Kambi ya Tembo is located in the West Kilimanjaro area of northern Tanzania.
West Kilimanjaro is a remote and little-visited safari area which is situated to the north of Mount Meru and runs up to the border with Kenya.
The area is best known for its stunning views over Mount Kilimanjaro. The sight of elephants walking across savanna plains against the backdrop of the snows of the famous mountain is one of the continent’s most enduring images. These shots are generally taken from Amboseli, over on the Kenyan side of the border, a fact that has always really annoyed the Tanzanians, who feel that in the past Kenya has tried to create the impression to the outside world that Kilimanjaro is on their side of the border. West Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s answer to Amboseli.
The great advantage that this area has over Amboseli is that it experiences considerable lower safari traffic. In fact the two places are a world apart. Over the border the park is dominated by large mass-market lodges, whilst over this side there’s just a handful of small tented camps.
If you do want to include that view of Kilimanjaro in your trip, which so many people do, then this area is usually much more convenient to combine with Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The camps here are to a high standard. They are all relatively small and are all focused on high quality and authentic safari activities.
WHY CHOOSE KAMBI YA TEMBO?
- Enjoy a sundowner before dinner, watching the sun go down with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
- Visit a traditional Maasai village at the end of the afternoon where it’s possible to learn the traditional ways of life of the Maasai tribe.
- A full day excursion, 3 to 4 hours trekking in Kilimanjaro National Park.
- For fans of running, Cross country routes on the plains of Amboseli accompanied by Maasai runners.
The property is usually accessed as part of a 10 to 14 night private guided overland safari through the region.
It usually features the first stop after arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, from where it is a drive of around 90 minutes.
We usually include all the connecting transport for your trip unless you specifically ask us not to.
Kambi Ya Tembo provides access to a range of guided activities.
Most of these are usually included in the room rate. Please refer to your detailed itinerary for actual inclusions and exclusions.
- Vehicle safari
The main activity is vehicle safari, exploring the broad open plains, seasonal waterholes and acacia forests between the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and the Kenyan border.
The area is home to a good range of wildlife, notably elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and cheetahs, although densities are relatively low on these dry plains.
- Hiking on Kilimanjaro
Another option is to do a day trip up to the Shira Plateau, the western flank of Mount Kilimanjaro, to do some high altitude hiking.
This involves passing up through the montane forest and out onto the moorland climate zone, which is a stark contrast to the plains below.
For anyone who is not up for the full seven night trek to the top of Kilimanjaro, this day-trip is a very cool little adventure.
- Cultural interaction
There are further options for cultural interaction, with visits to local Maasai bomas and other more involved activities.
- Jeep safari
- Night safari
- Maasai walking safari
- Sunset drinks
- Visit Maasai village
- Maasai dance
- Picknick lunch
- Kilimanjaro day-climb
- Flying over the Kilimanjaro
- Cross country loop
Getting started on your trip
All of the trips that we offer are individually tailor-made. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter itineraries, but feel that every single trip should be carefully constructed to exactly suit your requirements.
You can have fun working with one of our experts, chatting about what you might fancy doing, looking at various options and, ultimately, coming up with the perfect trip.
We can start that process any time. Please don’t feel that you need to have everything lined up before you get in touch, we are more than happy to get involved as early as you wish and provide you with some inspirational ideas.
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