“&Beyond Kichwa Tembo. This was it for us. It really changed our lives for the better and is probably one of the fundamental reasons why we will book again with &Beyond and return to Africa.
The place is BEAUTIFUL beyond words, the lodge is a wonderful experience, the accommodation truly world-class, the setting something straight out of a painting. The food was unbelievable, the wine list even better! The adventures (game drives, ballooning, etc.) were mind-blowing. BUT … and this is what separates Kichwa from most other trips in my lifetime … the real asset (and I cannot stress this enough) is the PEOPLE.
The staff that took care of us are hands-down the best group of people that I have ever encountered in the industry … and I would know, I work for a hotel company with thousands of employees. To say that these people really CARE about the guests, their lodge, the commitment to their work, their HONEST appreciation for the area, the service, the experience and the people would only be the tip of the iceberg.
What I found in the hearts of the people that made our experience magically was a TRUE joy in exchanging and sharing their lives with guests like me and my wife. Every single day they went out of their way to do something WAY BEYOND what was expected … from private candlelit dinners to amazing bush breakfasts, to taking care of me while I was ill.
We had a goodbye dinner (which we never asked for) set up by the crew outside our tent, where literally over 15 people came to sing us goodbye. The experience was SO beautiful that my wife and I could not stop crying. It really hurt to leave behind such an amazing group of people. THANK YOU.”