expert help needed Masai Mara

Old Jul 1st, 2006, 07:54 AM
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expert help needed Masai Mara


I am booking 4 nights in August in the Masai Mara. I am down to two camps---Kichwa Tembo Tented and Little Governors'.
Can someone tell me which one they like best and why?

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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Have not been to either. However, we are staying at Little Governors in mid-August.

LG is great because overlooks a marsh with much wildlife. It is in the Park.

I believe Kichwa Tembo Tented is outside of the Park. The advantage is you can go on a night game drive. (Cannot do at LG)

The following is a link to Eben's fantastic site with Map of Kenya with location of camps and other places. You must have Google Earth on your computer.

The link to LG even has a video he took of a visit:

you might want to search the postings on each camp for comments. on the other hand, there are many experienced folks who will most likely almost overwhelm you with much more helpful info.

Good luck
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I've been to both. Not really fair to comnpare Kichwa with Little Govs.

It is better to compare Little Govs/Ilmoran with Kichwa Bateleur and Kichwa Tembo with Governors Main Camp.

My pics are here:

Anyway, in addition to Stakerks comments:

KT is fenced, LG not (animals walk through LG camp!
KT outside (but quite near), LG inside the park
KT is larger (40 vs 17 tents
KT has a pool and some chalets, LG not
Only a few tents at KT have views (limited) of the Mara, LG tents all have great vies of the swamp
In fact, most tents at KT have no view at all due to the trees and bush.

Overall, LG offers a superior and more exclusive experience than KT if wildlife viewing is your main interest.

As I said earlier, Bateleur camp compares better in terms of accommodation and exclusivity!
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I just stayed in KT for 3 nights in June. It's ok and the service was top notch. Tents are fine, BUT they are close together and there are many of them. Plus, at the time we were there, there was a business meeting of internet folks from Nirobi there and it was crowded and noisy, especially at night. We drove to the area of the Govenors camps and although we did not see the actual camps, I believe the location to be better. We saw some fantastic lion action right near there.

Hope this helps.

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We stayed for two nights in June at Kichwa Tembo - I loved it. We found it very peaceful, and if it was full (which I don't believe it was), we didn't notice - it almost seemed like our group of 18 were the only people there.

The tents were very comfortable, pleasing to the eye, it had everything we needed in a tent! The decor I thought was wonderful. We were in H5, which is set further out from the others, we never felt crowded by the others and our view of the Mara was great. I was enjoying the view from the chairs on the deck outside when a gazelle jumped the fence (it's really low) and ran through the camp - I loved that! The resident warthogs are very photogenic, but I was warned that I could NOT go hug one, so I don't know how huggable they were....

The restaurant (well, eating area) never seemed crowded, at the most it was our group and a few other tables. The staff were wonderful, very attentive, and very friendly. The meals (all serve yourself) were incredible - best we had. BBQ beef kabobs, grilled vegatables, potatoes, lasagne, really fresh veggies and a couple of salads and an apparatenly incredible macadamia nut pie (I was too full to try it myself) for lunch one day.

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