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Valerie S
Miami, Florida

Safari Camp done right

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Jun 2018via mobile
When visiting Kenya be sure to include a stay at Kicheche Tented Camp in Ol Pejeta National Park. I think you’ll find it to be the best decision you will make.
I couldn’t find fault if I tried. From the setting, to the staff, to the amazing food it was one pleasant surprise after another.
The peace and seclusion is exactly what you hope for in your safari experience but the dining so far exceeded anything I could have expected. I even asked for recipes.
The park was amazing and my guide for the game drive was knowledgeable and personable and made every effort to find the elusive. He did not disappoint!
It was, without a doubt, one of the top camp stays in multiple Safaris. I’m looking forward to returning.
Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

This was our second Kicheche camp, having started at Valley Camp. The game was slightly harder to see due to the different terrain but seeing the wild dog, rhinos and a lion devouring a zebra really finished off our safari. The camp was beautifully kept, the food excellent and the staff, camp hosts and guides amazing. Speaking with local operators in Nairobi, the Kicheche guides are known for being exceptional and they certainly were. They know every bird by sight and sound and every animal behaviour you could possibly need to know. Equally, they are friendly and fun which is important as you spend so much time with them. This was our first safari and it certainly won't be our last and that is due to the experience we have had with Kicheche. Thank you so much to everyone at both camps.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

My husband Joel K just posted a review of our stay at Kicheche Laikipia. I can’t stress enough that our guide Peter was excellent - he has an eagle eye for spotting a lone rhino on the horizon along with other wonderful creatures. In addition to his great knowledge of the wildlife, Peter is a gentle and patient host - our games drives were from 6am-12pm and then again from 4-7pm.
He also built a rapport with our boys who had their first close encounters with predators and prey in the wild.

Our hats off to the camp managers Louise and Andrew and their team behind the scenes. Delicious baked goods appear magically from a simple coal oven.

We thoroughly enjoyed watching the animals along the watering hole just outside the camp boundaries - a treat for the eyes afternoon.

We learned a lot about Kenyan culture and politics and conservation approach over lunch and dinner with Andrew and the guests from Nairobi.

Did we mention that Andrew and team conjured up a delicious lunch after we had to return from the airstrip as our flight to Mara was delayed by 5 hours?

One more thing- a visit with the Northern White Rhino project rangers is a must as is the memorial to all the Rhinos lost.

This is a family holiday that none of us will forget.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Our family of two adults and two teenage sons (ages 13 and 15) visited Kenya over Easter break spending time at Kicheche Laikipia Camp for 3 nights and Kicheche Bush Camp for 4 nights. Both camps are maintained to a very high standard and offer outstanding customer service and an unrivaled game viewing experience.

My wife and I had been on safari many years ago and had longed to bring our sons. Kicheche did not disappoint. The quality of the guides, the exceptional food, and incredibly friendly nature of everyone at the camp was all we could have asked for.

We also were able to experience the bittersweet experience of the Rhino conservancy and the care and protection afforded to the two remaining Northern White Rhinoceros. This added special experience was wonderful for us all and particularly for our boys to experience and learn about wildlife conservation.

We could not recommend Kicheche Laikipia more to anyone looking for a truly special and personalized safari experience.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We stayed in three Kicheche camps on our trip, all on conservancies, which all provided really good accommodation, very good food and friendly, efficient staff. The first was Laikipia, chosen as a different area with different species of wildlife from the Mara and for the opportunity for night drives, which we love.

This was a well-run camp by managers Louise and Andrew, with spacious tents and friendly and efficient staff. For the comfort of guests, fleece-lined ponchos and even hot water bottles were provided. Some guests may not have considered that although the equator runs through the conservancy, the camp is at altitude and close to Mount Kenya, which afforded great views but led to chilly mornings and evenings. Also a great idea was giving guests reusable Kicheche-branded water bottles with “for a better tomorrow” in Swahili, reflecting how much better these are than single-use plastic bottles.

The food was delicious - the chef made imaginative dishes, prepared using locally sourced produce, and his food presentation was especially good. Our guide Simon was personable and good communicator, demonstrating expert knowledge. The vehicles were ideally set up for wildlife photographers like us, with camera shelves and beanbags.
We greatly enjoyed the variety of wildlife, both by day and by night. By day, it was so good to see so many rhinos, especially black rhinos (you can tell black rhinos from white rhinos, not just by their appearance but also by their behaviour - the ones that charged us were always black rhinos!!). Speaking of animal behaviour, we saw a grey heron which had somehow got hold of an oxpecker, which it was trying to swallow but which was far too big - not even any of the guides had seen that before!

There was such a diversity of wildlife, some of the highlights being gorgeous lion cubs and cheetah cubs, cute elephant calves and zebra foals, reticulated giraffes and hybrid zebras (Burchell’s/Grevy’s). We even saw a small brown house snake (clearly lost, as it was out in the bush!!).

But full marks to both Simon and our spotter Alfred for finding us an aardvark on our first night drive! We’d wanted to see one for many years. We also saw a zorilla for the first time, so our wildlife A-Z has both a new start and a new finish! The acrobatic bushbabies were lovely too and it’s always good to see bats and white-tailed mongoose. We always want to include at least one camp in our Africa trips where night drives are available - Laikipia didn’t disappoint!!

Then we moved on to Kicheche Mara North. As the runway at Nanyuki was flooded due to rain, we were collected from the airstrip in Laikipia - a great result, especially on Friday13th!!

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We stayed at Kicheche for 3 nights and the wonderful Simon was our guide. I've been on safari in the Okavango delta and Chobe before and my husband has also been to South Africa. We agreed that this is by far the best camp we've stayed at. We were greeted by Simon at the airstrip in Nanyuki and driven to the camp, with a game drive along the way. We were then greeted by Louise, one of the camp managers, and the very cute resident dog, Splodge. After a delicious lunch and meeting some of the other guests we headed out on our first drive around 4pm. Dinner is taken in the mess tent with the other guests and manager, Andrew. The food is absolutely delicious and all the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and special. There are the usual insects, moths etc, but if you're smart about closing your tent up and keeping the lights off as much as possible, it's manageable- even for a complete will like me. It's actually surprising that there aren't more, considering you are in the middl3 of the bush.
Game drives in the morning generally start around 6am, although we were able to start a little later with the agreement of the other 2 guests sharing our vehicle! We were woken at our chosen time with coffee and biscuits. We were also treated to breakfast in the bush which is really special - just beware of the bees!
The conservancy is very large and we saw lions, elephants, rhino, impala, warthog, buffalo, gazelle and an amazing array of birds. Unfortunately no leopard or cheetah but we're hoping the sister camp, Kicheche Mara will prove more fruitful for cats! Sundowners around 6.30pm before heading back to camp around 7.15pm were a lovely way to finish the day's events. We wouldn't hesitate to come back. Thank you to Simon, Louise, Andrew and all the other staff for a magical experience.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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