&Beyond has started rebuilding the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in Kenya, with renovations set to be completed by July 2014.
Forming part of the operator’s planned investment of $23million into its luxury safari camps and lodges, 28 of the camp’s tented suites and shared guest areas will take on a brand new look.
Following renovation, the camp will feature spaces for interactive food preparation, including its organic vegetable garden, which will become part of the guest experience.
All suites will also be elevated so more guests can enjoy the view: 22 suites will overlook the Mara and six will sit in the forest canopy (with three of these forest suites also looking out over the Mara).
The camp’s bar will also benefit from an added level, while a dedicated open air ‘boma’ area will be reserved for participative experiences with the local Maasai people. A naturalist library will invite guests to explore, while the re-designed Safari Shop will showcase Kenyan crafts.
While 28 of the camp’s tented suites will be closed from October 15 to June 30 next year, 12 luxury tents on the Sabaringo River will remain open throughout the rebuild, as will sister lodge Bateleur Camp. The camp will reopen officially on July 1.
Meanwhile, at its Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania, the operator has introduced a honeymoon rose petal dinner. The experience includes a hot bubble bath followed by a private dinner on a carpet of rose petals, accompanied by a bottle of Champagne.
The operator has also recently refurbished and upgraded its ‘Cobra Cat’ transfer boat at the Mnemba Island Lodge.
The boat has now been fitted with night lights to allow staff to safely conduct sea crossings at night. This means that guests can now be transferred between Mnemba and the crossing point at all hours of the day and night, dependent on weather.