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Acacia valley, Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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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.
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Acacia valley, Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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We went to 5 camps in the first three weeks of August located in Kenya and Nairobi and Kicheche Mara Camp was one of the best camps for close up photos of the animals.If you want to save yourself some money, just go to this one and another camp close to where the migration takes place. The camps I went to were very good or higher in just about ever category.The five camps contained two safaris a day and was my trip of a life time!! I will rave about this trip forever! Looking for wild animals and colourful birds with my 65X zoom camera was a dream come true! Hunting for the clearest photo shot was exciting! Also traveling with 22 people was comforting.
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Kicheche Mara is in the northern half of the Mara, which means witnessing the Great Migration is less likely than in the southern half. Regardless, our safari drives were absolutely packed with animal sightings including the elusive leopard and lots of lots of adorable lion cubs!! From the minute we got picked up at the airport, we saw giant elephants and lions which we never found on the east side of Kenya. We saw cheetah twins, baboon filled trees, lone hippos and hyena packs everywhere. We never saw an actual hunt, which was on my son’s bucket list. We also never saw a rhino, except at the Elephant Orphanage. We didn’t feel like we missed out, though. We were also not allowed to get out of the car, except under very limited and supervised instances, ie no hikes. Watching the animals in their natural habitat, leisurely and for hours was just amazing. Our young guide, x?x was also very knowledgable, helpful and accommodating. We found an injured WildBeast on our way home to camp one evening and he allowed us to patiently watch it. Then he went out of his way to try to find Wellington (we named him) on our next drive and adopted him in spirit, like we did. Kicheche Mara/Yellow Zebra gave us this HUGE family tent - two bedrooms with baths and a lounge. It was a more minimal/modern decor but still glamping beyond imagination. The tasty comfort food meals were very much appreciated by my less experimental children. And the sundowners were often in the car — which was fine as we were often watching lion cubs frolic and the air was too hazy to see Kilimanjaro. We did an educational school and village visit, with very friendly and lovely Masai.
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22 days ago we landed back in the UK after spending the best 14 days in Kenya. I am still processing the sights, atmosphere and emotions we experienced throughout our stay, and will probably not find the words to adequately summon our experiences to write this review. We stayed at Kicheche Mara camp for 3 days, from Monday lunch till Thursday lunch. To adequately describe this welcoming camp nestled on the banks of a luscious valley, I would run out of effusive adjectives; so maybe I will try and remove any emotion and first describe it as it stands. Kicheche is located in Mara North Conservancy; this was formed when local Masai land owners got together to rent their land to the safari camps so they benefit from the income directly, unlike a National Reserve where monies are paid into someone’s pocket to government. It also has much more lenient rules about driving solely on roads, so you’re able to get very ‘up close and personal’ to wildlife. With only 8 tents, Kicheche feels very homely and the tents are spread out so much you can’t hear your neighbours* despite the thin canvas walls! *that is your ‘human neighbours’ as wildlife can often be heard at night! Our flight from Nairobi Wilson was uneventful and only took an hour. The quirky aspect of the flight was the many ‘stops’ depending on which camp you were going to; much more like a bus than an aircraft! As soon as we stepped off the plane, our Kicheche guide Saruni welcomed us with an open smile and a tin water bottle each with much needed ice cold water. The drive to the camp gave us our first taste of safari, with hundreds of zebras, various antilopes, wilderbeast and warthogs lining our path. As we approached the camp and marvelled at the beautiful tents overlooking the valley, we got our first ‘big 5’ sighting: a magnificent bull elephant peacefully grazing just meters from our 4x4! We later found out this was Hugo, the ‘resident’ elephant who I then had the pleasure to watch in the wee hours of our last night, as he grazed only meters away from our tent. But he wasn’t the only wildlife within the camp: our outer tent roof provided both shelter to a couple bats and a trampoline for the playful monkeys! From our terrace (yes, our tent had a terrace!) (I know, it’s beyond luxurious!) (And I haven’t even told you about the bathroom yet!!!) we watched giraffes on the bank opposite the valley, a group of baboons, and several herds of zebras one of which gave us quite a show as it galloped through the camp as we sat down for our first alfresco lunch! Honestly, it couldn’t have been better timed if it had been carefully