Immortalised through famous tales of olden day safaris, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the richest and most diverse wildlife areas in the world. Known as the ‘spotted land’ to the Maasai, the reserve is home to a vast number of resident wildlife, as well as part of the annual phenomenon of the Great Migration. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah in the Mara. 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 excitement and drama of the migration. Six species of primates and over 450 birds add to the Mara’s incredible natural diversity.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is part of a huge conservation area that also includes the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in neighbouring Tanzania. With no fences or man-made barriers, wildlife can move freely throughout this area, constantly recreating an ageless natural cycle.
Located on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords in the western Mara, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of the Great Migration.
Luxury Hotel Accommodation
Located on a private concession, Kichwa Tembo boasts two exquisite camps. Epitomising the classic safari, Bateleur Camp is a romantic, intimate tented camp complete with private butler service. Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp offers a forest and savanna experience, with elegant safari tents that overlook the Sabaringo River and vast stretches of Mara grassland.
&BEYOND BATELEUR CAMP MASAI MARA
Set among the forests on the edge of the Masai Mara, the elegant tents, with their own private butlers, reflect the style and glamour of vintage Africa. Slip into a world of polished silver and sparkling crystal juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains, with their abundant herds of wildlife.
Two intimate camps each with just nine spacious tents with shingle roof, wooden doors and a private deck. Each tent is luxuriously furnished with gleaming wooden floors and wood-framed beds, overhead fan, twin hand basins, shower, private w.c, cupboards, leather chairs and writing table.
The main guest areas, shaded by a dense forest canopy, consist of a sitting area with fireplaces and verandas with views of the endless game-filled Mara plains. Beautifully hand-crafted artefacts, fine antiques, leather buttoned Chesterfield sofas, books, crystal and candlelight will transport guests back to the heyday of the romantic classic safari. A unique feature is the treeshaded lap pool with a view of the Mara. Guests are welcome to visit the Safari Shop at Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp.
Morning and afternoon game-drives in open game viewing vehicles. Night game drives on the camp’s concession, guided nature walks with a Maasai naturalist, Maasai community visits and lectures, sundowners at a location offering spectacular views across the Mara. Hot air ballooning at an additional cost.
Air Kenya and Safari Link operates two scheduled flights a day from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo’s private airstrip. The flights take approximately one hour. Mombasa Air operates daily flights from Mombasa. The flight takes approximately two hours. The lodge collects guests from and returns them to the airstrip, which takes 30 minutes.