Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Nairobi & Surround, Kenya

On Request

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Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp’s safari interiors illuminated by soft lantern light open up onto majestic African landscapes of the Masai Mara.


We Love
  • On the foothills of the scenic Oloololo escarpment, the rim of the Great Rift Valley with beathtaking views over the Masai Mara
  • Seasonal views of the Great Migration, including river crossing
  • Situated in a private concession therefore able to do bush walks and night drives
  • A swimming pool with some of the best views in the Mara
Need to Know
  • There are 28 classic tens and 12 luxury tents and a swimming pool
  • Even though the camp is fenced off, we request that guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Guests are accompanied by staff when walking around the camp at night.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
  • The Camp’s classic tents will be closed from 15 October 2013 to 01 July 2014.

The Review

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara or the Sabaringo River. Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose up views of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality.

Why Stay
Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife. Forty spacious tents, twelve of them luxury suites, are laid out in immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors.

Each suite offers an ensuite bathroom with stone shower, flagstone floors, soft lighting and separate w.c. in the luxury tents. Spacious private verandas provide views of the open grasslands or the wooded river banks and the passing wildlife (luxury tents only). Hammocks strung around the gracious swimming pool invite you for an afternoon nap.

Blessed with an astounding year-round concentration of animals and site of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. With abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise. Leopard are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find shelter in dense thickets and rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The reserve is also home to over 450 bird species.

As dawn breaks over the Masai Mara, tea is served. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see before setting out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. If the Great Migration is passing through the area, your guide will attempt to catch up with it and spend some time in the midst of the massed herds. Hot drink and snacks are carried.

Return to the Camp for hot breakfast, followed by a quick siesta before lunch. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the Camp's pool before late afternoon game drive. Return to the camp for dinner served under African skies. Then relax around a roaring fire.

Getting There

Most major airlines fly to Kenya and Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is the main point of arrival for most visitors. Mombasa's Moi International Airport (MBA), on the coast is mostly used by charter flights from Europe aiming for a beach destination. Flight availability and prices are highly seasonal. Conveniently for Europeans, the cheapest fares usually coincide with the European summer holidays, from June to September.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Nairobi & Surround, Kenya

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve
Known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp boasts 28 classic tents and 12 luxury tents with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas that afford views over either the magnificent grasslands or the shady Sabaringo River. The generously sized swimming pool is set among the trees and surrounded by lush lawns and spectacular views.

Rating                                Classic Camp
Type                                  Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                          40 (28 classic and 12 luxury)
Max Occupants                    80 guests
Occupancy/Tent                   2 (children 16 years and younger in classic tents only)
Interests                             Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                              Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                        Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. A 220v plugs are available/multi nation. Multi-plugs available are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US Dollars,
    British Sterling), Visa and MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     2:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night


Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. It shares a border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is essentially a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

The Masai Mara Nature Reserve is home to a vast number of resident wildlife, as well as home to the annual Great Migration. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Leopard and serval are frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets. The Mara River is also famed for its enormous crocodiles, which lay in wait for the wildebeest and zebra during the migration, when more than two million wildebeest and zebra move in search of prime grazing land.    

The small and compact Thomson’s gazelle follows the herds in their quest for life-giving water and grazing. Lion, and hyena, as well as the more elusive cheetah and leopard, mingle with the migrating masses, while vulture and jackal await the scraps of the more powerful predators. The Mara is famous for its magnificent, black-maned lion and guests stand a good chance of viewing these powerful animals. Up to six species of vulture are found in the Mara and one or more of them may often be seen on the sidelines of a lion kill.  

When to go

The Masai Mara experiences warm to hot summers from December to March and cool winters from July to September. Night-time temperatures can be cold throughout the year due to the altitude. Rain is generally experience from April to May and again in November. BEST TIME TO TRAVEL Year-round

Summer: 28˚C / 80˚F to 32˚C / 92°F
Winter: 12˚C/52˚F to 12˚C / 75˚F

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Travellers cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
Bateleur Camp is situated in a low-risk malaria area
Nationals from Commonwealth countries (including Canada and the UK) do not need a visa. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days. If your plans include crossing over to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the Serengeti, then you'll need a visa to enter Tanzania.

All other nationals can apply for a visa at the Kenya High Commission

    Consular office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 12.30.
    Visa processing takes two days (Except referral and multiple visas).
    There are no expedited services for referral and multiple visas.

Getting There

Most major airlines fly to Kenya and Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is the main point of arrival for most visitors. Mombasa's Moi International Airport (MBA), on the coast is mostly used by charter flights from Europe aiming for a beach destination. Flight availability and prices are highly seasonal. Conveniently for Europeans, the cheapest fares usually coincide with the European summer holidays, from June to September.

Air Kenya and Safari Link operate two scheduled flights a day from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip; the flights take approximately an hour.

    Mombasa Air operates daily flights from Mombasa; the flights take approximately two hours
    The flight is followed by a 30-minute drive to the camp, with game viewing en route

Kichwa Tembo Airstrip    
Coordinates:          S 01˚16’    E 35˚02’
GPS Coordinates    S 19˚27.268’    E 023˚18.027’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round