&Beyond 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.
Steeped in the aura of classical safari, the recently refurbished &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp boasts 12 classic tents and 28 superior tents, all of which give out onto magnificent views over the open grasslands or the shady forest surrounding the Sabaringo River. The superior tents feature beautiful Maasai-inspired interiors that showcase a simple and contemporary use of local materials. Oversized beds are perfectly positioned to make the most of the views, while stained cypress wood furniture combine with tribal decorative elements. The generously sized swimming pool is set among the trees and surrounded by lush lawns and spectacular views.
Opening up onto incredible Masai Mara views, the guest areas feature cosy split-level spaces decorated in a palette of stone and taupe. Celebrating the romance and nostalgia of the Mara, a double-storey bar and lounge area feature oversized windows with spectacular panoramas. The split-level dining area has been designed around an interactive kitchen and vegetable garden, making food an integral part of the safari experience.
Blessed with an astounding year-round concentration of animals and site of the Great Migration for a few months every year, the Masai Mara National Reserve provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. Known as the “spotted land” to the Maasai, it is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and rolling hills dotted with shukka-draped Maasai. The reserve is a photographer’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopard are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find sanctuary in dense thickets and the Mara River is home to large rafts of hippo and some of Africa’s largest crocodiles. Six species of primates and over 450 types of birds add to the Mara’s incredible natural diversity. The Masai Mara is part of a huge conservation area that also includes the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in neighbouring Tanzania.
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp is located on a private concession in the western Masai Mara and is leased from Maasai landlords.
Air Kenya and Safari Link operate two scheduled flights a day from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. The flights take approximately one hour. Mombasa Air operates two-hour daily flights from Mombasa. Guests are warmly welcomed at the airstrip and driven to the camp.
Weather & climate
The Masai Mara enjoys a temperate climate, with average temperatures of 26°C during the day and 12°C during the night. Rainfall is predominantly in April, May and November.
The currency is the Kenyan shilling. Foreign currencies such as the US dollar are widely accepted. It is difficult to exchange South African rand, so it is a good idea to obtain your foreign exchange in advance. Please note that dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as the illegal processing of bills was rife in East Africa during that time.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels, but proof of identity may be requested.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders travelling to Kenya do not require a visa if they are planning to stay in the country for 30 days or less.
Travellers to Kenya must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.