- Mid-sized Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Great service
- Family friendly
Kichwa Tembo has a very strong reputation in Kenya, and albeit self-penned, its claim to be the best loved safari camp in Kenya is probably not far wrong. Given its comparative size, it can't compare for intimacy with the high end smaller camps in the Mara, the combination of setting, swimming pool and service elevate Kichwa Tembo to a fantastic all round choice.
There are 28 classic tents and 12 luxury tents all with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas that with views over the grasslands or the Sabaringo River. The decent sized swimming pool is set among the trees and surrounded by lawns and spectacular views. Shaded by a dense forest canopy, guest areas include a cosy bar and spacious dining room, as well as a well-stocked Safari Shop, all of which overlook the plains of the Masai Mara, with the Oloololo Escarpment in the background.
Kichwa Tembo is located in a small private conservancy to the North of the Masai Mara reserve (just outside the main reserve). Being in the North of the park, it is conveniently located for access to the key river crossing and migration routes and avoids the excesses of the most touristed areas of the reserve.
Kichwa Tembo is a very good option for families who are keen to have the benefit of a swimming pool between game drives. The atmosphere is welcoming for families, and the location means not too much driving to the main wildlife spots. Children aged six to twelve are permitted on game drives (at the lodge manager’s discretion, i.e. they need to be reasonably well behaved for safety reasons) and at the discretion of management, families are usually accommodated in their own safari vehicle. There are three family suites in camp and some of the other tents can be adapted to triples.
Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.
verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014