and on the next 2 days took breakfast with us which we ate on the banks of the Mara watching the Hippos, Fabulous. Would highly reccomend.
I've stayed at KTembo. We lived in Nairobi and had friends visiting so decided to take them on safari in our 4x4 pick up. We went to Lake Vic. and then drove to Homa Bay which was horrendous as the rains had started. The road was impassable other than 4 wheel drive so we ended up with truck loads of people getting them from A-B.
We had planned on staying in a nice hotel but when we arrived in Homa Bay the hotel had shut down. The only other place we could stay was the Hippo Buck hotel. A very local type of hotel there for truckies and travellers. A little rough round the edges but just what we needed after a hard, long drive. We had a few tuskers and some roast goat with githeri, kachumbari and potatoes.
We had no idea what was to come.
The next morning we got an early start to go over the Oloololo escarpment into the Masai Mara. First of all we couldn't find the road, it was all scrub with acacia. We asked a passing Masai which way to go and he just pointed his spear into the bush. We bit the bullet and drove, and drove, and drove. The road eventually became apparent but it was so gullied and rough we had problems getting over the boulders. Eventually half a dozen Masai hitched a lift and we breathed a sigh of relief to think we had locals with us showing us the way. At one point we had to get everybody out the car to get over some boulders with only 3 wheels on the road. I was guiding my partner who was driving, left a bit, right a bit etc. and couldn't understand why she was killing herself laughing - behind me the Masai warriors were mimicking me in a very funny way! Eventually, at dusk, we made it to the Mara gate and drove to governors camp. The prices were so high but one of staff members suggested Kichwa Tembo. Our hearts sank because it meant another drive out of the park as the sun was setting.
Anyway, to cut a long story short (hahaha). Kichwa Tembo was super. The views over the park are superb and we sat for hours with our binocs. just watching the movement of animals. Our accommodation was in luxury tents and we enjoyed our early morning tea sat outside watching the sun rise.
When we told our kenyan colleagues which way we had driven into the Mara they thought we were mad - I tend to agree!
Have a great time.
VPS - I feel your pain. Between laughing I was crying. It's a sure lesson for anyone thinking of a self-drive, to re-think it.
As to asking a local (a Masai in your case) walking on the side of the road "how do I get to?" "where is the road to?" - I've learned, in Africa especially, you don't ask anyone walking how to get somewhere a vehicle has to traverse. And, the other side - anyone in a car will have difficulty advising someone on foot or needing public transport.
Thanks for your tale!
Very true indeed. However, we had many, many, great self drive, safari's and many adventures during our 3 years in Kenya. It did help speaking a little Kiswahili and the nice thing is, we always felt safe with the Masai. Some of the areas we drove to were rife with bandits (sometimes dressed as police) and when we got flats on the car, out in the bush, (which was frequent) it was always a relief to have a group of school kids approach us out of curiosity while the two white females changed the wheel!! By the way we worked for VSO, hence the travelling.
Kitchwa Tembo is definitely the place to stay in my opinion! You have access to all the animals you want to see from this camp. I live in Kenya and this is my camp of choice for zillions of reasons, but the best is that you can sit on the verandah of your tent and take in the most breathtaking view of the beautiful planes just laid out before you.........aaahh. Why am I sitting in my office right now???
I can't seem to access your private message can you resend please.
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No it wasn't a message for you it was for 4sandi who sent me a private message but I didn't receive it.
Oh OK, thanks for explaining.....I am relatively new to this and still finding my way round!!!