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JulesHaze
Belmont, California

A Wonderful Place!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 Aug 2018
My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the camp in July 2018. We loved chatting with the friendly and helpful managers, Louise and Andrew, as well as the other guests at mealtimes! The food that was prepared for us was fresh and delicious. I was impressed with all the variety and how dietary needs were handled. Especially yummy was Curry night (Sunday)! Our tent room was very luxurious and so comfortable with an amazing view of the water and animals. We had a wonderful and knowledgable guide (younger) Peter and thoroughly enjoyed our game drives. We were very happy to have the experience to see (and pet) the last 2 remaining Northern white rhinos and the blind black rhino (Baracka) in the Ol Pejeta conservancy. I would definitely recommend that others come to this wonderful camp! Splotch the dog was precious especially when "hunting" a hare!
Date of stay: July 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

We couldn't decide whether to take in the vast landscape from the rich leather cushioned seats on the veranda of our tent, or the chairs inside the tent, or the hammock that was hanging invitingly right outside our tent. Our family tent was large, elaborately appointed and beautifully furnished. Yet, despite the canvas, it had a homely feel to it, with small details such as a hand-written welcome card at turn-down and hot water bottles creating such a personalized feel.
Our two year old could not get enough of Andrew, the lodge manager! They walked around the lodge holding hands like old friends, exchanged countless stories that ended as soon as they began (considering the attention span of a toddler) and spent the evening sprawled out on the floor of the tented restaurant leafing through pictures of wildlife. While my husband and i enjoyed sun-downers by the fireplace, all we could hear was Andrew animatedly asking, "and which animal is this...?", then our son would excitedly say, "it's a gi-waa-ff!!" On and on they went.
It would have been nice to have more options for breakfast, but the three course lunch and dinners made up for what was missing on the breakfast table. I had requested diabetic friendly meals, and was delighted to be served almond breads and other low carb options.
If you are keen on the game, June is not the best time to visit; all the rain means food is plentiful and the animals do not wander far to look for it. You will be seeing very few of them.
Whether you're travelling as a couple, as a family, for some solo R&R, or a birthday celebration like we did, you will be right at home at Kicheche. Andrew & team, thank you very much!

Room tip: The family tent is incredibly large- it's practically two bedrooms.
Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

This was our first African safari experience as a family and it did not disappoint. The conservancy is wonderful - we had many amazing black and white rhino sightings. It was rare to see another jeep, which made the experience so special. The landscape is spectacular - with Mount Kenya as a backdrop, sunsets and sunrises were breathtaking. Our guide Peter was fantastic - a very good 'spotter' and also incredibly knowledgeable and great fun. A highlight (among many) was seeing the conservancy's only wild dog hunt and eat its prey. The camp is just beautiful. The tents were very comfortable, spacious and clean and furnished with beautiful furniture, rugs and cushions. There was a gorgeous view of the watering hole from our tent, and one day we watched an elephant drink and walk across to our side. The camp hosts Louise and Andrew were delightful, great company and very interesting to talk to. A big thank you to them and all the staff who were so friendly and helpful. The quality of service, experience, and food here is outstanding. We combined a stay at this camp with one at the Kicheche Bush camp - between the two we saw every species of wildlife you could think of. It's an excellent combination. Highly recommend!

Room tip: All tents have beautiful views and are well spaced apart for privacy.
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via 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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