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#1 of 7 Specialty lodging in Naboisho Conservancy
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Free breakfast
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Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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MrsG wrote a review Aug 7
London, United Kingdom18 contributions
We stayed at two of the Kicheche camps starting at the Valley Camp. We were met at the airstrip which made us feel like real adventurers and then were driven to the camp. This is a well organised, professional operation with a friendly, welcoming staff that cannot do enough for guests. When we arrived at our tent there was a beautiful personal welcome made with flowers on our bed! The tents are luxurious in every detail. The food is more than delicious and we were given the choice of dining with the other guests or on our own at an assigned table. Prior to dinner we gathered around a fire for drinks and snacks. Minnie the manager was a wonderful host and an interesting person. We all warmed to her, as well as her colleagues and the guides, not just our own but the others. Having coffee (a fabulous Kenyan variety) with guides and staff gave it a family atmosphere while allowing individual groups to enjoy a personal experience. All the guides and all but specialist staff are Maasai. The guides are specially trained in a rigorous three year course and know absolutely everything, not only about the animals but birds as well. Part of their community engagement is an arrangement for visiting with a Maasai village for which the village receives the income. The visit was one of the highlights and gave us many insights into Maasai culture and some context for the safaris as well. In the end, this is a safari so special praise needs to go to our guide Johnson. His knowledge was encyclopedic and as essential his spotting skills while driving were impressive. He could even spot small birds at a great distance without binoculars. He also had a great sense of humour and as safaris involve dangerous animals we knew we were in completely safe hands. We highly recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Peter F wrote a review Aug 6
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We were recommended to stay at Kicheche Valley Camp by Audley Travel who organised our first Safari trip. From the moment we were met at the airstrip, the team could not do enough for us. We had Bernard as our guide for the 4 days and he took us out twice a day on an adventure to see what we could find. He was so knowledgeable and seemed to have an uncanny knack of knowing where to look for the animals. By the second day we had already been up close with lions, elephants, buffalo, cheetah and leopard, not to mention all the antelope, warthogs, ostrich, topi, eland, mongeese and wildebeest. We were within 10 yards of all of them. The conservancy limits the number of vehicles to a maximum of 5 around any animal, so the animals were all very relaxed. Our accommodation (tents) take glamping to a new level, with en-suite shower, solar heated water, wonderful views over the valley, a hot water bottle every night and tea or coffee brought to us every morning before we set off on our drive. The food is all cooked on site by the amazing team, delicious and plentiful. All washed down with a choice of drinks. I have already mentioned our guide, Bernard, but I also want to mention Minnie, the manager and her support manager Rachel, they were there every morning to see us off and greet us when we returned. Alex looked after our tent and brought us tea every morning, whatever time we needed one! Joyce and Nelson attended to our every need at lunch and dinner and never let our glasses stay empty for long. We came on safari as a trip of a lifetime and we have left wondering how and when we can book our next trip. Finally, a note on what we might have done next time we come (hopefully). Several people stayed at two or more Kicheche camps and booked a walk between camps with a night in a fly camp, I would definitely recommend this if you can, everyone who had done it really enjoyed the experience.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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chrissie b wrote a review Jul 2022
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This was the most amazing safari experience! The camp is often surrounded by different forms of wildlife. We had lions right outside our tents. The star of everything is definitely the staff. Minnie is the most fabulous host, coming to greet you after every drive and leading you to Joyce who makes the most delicious cocktails and drinks and always meets you with a smile. Our guide Mika, was so knowledgable about every animal, bird, tree etc and could predict the movements of the animals so we always got an amazing view. I cannot recommend this camp enough. We loved it!!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gillian Turpin wrote a review Jun 2022
Salisbury, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
A wonderful stay again at Kicheche Valley in Naboisho. My husband and I were looked after so well by all the camp staff. The food was superb and the overall hospitality was excellent. The tents are spacious, spotlessly clean and recently refurbished. We send special thanks to Minnie, Bernard( fabulous guide), Stella, Joyce, Maurice,Nelson and George.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Keith L in Charlotte wrote a review Jun 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina241 contributions146 helpful votes
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We were a group of seven friends who stayed at Kicheche Valley for three nights in early June. With just 6 tents, Kicheche Valley is an intimate camp that sits just below the ridge line, hidden from view but right in the thick of the Mara’s wildlife. Prides of lion frequently reside on the other side of the small valley from Kicheche Valley and are sometimes visible from the camp’s main living and dining areas. Sit on the deck of your tent and you will see zebra walk by during the day and hear hippo munching away at night. During our stay, we spent significant time with lion prides and saw leopard, cheetah, elephant, zebra, giraffe, warthogs, hippo, wildebeest, crocodiles, etc. Suffice to say, Kicheche Valley offers exceptional access to the best that the Mara has to offer. Our guide during our stay was Mika. His knowledge and enthusiasm was perhaps the best we saw having been to three other camps on this visit. While all of our prior guides were very good, Mika set himself apart by explaining the techniques and experience he was using to track and find animals. He gave us transparency and that, in turn, taught us more about the wildlife and their behavior. We also learned about the geography and geology of the Mara as well. In brief, I simply cannot say enough good things about Mika and our experience. Special moments on safari include: 1) watching a leopard in a tree protect her kill from two lionesses waiting below, 2) spending a morning with two lions, two lionesses and their 5 cubs at play, 3) sitting in the middle of a ‘journey’ of 30 giraffe as they walked down a valley, and 4) watching the dismantling of a carcass by jackals, hyena