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Kichakani Mara Camp
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
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“truly right in the bush”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We are a family of three from Sydney, Australia and spent three nights at Kichakani mid December. We received a very warm welcome arriving by all the excellent and very friendly staff - Yobes, the manager with JJ and Dominic.The environment around the camp is very beautiful, we saw baboons around the river and lots of birds. We strongly recommend this camp to travellers looking for a simple, yet comfortable and quiet accomadation with reasonable prices. It's also a close drive into Masai Mara.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

My friends and I spent 3 nights at Kichakani in mid October. We were initially quite alarmed as we were the only ones staying there and started to wonder why our travel agent had booked us here?? Apparently though we were at the end of the season. Having said that the place was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed except for alcohol :( NOT A GOOD THING and in my eyes totally unacceptable. The staff did organise beer for the day after our arrival but considering they had a bar that was completely dry I was not impressed. The food however was very tasty and the staff very accommodating. We decided not to use the pool so can't comment on that. It was a good location for accessing some great game drives and I imagine in the peak season it would be quite a buzzing place.

Room Tip: Rooms closest to the river are good as you can often see game when you wake up in the morning
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have been on many safaris in the last 12 years of coming to Kenya,the safari was brilliant and saw lots of animals but as for the camp i was very disappointed with it ,the food was poor i have had better in other camps , on the up side the staff were very good and helpful we had a brilliant guide called Tommy who was first class. I was there in August and i feel that the camp needs some kind of make over to say the least . I would recommend the safari but not the camp .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shepparton, Vic AUSTRALIA
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Firstly, I want to say how good the staff are. I had the privelege of dealing with the owner of the business prior to arrival and then was looked after by the camp manager and his staff wonderfully well.
The accommodation was acceptable - if you are used to western luxury it doesn't compare, but for what and why you are here, it was brilliantly appropriate as accommodation and reasonably affordable. The rooms were clean and comfortable and basic.
And finally the reason you come all this way (for us overseas visitors) is to see animals. And in this we were spoilt rotten. One of the Masai staff took us to spots only he would know to find animals and what followed was an amazing couple of days with spectacular animal viewing. The highlights were seeing up real close Cheetah & Lion culminating in one of the best experiences of my life - witnessing a pride of lion on an extended hunt and eventual kill right in the middle of the day without another tourist (like us lol) in sight.
Thoroughly recommend.



One quick tip - please turn the electric fence on!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We were looking for a medium to economical range campsite and Kichakani was a great choice. The camp is located very near to one of the entries and has beautiful views of the reserve that is just across a small river. The tents are big, clean and have everything you can need during your stay. Each tent has a veranda, some with beautiful views of the river and there is enough space between each tent to have privacy and silence if you want. The staff was really nice and helpful. They also have a nice swimming pool. We were 2 families with children and we all love Kichakani. I would really recommend this camp to anyone wanting a nice, relaxed and friendly stay in the Masai Mara.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

The service was courteous & friendly, the camp is clean and well adjusted to the environment. Kitchen was excellent and tasty. We had the luck to see all important big animals except the rhino. And therefore we have to come again! :-) Greetings from Vienna, Austria.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Kichakani Camp is actually a no frills camp with basic services. The tents are good sized and fairly comfortable. The electricity is put on between 5.30 AM and 7.30 AM in morning and 6.30 PM to 10.30 PM in evening. That is the time when one can charge cameras, mobiles, IPADS etc.
I could see some Zebras and Impalas across the river. There was I think a crocodile or 2 in the river below and would make a big splash when they dived into water. Food was average but had a mix of vegetables and meats. In Kenya they make the meat a little hard (rare) so we Indians find it a bit difficult to chew as we prefer well done meats. Dessert most of the time was fruit salad.
The morning we were to go for Balloon safari- the staff put on generators at 4.45 AM which helped us get ready. It is always good to have staff which is always willing to help and always smiling. By the way- Balloon safari at Masai Mara is a great experience and its followed by champagne breakfast at around 8 AM in the middle of the park !
On the first night I would keep getting lost on the way to my tent as the tents and ways are not marked at all. That can be really distressing at night when no one is around. The place had a swimming pool but we didn't use it.
As far as wildlife is concerned we spent a great deal of time with a pride of Lions which had 3 male Lions. Other than that we saw the big 5 including a panther. We saw cheetahs as well.
We saw thousands wildebeeast crossing Talek river and its fun to watch this phenomena.
The biggest negative about Masai Mara is its approach road. Last 90 kms while coming towards the camp from Narouk is a disaster. The road is so bad that we dreaded the thought of going back towards Narouk on the same road. But one doesn't have a choice.
There are some other camps nearby which are more upmarket and have better ambiance such as fig tree camp. But the price difference is quite a bit.
Conclusion : Kichakani camp is 10 minutes drive to the park ; good wildlife can be seen; staff is good; camp is no frills camp but tidy and clean.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Kichakani Mara Camp
Address: | PO Box 5533, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #120 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Innovatively conceived spectacularly on the edge of the expansive Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kichakani Camp a simple but classic camp nestled amidst the big figs of the Mara. It offers a panorama of the Burrungat and Posee plains on its sides. The camp is conveniently located on the banks of the Talek River, just next to a major wildebeest crossing point. With the river as the only physical boundary between the park and the camp, it offers excellent game viewing. The camp décor and architecture is intentionally simplistic in nature, with semi-permanent grass thatched bandas fitted with tents – flash toilets and hot shower bathrooms en-suite – and a deck for outdoor sitting. The food is a fusion of African and International cuisines prepared and presented in a unique African style. Kichakani Camp does not miss to capture the romance of safari life. ... more   less 
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