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27 June 2013
Kenya-Upgrade for Kichwa Tembo
&Beyond to upgrade Kichwa Tembo in Masai Mara
&Beyond will invest £17m in its camps and lodges across Africa, the initial phase starts at Kichwa Tembo which according to East Africa Regional director Mark Wheeler will “redefine the classic Kenyan safari”.
Twenty-eight of Kichwa Tempo’s tented suites, as well as shared guest areas, will receive a brand-new look. Guest areas will be designed to easily accommodate large numbers of guests in high season without losing the sense of intimacy in quieter periods, said a statement from &Beyond. “The camp will feature creative spaces for interactive food preparation, including its organic vegetable garden, which will become part of the guest experience.”
Some of the suites will be elevated to make the most of the views of the surrounding private wildlife concession. Some 22 suites will overlook the Mara and six will sit in the forest canopy (with three of these forest suites also overlooking the Mara).
The camp’s bar will also get an added level to allow for better views, while a dedicated open-air boma area will be reserved for participative experiences with the local Maasai people. Other additions include a unique interpretive library and a redesigned safari shop showcasing Kenyan crafts.
While 28 of the camp’s tented suites will be closed until June 30, 2014, 12 luxury tents on the Sabaringo River will remain open throughout the refurbishment, as well Kichwa Tembo’s sister lodge, &Beyond Bateleur Camp. Bookings currently held for Kichwa Tembo will be accommodated at one of these camps during the refurbishment.
The newly redesigned camp will open for guests from July 1, 2014, with a soft opening in late June 2014.