and vultures. Back at camp, the very kind and elegant Minnie was our hostess. Minnie and her crew gave us a very warm welcome upon our arrival and took excellent care of us throughout our stay. We all thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the food, the drink and the heartfelt hospitality. The six tents are all clean and well appointed. The tents have solar heated water and electricity at night for lights and charging devices. We also found the beds themselves to be among the most comfortable that we had experienced on our journey. Finally, I would highlight the very special sundowner that Minnie and Joyce organized in the bush on our last night - the group loved it! I would also like to make a special call out for Faith, the massage therapist. While many safari camps offer spa treatments, my experience is that they are more often a ‘miss’ rather than a ‘hit’. In this case, Faith delivered an excellent deep tissue massage and I could not have been more pleased. Thank you so much to Minnie, Mika, Joyce, Nelson, Morris (‘Mr. Drinks’), Faith, James and all of the others that made our stay so enjoyable and memorable.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Kibuhh wrote a review Apr 2022
Hamburg, Germany8 contributions2 helpful votes
From the very first moment we felt like being at home. The Kicheche Valley camp team is just outstanding , it seems that they all have so much fun to work there . Always with a smile and with their heart. The location is sensational , not only being at the best place in the Naboisho conservancy for game viewing also the view from the hill is awesome. Food is excellent . Bernard our guide more than excellent , so friendly and knowledgeable. The star is Minnie . I have been to many safari camps in Southern and East Africa and I would like to say I have never met a person like Minnie . She feels exactly what you need. Thank you Minnie and the entire team for a wonderful stay . We can recommend Kicheche Valley to everybody who is looking for a personal small camp , excellent wildlife and guiding , light tents and excellent food . Stefan & Kirsten
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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julie_burbidge wrote a review Feb 2022
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom2 contributions
Great greeting from Minnie, Alex and Nelson set the scene for us. This was to be our last stop before heading for home. The last 9 days had been a wonderful experience, little did we know that the amazing guide Mika was to make this 3 day visit so memorable. The game drives took us to the heart of the action. Being in such close proximity to lion prides, witnessing them feeding after a kill and observing cheetahs and a leopard going about their daily business was awesome! Mika shared his knowledge willingly making this a journey of learning and experience. Back in camp Joyce always displayed her wonderful smile, Francis his ready wit ( I now enjoy Masai white wine daily!) and the chefs provided delicious food for every meal. Hospitality second to none, ably led by the ever patient, kind Minnie. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Lisa L wrote a review Jan 2022
Buena Vista, Colorado8 contributions2 helpful votes
We had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful camp in November, 2021. Minnie was an amazing hostess and manager, attending to every detail to ensure a great stay. The chefs produced delicious food with wonderful fresh ingredients. Maurice, Joyce, Ruth and other staff paid such attention to detail and to our needs in all respects. It was simply perfect. And then there was the wildlife. Sightings were awesome. Our guide, Bernard, was so knowledgeable and fun to be with and learn from. We always seemed to be where the action was and were able to follow some of the big cats over the days we were there. It was unforgettable and has stayed with me. I cant wait to get back there and also try some of the other Kicheche camps. Our fellow adventurers were all repeat visitors which says a lot!!!!!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Olivier C wrote a review Jan 2022
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We decided to spend 3 nights for our honeymoon at Kicheche valley camp. This was our first safari. We have no words to describe well enough the kindness, professionalism and knowledge of all the people at the camp. They have been able to create an intimate place where you feel incredibly comfortable, taken care of, loved. Minnie hosted us as if we were family. All the staff, kitchen, waiters, security, rangers, laundry, spa etc - everyone was just perfect. I don't have good enough words either to describe our guide Johnson who took us on amazing game drives and incredible savannah walk to a fly camp. He shared his knowledge and love for his land and everything that lives on it. We then went to another camp, supposedly more luxury, with more services etc. I'm not sure we can find more authenticity, passion and better wildlife than at Valley camp. We hope to come back again any time!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Travelgirl wrote a review Dec 2021
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We stayed at Kicheche Valley Camp for 4 nights on our journey to the Masa Mara. The camp is beautiful and the staff is beyond amazing and attentive. Minnie is the kindest camp manager who makes every person feel special. She takes into account your requests, diet etc to make sure that everyone is having a great stay. In addition to Minnie the rest of the staff including Rose, Maurice and Joyce along with the incredible chefs Ali and Stanley and their team made for an unforgettable stay. The food is grown fresh in the garden they have onsite and each meal breakfast, lunch and dinner is better than the last. The rooms are spotless and welcoming- It is hard to imagine you are truly in the middle of a conservancy. At night you can hear hippos, buffalos and if you listen closely lions. Don't worry there are very kind guards to help keep you safe1 The camp is in a great location and makes it very easy and accessible to see 4 of the big 5 in one place. If you are tired they are more than happy to have you come back or keep you out all day depending on your preferences. Special thank you to Johnson our guide who was very patient and kind in answering our questions, helping us to capture the perfect photo and took us on night drives and walking safaris in addition to the day drives. If you are a photographer this camp is equipped to help you and you are able to rent lenses if you do not have your own. We had an unforgettable stay and we can not recommend enough adding this location to your plans! We hope to be back one day soon!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$1,183 - $1,570 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National ReserveNaboisho Conservancy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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What are some of the property amenities at Kicheche Valley Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kicheche Valley Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Kicheche Valley Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Kicheche Valley Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.