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Kichwa Tembo

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- Mid-sized Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Great service
- Family friendly

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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.

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  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 27 August 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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