Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp


Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp is located on a private concession leased from Masaai Landlords in the remote north western area of the Masai Mara Reserve.  Kichwa falls in the path of the annual Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra. Views of both savanna and forest are breathtaking and truly give you a spectacular Kenya safari experience.

The Camp:

Experience classic safari style under Canvas with commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20s and 30s.

Two intimate camps of nine tented suites is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  The tented suites have a classic elegance with polished wooden floors and ensuite bathrooms (shower only), overhead fanes and a personal butler service who will ensure every need is catered for. Each tent has its own deck overlooking the vast game-filled plains of the Masai Mara.

Guest areas bring in the vast open spaces, adding a touch of vintage safari elegance. Beautiful antiques adorn the comfortable sitting and indoor and outdoor dining areas, transporting guests to the heyday of classic safaris. The warm glow of torches and candles welcomes you home from your evening drive. The Camps also feature deep refreshing lap pools. Delicious Pan African meals are served in memorable settings under the stars, followed by fireside port and cigars.

Activities and Wildlife:

Explore the Masai Mara in an open 4×4 safari vehicle on early morning and late afternoon / early evening game drives. An expert guide will share his knowledge of the surroundings and the local wildlife.

When the Great Migration moves through the Kichwa Tembo area guests can choose to enjoy full day game drive among the massed herds. A picnic lunch among hundreds of thousands of wildebeest is a never to be forgotten experience.

You can also enjoy a leisurely walk within the camp grounds, taking in the sights and sounds of the African bush and not forgetting to watch out for the resident warthog! A longer excursion to admire the panoramic views along the Oloololo escarpment or on the lush banks of the Mara River in the company of an armed guide can be arranged (Bateleur Camp only)

Lectures on Maasai culture and sundowners offering spectacular views across the Mara can also be arranged (rate included for Bateleur Camp). Maasai community visits and hot air ballooning are available at an additional cost. As Kichwa Tembo is in a private concession, night game drives can be arranged for a minimum of two guests. This thrilling experience allows guests a glimpse of the nocturnal world of the predators and provides sightings of animals that are not normally encountered in daylight. A minimum of six guests can be hosted for a bush breakfast or dinner on the banks of the Mara River or the slopes of the Oloololo escarpment (included at Bateleur Camp only).

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 rare black rhino are most frequently encountered in the Ngama Hills in the eastern Mara. The Mara hosts a large elephant population, which has had a significant impact on the reserve. The Mara River is famous for its enormous crocodiles, with massive hippo frequently spotted in the water during the day or feeding out on the plains at night. The dense riverine forest around the Kichwa Tembo camps is home to two unusual monkey species – the blue monkey and the redtail monkey, with their striking facial patterns.

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