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“Simply The BEST!”
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Kicheche Bush Camp
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Simply The BEST!”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

I have been going on safari in the Masai Mara for 12yrs and this is my favourite camp. The wonderful staff deliver an extremely high standard of service providing luxury with an understated relaxed atmosphere. Emma and Darren are the best hosts and nothing is too much trouble. The food is delicious with the Macadamia nut tart requiring a special mention!
The tents are beautifully furnished and maintained with a wonderful eye for detail. Thanks to Joseph for looking after us so well and for saving my laptop from the rain! He was a complete ray of sunshine every morning!
This was my 5th photographic safari with Kicheche and the quality of wildlife seen just keeps on getting better. All the guides (James, Patrick and Charles) are fantastic, they work amazingly hard to make sure we are in the right position for the best shots.

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

This was my third stay at Kicheche Bush Camp - and I have loved every minute I have spent there. For me it is the perfect safari camp (along with the other Kicheche camps I have stayed in). The reason I go on safari is for the wildlife experience - here you are on the edge of the Mara National Park in an amazing Conservancy - this means that you have the opportunity for some amazing sightings. In particular, my experience is that the leopards in the conservancy are amazingly tolerant of vehicles. Your viewing chances are increased by the excellent guides - with a wealth of experience and knowledge - they get you in the right places and are always happy to answer your questions.

So the wildlife viewing is, I think, as good as it gets. On top of this, you get to stay in a wonderful camp - the tents are perfectly equipped - very comfortable beds, hot water (brought to us by the ever cheerful Joseph) - and the food and wine is delicious. You are hosted by the wonderful Darren and Emma who do everything to make you feel at home.

I think this is the perfect camp for the person who loves wildlife and wants to get the best viewings they can and at the same time wants to stay in a camp that has everything you need whilst minimizing its impact on the environment. This means you won't find wifi, plunge pools, a spa and limitless running hot water. It is the perfect place to escape from the modern 'essentials' and really appreciate the beauty and wonder of this amazing part of Africa which we are so lucky to be able to visit. For me, that makes it perfect!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Kicheche Bush Camp combines luxurious comfort with convenient proximity to a whole range of wildlife. I have experience of camping safaris in other parts of Africa, but none that I have visited can match Bush Camp for the great facilities, the exquisite food, the superb skills of the guides and the unruffled organisation of the lovely hosts, Darren and Emma. And it’s great to see that the energy is from solar power and that a good deal of the vegetables and herbs used by the chefs is grown in Emma’s garden
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

If you want a genuine camp experience, this is the place to stay. Set within the Masai Mara Conservancy, you will be very close to wildlife - so close in fact that you may be awoken by lions roaring close to your bedhead or buffalo passing by your patio at night. Don't worry though as you're perfectly safe within your luxury tent.

Emma and Darren are your hosts and they, together with their team, just couldn't do more to make you welcome and comfortable - right down to a hot water bottle in your bed at night (which mysteriously stays hot until the morning). The food is amazing by any standards but even more so when you are staying in the wilderness. Excellent guides are on hand to ensure you have the best wildlife safaris of your life.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

My second visit to Bush Camp was once again a truly amazing experience! Darren, Emma and Bing (the dog!) run this camp with an unruffled calm that gets everything done for their guests, nothing is too much trouble. The food is amazing - the macadamia tart alone is worthy of it's own mention! The camp staff are cheerful and friendly and everything is run like clockwork, and yes the hot water bottle is a nice touch on a chilly Mara night!
The Guides are the best, their spotting and driving skills are platinium! Charles, Patrick and James certainly know their stuff! This trip was with a photographic group and we all had amazing experiences and came away with great photos and memories of the trip - seeing my first caracal was very special, as were the 3-week old leopard cubs and the 1-day old lion cubs, but my list is really too long for this space... - so go and experience it all for yourselves!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

A week spent in the Kicheche Bush camp has inspired me to write my first review for TripAdvisor.
Before using long words like "superlatives" better check I've chosen the right word! "Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others".Yes, that's exactly what we experienced.
It started with the camp manager, Darren, meeting us at the airport and a drive to the camp.
Bush Camp is in a stunning setting with wild life very close by, especially when the largest pride of lions in Africa decide to spend the night outside your tent door. However we were always looked after by the askari so never felt in any danger walking through the camp at night.
The camp itself is very comfortable with so many thoughtful touches, such as the hot water bottle in the bed at night when it starts to cool down.
Darren and Emma are the best hosts you could wish for, always welcoming and nothing was ever too much trouble for them.
We were fortunate to have the most amazing game drives every day and were lucky to have the best guides I have been with, so thank you Charles,James and Patrick. With their help I have seen so much wildlife I have not seen before.
I must also comment on the food which was always delicious and has been responsible for me putting on a few extra pounds!
The only thing sometimes lacking was the promised gin and tonic at sundown which sometimes got missed out. But then that's the price you pay for yet another once in a lifetime game sighting coming before there is a chance of the drink being poured!
Thank you to everyone at Bush Camp for a superlative week in Africa.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Fifth visit to Bush Camp - my favourite camp in Africa. If you want a camp where a warm welcome, excellent staff, great food, relaxed friendly atmosphere and comfortable spacious accommodation are secondary to getting you out with the best guides to enjoy the delights of the conservancy and the Mara - this is the place for you. The talented camp managers (Emma and Darren) were away in London, but Val and Lisette did a great job looking after camp and guests in their absence - calm, friendly and knowledgable even though they had repeat guests who probably knew camp better than they did.
What is it about Bush Camp that brings me back time and again? Nelson and the other 3 guides are a big part of it. They know the area so well, are out there day in day out (all day if you want) and yet are always enthusiastic to take you out to find something new or just to sit and watch animals they have seen every day of the week. They use their knowledge well, but take it at your pace, and always seem keen to go out for another look - looking for elusive leopards or capturing that perfect sunrise shot. They clearly love what they do and with 3 silver guides and Nelson on the way, their talent is being recognised. Nelson, you really are a star!
But the guides are not the full story, the rest of the Bush Camp staff back them up all the way with their quiet, friendly, excellent service. Nothing is too much trouble and they clearly enjoy making everyone's stay memorable. From Kennedy's amazing smile (and ability to produce cold beers at just the right moment) to Daniel's quiet persistent (when it took him 5 polite good mornings to wake me at 5:30am on the first morning!), to Abraham and William on front of house and the askaris keeping everyone safe and providing interpretations of the night sounds on the way to the jeeps each morning. And then there is the food - how the chefs produce meals of such variety and quality in middle of the bush is a wonder in itself. And yes, Darren, we had your favourite fish curry for lunch - not sure London could match that?
I could mention the lion cubs playing with a tortoise, the lions chased by a buffalo, the thousands of wildebeest (in December!), the face off between a baboon and leopard - but that would be my highlights and you need to visit to experience your own.

Thanks guys - another wonderful week.

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Property: Kicheche Bush Camp
Address: Olare Orok Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #10 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 6
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An intimate luxury camp of only 6 tents located in the exclusive Olare Orok Conservancy of the Masai Mara. The camps top quality guides and hosts will ensure you a superb safari experience. ... more   less 
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