Having already stayed at the Kicheche camp in Laikipia, we knew roughly what to expect when we came here, and once again the Kicheche experience doesn't disappoint. The camp is spread along a hillside overlooking a river valley, and unlike Laikipia, this camp is open to any passing animals. Consequently, even in day time we were in the midst of the wildebeest, zebra and gazelles of the migration, and also saw giraffes, hyenas, buffalo and a host of other ungulates. The tents are very comfortable indeed, the food is very high quality and plentiful, and the hosts Sammy and Colin do a great job of running the place, backed up by an exceptional team.
We stayed for three nights, and in the four days we were there saw all of the Big 5, thanks to the outstanding skills of our Maasai guide Benja. His expertise and ability to spot the tiniest hint of an animal at great distances meant that we saw everything we set out to see. What seems to set the Kicheche guides apart is their qualification levels (guides have to take exams, and there are medal tiers of certification) and their understanding that you don't want to just follow the radio calls and sit with dozens of other vehicles around big cats all day long. We were able to discover the animals for ourselves resulting in a much better experience.
I recommend the walking safari trip, and if you're in the Mara, it is worth doing the balloon safari too. Make sure you see "Leopard Canyon" where the Big Cat Diaries were filmed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bush hideaway welcomes you to a different world, centered at the heart of the African wilderness. Experiencing a traditional luxury camp is a must on safari and, with Kicheche, one that is intimate, secluded and in an area surrounded by prolific wildlife. Staying in a bush camp doesn't mean compromising on comfort, the food and service are first class, as are the warmth and experience of Kicheche's staff making your safari an unforgettable experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kicheche Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Kicheche Mara Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve