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.
- 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