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Meet The Iconic AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented CampWednesday 2 August 2017
Meet The Iconic AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp – One of the most coveted hotels is also one of the most luxury hotels in the entire world. Infused with the aura of timeless African safaris, the iconic andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp was completely redesigned in 2014 to further enhance its signature elements of romance and nostalgia, as well as to celebrate its panoramic views of the game-filled Mara plains.
As guests arrive at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo, they are instantly welcomed by the breathtaking view. The spacious guest areas incorporate split-level spaces where guests can relax and unwind even during peak season. The large windows invite the Mara inside, making it feel like part of the guest area. Guests can escape to the massage room to indulge in a relaxing treatment or browse the redesigned Safari Shop, which offers the finest Kenyan handicrafts. The rim-flow swimming pool, literally on the edge of the Mara, still provides one of the world’s most extraordinary views.
With a strong emphasis on guest privacy, the new camp layout maximises the endless views ensuring that each tented suite enjoys its own private Mara experience. The 12 luxury tents preserve the views they have always enjoyed, while 16 of the 28 superior tents, overlook the Mara with vistas as far as the eye can see.
The Camp has three family suites of two interconnecting tents that are ideal for people travelling with children or small groups on safari together. Guests can opt to keep the passageway adjoining the two tents open or closed, meaning that children can get to and from their parent’s tent easily without going outside. As part of andBeyond’s WILDchild programme, younger guests experience fascinating animal encounters and, under guidance, are encouraged to explore their surroundings, getting to touch, taste and interact with a captivating new world.
For years, the ever-popular “garden to table” lunch experience allows guests to select ingredients for their lunch directly from the lodge’s shamba (vegetable garden). The flourishing shamba is now situated in an al fresco courtyard near the guest dining area and guests are invited to browse the rows of fresh vegetables and select whatever suits their taste buds. Chef George and his team will then take those vegetables to the interactive kitchen area and whip up a healthy, hearty and delicious lunch. This is just one of the many memorable and unique guest experiences that make andBeyond Kichwa Tembo truly different.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to a vast amount of resident wildlife, as well as the annual Great Migration between July and October. It is also possible to enjoy interpretive nature walks and exhilarating night game drives. andBeyond’s sensitive off-road driving practices allow for up-close wildlife interactions.
In conclusion, the design and décor are the result of a collaborative effort between three teams. Nicholas Plewman Architects and Michaelis Boyd Associates were responsible for the architecture, while FoxBrowne Creative ensured andBeyond’s warm brand is reflected in the interior décor.
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