World's Best Hotels
No. 27 andBeyond Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Two tented camps—one vintage-style (Bateleur), the other distinctly modern—in the heart of the Mara. All display rustic, yet substantial furnishings with elegant safari touches like lanterns, canvas fabrics, and flagstone flooring. Dinner around the open hearth or a dip in the freshwater pool are perfect ways to kick back after a day of dual game drives in open-air jeeps spotting giraffes, gazelles, lions, and hippos. For a birdseye view, hop a hot air balloon ride over the park. Individual visits to local Maasai villages let guests get up close and personal with the local culture. The property's conservation efforts include a Green Team of employees focused on recycling and efficiency to collaboration with local authorities to prevent animal poaching.
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