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Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

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Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp seems to have a very good and central location, but when doing game drives from the camp, which part of the Masai Mara is included in the price for game drives? Is it the Narok side of Masai Mara, the Mara Triangle or the Mara North Conservancy?

Are nature walks and night drives from the camp permitted? Any experiences?

Thanks in advance!

Annika & Peter

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1. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Hi

you haven't had any replies so i thought i would contribute.

its been a few years since we were there but we can't speak highly enough. The camp and its surrounding area is simply stunning. Really high standards and the tents are like no other tent i've been in.

The camp is just outside of the national park so make sure your park fees are included in your price.

There were escorted nature walks and night drives offered at an additional price - wish we had taken them up on it whilst there.

i can't help you with which part of the mara we were in - all i know is that you start early in the morning, they take breakfast out with you - there is no experience like it sat at the side of the mara eating fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, bacon sandwiches and muffins with hot coffee/hot chocolate and fresh orange juice whilst the hyena's were on the opposite bank, the croc's and hippo's were at the bottom of the steep bank that you were sat on - we had breakfast - saw a hippo out of the water during the day (rare) and drove not 100 yards to find a lion sheltering from the sun under a tree. You can't beat it.

Sorry - got carried away. to us it made no difference which part of the park we were in - we saw black rhino, lion, cheetah, water buffalo, baboons, elephants, giraffe, vultures, zebra, gazelle, antilopes, snakes etc etc ect - four out of the big five - just missed the leopard by minutes.....

even saw a kill,

by the way all of this was out of season - we were there in March.

the food was 5 star the staff were great i can't recommend it enough. you won't regret going.

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2. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

As I recall, Kichwa Tembo does their game drives in the Triangle portion of the Reserve, which is great. Not likely they head over to the Narok side (east) or even to the Mara North, unless requested and then you'd have to pay additional fees (anywhere from $60-$100 day).

As you have shared game drives at the camp, unless others want to go it's not likely they'll venture out, using a guide/vehicle just for you unless you pay for 'exclusive use' (a few hundred $$s for the day) and you'll still have to pay additional park/conservancy fees.

Bush walks and night game drives can be arranged direct with the camp for additional fees.

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I was at KT a little over a year ago. We left KT and entered the Mara Triangle through the Oloololo Gate for all game drives. We stayed west of the area where the Governors' camps are and sometimes roamed to the south, not far from the Serena. I had outstanding guiding and thoroughly enjoyed my stay there---wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend (other than the fencing which likely would bother purists).

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4. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Thank you linksmanmissy, 4sandi & steveb108 for all your replies! That is really helpful & KT definitly sounds like a lovely camp!

We`re planning to return to the Masai Mara once again on safari (have stayed at Fig Tree Camp in Dec2005 & Mara Serena in March2011) and this time, Kichwa Tembo is very high on our accomodation-wish-list!

A few more questions: Do all tents (both standard and deluxe) have great views of the plains? What kind of smaller animals are we likely to encounter inside the campgrounds at Kichwa Tembo - any resident mongooses, hyraxes or rare red-tailed monkeys? Good place for birdwatching?

Thanks again!

Annika & Peter

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Annika & Peter,

Won't go wrong with KT , it is the grand "old lady" of safari. been there recently and they have maintained high standards. Granted their tents may not have the "chic" of the new bush luxury camps but they have an something special. My only discomfort is that the make camp fires at night which burns a lot of wood which can't be environmentally friendly.

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A & P, the best positioned tents are the 'classic' tents arranged along the edge of the forest facing a wide lawn and the plains beyond (don't know their numbers). The 'luxury' tents are quite a distance from the central area and, accordingly, a bit more private and quiet.

I had a luxury tent, which costs about $100/person/night extra, but it was worth it to me to have electricity for charging my electronic gear without having to walk to the camp's charging station. (I toured the standard tents and would have no problem staying in one---they looked very good to me.) The luxury tent was well-furnished, again typical of the great way &Beyond furnishes some other of their lodges. And finding a hot water bottle in bed when returning from dinner was a nice touch. My tent was #39 and required a bit of a walk but the walk was good for some exercise. From my tent I faced right out to a fence, and beyond that there was a bit of a rise in the land, so I didn't see plains. But beyond the fence were zebra, buffalo, giraffe.

Inside you'll likely see warthogs, which seem to enjoy watching visitors eating no matter what camp you go to. I didn't see any red-tailed monkeys but did see blue monkey. Regarding birding, I don't recall seeing anything special within the camp, but just outside the camp I did get some pics of birds I'd hadn't seen before (e.g., Purple Grenadier, Pygmy Kingfisher). Of course, if they were just outside the camp, they could have just as likely been within---just how you hit it, I guess.

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I'm pretty familiar with Kichwa. Celebrating my 10th straight year this September - so obviously I feel they are doing something right :>) You safari in the Mara Triangle area and can take all day to cover it. We usually concentrate on certain areas one day and other areas the next drive. You do have to pay separate Park/Reserve fees while visiting Narok side and Mara North. Nature walks and night drives are extra. They do have a person that does daily talks out on the lawn every day. He is Maasai and he tells about their culture and you can ask many questions. Copper tail and blue monkeys, hyrax's are around, plus Kichwa's lawn mowers - the warthogs. If you are lucky you will see some piglets and they are a hoot to watch. Classic tent numbers are 1 thru 20 - 1 being nearest the bar/resturant/reception. I prefer 4-7 as they offer a wonderful view of the plains in back of the Camp where you can see all sorts of animals and if you are in camp around 5:30p or so you can usually catch large groups of ellies returning to the forrest or heading back up the escarpment. There are birds in and around the camp. This past Sept we were treated to daily viewing of two black and white casqued hornbills. They are beautiful and make such an impressive sound flying around the grounds. Kichwa has 'Star' birds and one of my favorite is the Ross's turaco - have only seen a glimse tho :<( The only other places I have stayed at in the Mara Triangle is the Serena - and in the North - the Fairmont. I will continue to stay at KT-- the folks there have become my friends and I couldn't think of staying anywhere else.

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8. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Thank you EuroSafariX, Steveb108 b& Maraluvr for your helpful replies, suggestions and all the great infos! Kichwa Tembo just keeps sounding better and better to us & we`re already keeping our fingers crossed that we can stay there for a couple of days during our next safari! :)

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9. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Oh, one more question. We would also be interested in doing a Balloon Flight next time. Can this be arranged from Kichwa Tembo, which company do they use and is the starting point for the flight far away from the camp? Mara Triangle?

Thanks again!

Annika & Peter

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10. Re: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - questions!

Skyship Company can pick you up from KT. I think they're about 10 minutes away. I think, though, maybe an email to Bbeyond would be good to see who they recommend.