A variety of 2009 travel awards have been announced recently and &Beyond’s Kichwa Tembo in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is racking up the accolades.
Travel + Leisure honored Kichwa Tembo with a World’s Best Award for 2009 and Condé Nast Traveler added the lodge to its Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay.
So what’s special about Kichwa Tembo? It’s located right on the path of the annual Great Migration on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords in the exclusive western Mara. The Migration travels through here from June through October, but the animal viewing is excellent all year long.
Kichwa Tembo actually consists of two distinct camps: the more intimate and upscale Bateleur Camp and Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp.
Bateleur Camp is modeled after the classic safaris of the 20s and 30s. There are two camps of just nine tented suites each, all serviced by personal butlers. Private decks overlook the sweeping Masai Mara plains.
Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp comprises 40 Hemingway style ensuite safari tents (28 classic safari tents and 12 luxury tents). The camp offers both a forest and a savanna experience with outlooks either across the magnificent grasslands or Sabaringo River. A huge infinity pool with breathtaking views provides not only a refreshing dip but also some of the best game sightings in the Mara.
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