scripted. The tents themselves are the epitome of comfort with beautiful solid wood furniture, extremely comfy beds, the luxury of solar electricity and usb ports (great for recharging cameras), and an ensuite shower room with hot (plumbed in...no buckets here!) running water, his&hers sinks and a flushing toilet. All this despite being in ‘the middle of nowhere’! We have never felt so spoiled! In actual fact our stay was made even more special (I know, I couldn’t believe how that was possible either) as our booking was upgraded to the family tent; so instead of one tent with a double, two single beds and an ensuite shower room, we had a tent for the double bed with its ensuite shower room, a tent with three (3!) single beds and its ensuite shower room and a tent in the middle to link them all with a lounge and dining area! Yes...it did take us a while to pick our jaws off the floor! Meals at Kicheche are a very sociable time, as all guests sit at one large table and recount their sightings and experiences of the day. We weren’t all that sure about this to begin with, as we are generally very private and like to ‘keep ourselves to ourselves ‘. However within minutes of sitting down, we were made to feel so welcome that we looked forward to every meal thereon after! Even our usually shy 12 year old held her own in conversations with other guests; I guess the shared experience and spectacular setting brought down all awkward social barriers! The game drives were something else and we were particularly impressed with Saruni, our guide and driver. Not only can he drive through terrain that simply doesn’t look as though it should be driven on (think steep hills of boulders, river beds, ditches, ‘impassable’ hills...), whilst doing this he can also spot wildlife even when they’re a tiny speck on the horizon, behind a tree, in the shade and you’re looking through your mega zoomed binoculars and can’t see diddly! Furthermore Saruni taught us so much about the animals, the flora, the way of life and customs of the Masai people...we felt that our sightings were made much more enriching from his imparted knowledge. We also felt totally at ease with him and perfectly safe at all times. Even when elephants, lions, cheetahs or leopard were within touching distance! Maybe I should also quickly mention what we spotted: some lone lions and several families of lions/lionesses and cubs, cheetahs, a family of elephants with very young ones as well as lone bull elephants, hippos, large groups of giraffes, baboons, monkeys, a large pack of hyenas, jackals, warthogs, a gazillion zebras/wilderbeast/buffaloes/all species of antilopes and...our personal favourite: a leopard!!! Our minds were blown from the moment we arrived, and this was only accentuated each morning when Saruni presented us with a fully laden table for breakfast set within a carefully chosen backdrop of a river with hippos or at the top of a hill with 360degree views over valleys, or at sundown when he would magically produce nibbles and G&T whilst we enjoyed watching playful lion cubs or the setting sun. We didn’t mind getting used to this elevated level of luxury! In summary, Kicheche is an awesome camp. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Every meal is delicious. The views are stunning. The tents are comfortable and offer all the amenities you could wish for on safari. The guides are knowledgeable and the game drives prolific in sightings. If you’re considering a safari, Kicheche Mara North is the ultimate camp to stay at. We simply can’t wait to go back! Annette (43), Darren (51), Emily (14) and Olivia (12)
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Could not ask for more. We have been on safari before but this was a whlle different level. We were lucky to have the vehicle to ourselves for all 3 days so never felt under pressure to move on or hurry up. Our driver Soit was lovely and found us some great sights that we would never have spotted. First to a kill as 2 cheetah brought down a wildebeest, a pride of lion dragging a recent capture, lion cub feeding on recent kills and a leopard looking for lunch for her cub. The tent was stunning and the location amazing. Being led to our tent at night was exciting as we searched the shadows for evening visitors. The food was always amazing, every member of staff cheerful and welcoming. Other than improving the weather i wouldn't change a thing!
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This is our third time in the Kicheche camp, each time to introduce grandchildren to safari. We first came in 2011, then again in 2017 and now this year (2019). Throughout this time the high standard of hospitality, quality of knowledgeable guides has remained the same and the food seems to get more and more delicious. And while we liked the bucket showers on the past two occasions, having solar powered showers has been a wonderful surprise plus having now electricity for charging in the tents. The camp is idea for kids, safe, yet wild with animals wandering through the camp at night and seeing zebra during the day.
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$971 - $1,576 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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kicheche mara camp hotel maasai mara national reserve
LOCATION
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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