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Kichwa Tembo Main Camp

Maasai Mara, Kenya

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.

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

Wildlife, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Look out for the warthogs that prowl the lawns, they are brilliant characters and almost tame!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Relax by the pool which looks out over the endless plains of the Maasai Mara

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kichwa Tembo Main Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya


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.

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.

When to go

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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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kichwa Tembo Main Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

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