Kichwa Tembo Main Camp
Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Relax in the swimming pool and look out over the expansive plains
Have a massage in your tent after the morning game drive
Dinner under the African sky
Resident warthog wander through camp
Relax in one of the many hammocks in the grounds of the camp
Explore the Maasai Mara on a game drive
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Kichwa Tembo is an oasis of 40 Hemingway-style tents shaded by dense forest canopy. Each tent has a private deck with views of the greatest grassland system on earth, the Maasai Mara. Kichwa Tembo has 12 luxury tents and 28 superior tents.
Kichwa Tembo camp is found on the edge of the north western Maasai Mara and is found in the forest just below the spot where a famous scene from Out of Africa was filmed. This setting was also chosen to illustrate the motion picture’s poster. In each safari tent there is an en-suite bathroom with shower, stone floors and soft lighting. Each tent stands at least eight meters away from the next, ensuring absolute seclusion and it is lovely to be able to sit on the terrace of your tent and see what game wanders past.
Kichwa Tented Camp has a lovely swimming pool, with views out over the endless plains and is the perfect place to cool off in the middle of the day. There are also lots of hammocks strung up between trees in the grounds, perfect to relax in.
Children are warmly welcomed at the camp and activities depend entirely on the age of the children and may include the following: family game-drives (at the discretion of the lodge manager and subject to availability), special one-hour children's bush walks within the camp perimeter and Planet Manager activity books. Special programs can be compiled such as tracking for children, fishing, frog safaris and birding.
Kichwa Tembo camp has 40 very comfortable tented rooms. There are 12 luxury tents, and 28 of the superior tents. All the tents are classically appointed and of high comfort to give you an excellent night's sleep. The tents have views of the surrounding area so much so that you may find animals just meters away from you - a thrilling experience. The luxury tents are set in the forest and are traditional in style, with canvas walls and stone bathrooms. The superior tents are set either on stilts or right on the edge of the savannah (these Mara view tents have an additional premium attached) and are spacious and modern in their design, with beautiful decks and lots of thoughtful comforts to keep you comfortable. We highly recommend the superior tents which offer a really luxurious base for your safari.
Children over 8 years are very welcome at the camp and can partake in game drives at the guide’s discretion. Meals can be tailored to suit children's tastes and meal times can altered to suit their routine. There are also three family units.
Kichwa Tembo has a large swimming pool with lovely views over the vast Maasai Mara plains, a dip in here will be most tempting as a way to refresh from the heat of the African sun. There is also a well stocked curio shop on site. If you feel like indulging in a bit of pampering, the camp also offers in room massages to guests.
There are a number of activities that you can partake in during your stay - you can be as active or as relaxed as you would like to be. Bird watching, game drives and walking safaris are included in the cost. Cultural village tours, massages, and hot air ballooning can also be arranged for guests at an additional cost.
Natural habitat: Peering over the Masai Mara, this contemporary-design camp has views, privacy and warthogs a go-go. The new lodge is fresh but chic - think OKA on safari.
Nocturnal activity: A hippo-sized bed, loo with a view - and your own butler. This is not a normal tent.
Grrr factor: Lion, cheetah and rhino - they're all here, popping up like clockwork. Come in autumn to see two million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park, across the Mara River, to the Masai Mara.
Distinctive markings: Hot chocolate in bed, followed by gliding above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, makes getting up at 5am bearable.
Grazing: Pick fresh limes and avocados from chef George's garden, or just turn up for his buffets of guacamole, baba ghannouj and lamb tagine.
Leader of the pack: With Joseph as your guide, you could stay out in the bush all day. Make time for an Africology massage by the river: the sound of thundering water helps you forget about the crocodiles.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Kichwa Tembo is one of the largest properties we sell in the Mara but works brilliantly for families or those on more of a budget. It is run by a fantastic company who have properties all over Africa, so you are almost guaranteed to be looked after really well with great guides and vehicles - things that can go so vastly wrong in other larger properties in the Maasai Mara. You just do not get the intimacy other smaller tented camps offer. I would definitely go for the luxury rooms as they are lovely and are very similar to the Bateleur tents next door at a much more affordable price!
The main pool is absolutely ideal for children wanting to jump in and let off some steam during the day. They also have other activities suitable for smaller children which works well.
When I went to Kichwa Tembo, I really thought due to the larger size I was going to dislike it, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised and really works for families in particular.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp nestles below the Oloololo Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, affording spectacular views of the Masai Mara’s game-filled plains.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute trip by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 1-hour flights operate from Nairobi’s Wilson airport on a daily basis, to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. From the airstrip it's then a 30-minute game drive to the camp.