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“Amazing honeymoon safari” 5 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Amazing honeymoon safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This camp is excellent, we stayed here 4 nights and felt like we'd stayed in someone's amazing home than a resort. Darren and Emma really do provided a personalized service, and nothing is too much. The food is wonderful, even when out on drives. Lunches and dinners sre communal, such great fun to mert lovely new people and hear about their days. The guides are so knowledgeable and clearly know the land and surrounding animals very well. I believe all of the tents are the same, although the ones on each end do produce slightly more privacy. We'd never been on safari before so almost took it for granted seeing all the animals so close on a daily basis, but after talking to others who had been on a few safaris, we were very lucky to have such good guides and to see so many animals and cubs. Would definitely go back and would definitely recommend this place. Loved it and did not want to leave

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lichfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We arrived at Bushcamp after a week in Migration Camp with Paul Goldstein, to be welcomed by Darren & Emma in time for Dinner, made to feel completely at home instantly.
Food was of good restaurant quality in the camp and picnic breakfasts and lunches also first class.
The guides handled the Land Cruisers with great skill and consideration for the Guests
Charles and Patrick were amazing spotters and very aware of photographers needs.
The area around Bush Camp is a joy as vehicle numbers are restricted to only the camps in the conservancy.
The wild life variety and numbers were excellent, the main reason to travel to the reserve was to witness a migration crossing, which we did twice.
Over 12 years we have been to Kenya and Tanzania and have experienced a lot of camps and would rate Kicheche Bush Camp the best overall Safari experience.
Dr Peter Mason and Grace Mason ARPS DPAGB

Room Tip: All tented accommodation is excellent, running water and electric lights excellent shower. Peter lo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

From the time we landed at the Mara airstrip through to departing 3 days later, Paul, Darren & Emma's team were top notch and world class in every way. Every meal whether at camp or out on the Mara were excellent...how in the world do you achieve excellence way out here?! Meeting around the camp fire for drinks, sharing the days experiences under remarkable and stunning moonlit evenings, then sharing dinner meals with fellow guest was magical. Africa truly does strip one down and allows for no pretense. Patina was awesome...I'd venture to say after being on safari for 25 days with other guides that he is, quite simply the best in east africa. Thank you for sharing your Maasai culture and story with us. Listening to Maasai music while our safari walk was priceless. Keep up the good work everyone. We congratulate the Kicheche Bush Camp team, everyone of you, for delivery an awesome experience. Continued best wishes. We can't hardly wait to one seeing you again. Jon & Vicki RPV, CA

Room Tip: There are only 6,which is what makes this place great. We had elephant visit us in tent number one t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had a wonderful 3 nights at this camp with the whole family loving the stay. After the original shock of my wife recognising the camp manager, Darren, as someone she babysat 30 years ago, we had laugh upon laugh. Darren and Emma were perfect managers (hosts!!!) and run a very effecient camp. The first thing that struck me was that we were the only 'first timers' in the camp! Ian from Derby had been three times this year already, Peter & Cami were on their second visit this year and Sue from South Carolina seems an annual guest - what a great recommendation that is and we certainly found out why!!
The tents are a good size and are more Glamping than Camping with real Armitage Shanks toilets in each ensuite tented bathroom!! Meal time is an experience with Darren and Emma hosting a private dinner party in the main tent with beautifully prepared meals. All the Masai staff were so pleasant and cheery.
The fantastic location in this conservancy within the Masai Mara gives you daily access to stunning experiences with wild animals. We saw all the big 5 here, plus the Kenyan Ugly 5 and many more in great driving days with our guide, Nelson.
The closeness to this wildness is no more apparent when you zip up the tents at night. This is an un-fenced camp and the sound of antlepoles, Lions, Buffalo, elephants roaming or grazing outside your tent during the night is unbelievable.
The walking safari is a must...breaks up the driving safaris and really let's you live the experience - although we were grateful we had the armed companion!!
We certainly loved this camp and would highly recommend Darren, Emma and their team!!

Room Tip: There are only 6 tents and all are as good as each other!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The camp was great and the managers very welcoming! We stayed three nights on our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. The service was excellent and the food very good! The bucket showers are hot and long, we we’re not expecting such a standard out in the wild. The hot water bottle service was the best thing ever, I slept like a baby, despite the lions, buffalos and elephants, that wandered the camp at night. Don’t worry, there is no danger as long as you stay in your tent. You see a lot of other jeeps, but it’s still ok during migration. The guide was ok, but we had better at other places. His English was mediocre and his knowledge sketchy in places. Still, we saw a leopard, loads of lions and cubs, as well as thousands of wildebeest. We definitely recommend kicheche!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Queensland
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Simple the best! We visited 4 safari camps on our trip to Kenya and Bush camp was by far the best. I wish I could give it 10 stars! We were greeted at the airstrip by Patrick and had a game drive on the way to camp. Camp managers Darren and Emma greeted as at camp and explained the process of how the camp operates with game drives, lunch, dinner, drivers etc before being escorted to your tent. This place is brilliant, amazing, lovely...I could go on. You really need to get here an experience it yourself. The camp is so well perfectly placed that the days just breeze past and you don't want to leave. Darren and Emma do an outstanding job of making camp feel like your home away from home, and the interaction with the other guests at dinner and lunch add to the ambience and atmosphere that makes this place so special. The guides are fabulous, their knowledge is fantastic and they can spot something in the far distance that you just cannot believe until you get closer and can see it for yourself! Full credit to them. All camp staff are ever so friendly and polite. We can't stop talking about this place and are already planning our visit back - for longer this time!

Room Tip: We had the last tent and enjoyed it greatly.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Colorado
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our fourth safari in Africa and this camp is the absolute best experience ever. I cannot say enough good things about it. Camp hosts Darin and Emma are perfect for the job. They made sure everything was perfect. My wife eats gluten free and they handled that so well. The food and wine were outstanding, but it was the personal attention that really set this camp above all others. Darin and Emma saw you off on every game drive and met you when you returned. They ate with you and were funny and charming hosts. The camp is small so they can get to know each guest. The tens are very comfortable with flush toilets and the most wonderful bucket showers when you came in from the game drive. They had a charging area to recharge camera batteries. The wildlife is spectacular and is all around you. At night we heard lions roaring and buffaloes eating outside our tent. They are very safety conscious and you always felt safe.
Our guide, Patrick, was the best guide we have ever had. He went way beyond getting the picture, but really helped us to understand the dynamics of the different animal groups. We came away with a much deeper appreciation for what we were seeing. THIS PLACE ROCKS! Great job Emma and Darin.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #2 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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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