Situated in a private conservation area on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kichwa Tembo is a luxurious tented camp in the Masai Mara where guests get the best of both worlds – enjoying an authentic safari experience, while not lacking for creature comforts.
With its Hemingway tents and rustic buildings crafted from natural materials, the lodge captures the essence of the African bush and has chalked up a bevy of accolades and awards, including being voted one of Africa’s finest safari camps by Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure in 2008. Forty colonial style camps rest in the shade of trees, complete with hurricane lamps, comfortable beds and spacious, seated balconies and modern en-suite bathrooms.
The centrally placed communal dining and bar area is built in the traditional African ‘lapa’ style, with thatched roofs and open sides offering sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness. The cuisine at Kichwa Tembo is superb: lavish buffets offer a myriad of delicious Pan African dishes and organic vegetables grown in the camp garden.
Guests staying at the safari lodge have the opportunity to attend daily lectures on Maasai culture and walking safaris with Maasai guides, who have a formidable knowledge of the region and its wildlife. The ultimate highlight of staying at Kichwa Tembo is the Great Migration, one of nature’s most amazing shows.
Every year, as the southern Serengeti turns hot and arid, roughly a million wildebeest, zebra and other grazers move in sync towards the greener pastures of the Masai Mara north. The region’s game is phenomenal, and morning and evening drives, as well as guided walks and hot air balloon safaris present amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. This is Big Five country!