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The unfenced Masai Mara covers 1 500km² and, together with the neighbouring Serengeti (combined, they form one ecosystem), is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth. The great migration of over two million wildebeest and other grazing ungulates every year is the Mara’s foremost attraction and one of the greatest spectacles in the animal kingdom. Each year, far south in the vast Serengeti, the wildebeest raise their heads, sniff the air, and as if of one accord, start the long trek to the Kenyan border. An endless thunder of wildebeest and zebra enter the Mara around the end of July, drawn by the sweet grass. Add to this the richness of fauna, profusion of winged beauty and untouched landscape, and you have magical Masai Mara.

ABOUT THIS ESTABLISHMENT

Location
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is situated on the border of the Masai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya. Set on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords, the camp lies at the base of the Oloololo escarpment and is fringed by riverine forest just below the spot where “Out of Africa’s” most famous scene was shot. The camp faces out onto the plains of the Masai Mara and lies directly in the path of what is considered to be the greatest spectacle in the animal kingdom, the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. The migration is not predictable but usually arrives during June and departs in October.

Accommodation
40 twin-bedded safari tents with en suite bathroom, two twin-bedded thatched rondavels with en suite bathroom. The tents are spacious and have a shower, hand basin, w.c, dressing table and wardrobe. Each tent has a flysheet roof and zip-up front entrance and windows.

Facilities
Main guest area includes a reception, bar/lounge and indoor/outdoor dining area, all of which overlook endless, game-filled plains and are shaded by a dense forest canopy, with the Oloololo Escarpment in the background. There is a swimming pool set amongst trees and surrounded by lawns. A curio shop is situated close to reception. An electric fence surrounds the camp.

Activities
Morning and afternoon game drives in open topped vehicles, bird watching and daily lectures by a Maasai naturalist. Optional excursions at an additional cost include night game drives on the lodge’s private concession, guided walking trails up and along the Oloololo escarpment, a Maasai community visit, sundowners at a location with spectacular views across the Mara and hot air ballooning

Access
Air Kenya operates two scheduled flights a day from Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. The flight takes approximately one hour. The lodge collects guests from and returns them to the airstrip, which takes 30 minutes

Airstrip
Kichwa Tembo airstrip is registered.
Coordinates: S 01.16.00 and E35.02.00
This compact murram airstrip is in good condition and the length is 1200 m.
It is recommended for Cessna 206, Cessna 404, Caravan, Twin Otter, King Air and Dash seven.

Power
220v AC current is available during certain hours in all the tents. Adapters/converters can be supplied on request.

Children
Children are welcome. Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives. Child minders can be booked at an additional cost. Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game drives at lodge manager’s discretion. Should parents wish to be close to their children, the rondavels are recommended for family accommodation. An extra bed can be arranged for a child sharing its parents’ tent. No more than three triple tents at any one time. Three adults sharing a tent are not possible.

Unique selling points

Location on western border of Masai Mara
Oloololo Escarpment of Great Rift Valley forms a dramatic backdrop
Sweeping views over greatest grassland system on earth
Witness the migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores – June to October – including Mara River crossing
Mara River crocodiles, huge herds of elephant, black-maned Mara lions and red- tailed monkey
Home grown organic vegetables from the camp’s very own Shamba (vegetable garden)
Nature walks with resident Maasai naturalists (optional extra)
Maasai cultural village visits (optional extra)
Night game drives on private concession (optional extra)
Hot-air ballooning at nearby location (optional extra)
Pan-African cuisine often served in the bush – both breakfast and dinner (optional extra)
Sundowners on rim of Great Rift Valley (optional extra)

DAY 1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP, 4*)

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On your arrival at the Masai Mara Game Reserve airstrip after a 2-hour flight, 4×4-landcruiser will pick you to the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Lunch will follow then after a rest an afternoon game drive until in the evening. In the evening, entertainment of Masai dance and talks on Masai culture will follow in the lounge (on specific days), dinner and overnight.

DAY 2. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP, 4*)

Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast then mid-morning game drive until time for lunch.

In the afternoon game drive another game drive until in the evening. Entertainment of Masai dance and talks on Masai culture will follow in the lounge (on specific days) the dinner and overnight.

DAY 3. FLY BACK TO KENYA COAST

Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast then another game drive until time for lunch.

After transfer to the airstrip for flight to Kenya coast arriving at about 16.00 hours then transfer to your hotel.

End of the safari.

When safari is starting from Mombasa and returning to Mombasa
Price per person sharing is USD 1,458.00
Child sharing with 2 adults pays 75%
Single room is USD 120.00

When safari is starting from Nairobi and returning to Nairobi
Price per person sharing is USD 1,398.00
Child sharing with 2 adults pays 75%
Single room is USD.00

What is included:

Return flights to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Full board accommodation
All park fees,
Game drives in a 4×4-land cruiser
Transfers to the airstrip in Masai Mara Game Reserve and return to hotel
All our transport has insurance plus we would offer rescue and evacuation by air and road within East Africa Only
The rescue and evacuation by air and road is for all Top Africa Safaris ltd clients. The cover does not include in hospital bills overseas cover. The cover is only for residents and non-residents. For detailed information please log on to http://www.ersafari.com It gives you the complete solution to the traditional procurement of the tourist cover

What is not included?

Drinks
Tips for the service
Yellow fever vaccination
Visa
Things of personal use

EASTER SURCHARGE AND CHRISTMAS SURCHARGE
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January.

The supplement would be confirmed at the time of booking for clarity reasons.

 

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PLEASE YOU ARE ADVISED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND COMFORT TO CARRY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS.
All weather firm shoe pair, short and dress to use during the day, trouser for use in the evenings with long sleeved shirt, sweater or jacket, hat, swimming costume, sunglass, camera, binocular, sun protection cream and insect repellent spray or cream.