- 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.
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!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018