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Kicheche Valley Camp
San Luis Obispo, CA
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45 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Awesome family experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

I contemplated whether or not we were crazy to bring our 5 kids ages 4-21 out to the middle of Kenya to a camp with no fences, but what an adventure we had! The small camp has well-appointed tents with enough privacy (I was worried my boys would be too noisy for the other guests). Surprisingly comfortable beds, hot water showers and flush toilets in the rooms made "roughing it" enjoyable. Every meal was a community feast that we enjoyed with the camp hosts, Val and Brendon, and other camp guests. It was a fun time to share our day's discoveries while out with our guides. Great food, drinks and fantastic service! We felt safe at all times, even when the impala were fighting outside our tent in the middle of the night and a leopard made a kill not far from us. What an awesome once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Kicheche camps are the best way to experience Mara - in middle of the conservatory, unfenced and just a few tents make you feel like you are part of the ecosystem. The tents are very comfortable with all luxuries you need, the food is delicious and the hosts are very helpful. Overall, a great place to stay during your trip to Masai Mara.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Kicheche camps are nice, but what really got me was all of their guides. I stayed at all four Kicheche camps and every guide was "silver rated" - which is sort of the equivalent to having a masters degree in guiding. Camps are each managed by a couple, which makes for a really great, intimate experience. I only had one night at Bush camp, but I recommend AT LEAST two nights.

Camps are laid out in a row with the lounge in the middle. If you want more privacy, choose one that is far out, however you will have to walk quite a long distance.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Suzanne A
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Scotland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was our 2nd stay at Valley where we spent 6 wonderful days. From the moment you arrive at this intimate camp the hosts Val & Brendan along with the other staff make you feel like long lost relatives. The secluded tents are large and luxurious with a huge bed and hot & cold running water. They also have power so you can charge cameras, phones etc. There are no fences which is great as you are entering the animals domain but the camp is guarded by local Masai so you have no need to worry about lions sharing your bed!
As vegetarians the food is second to none and would be hard pressed to find better where we live in the UK. The chefs will cater to every dietary requirement and the quality will surprise most visitors.
The game drives in the conservancy with our guide, Jonathan, were among the best we have experienced and this was our 15th African visit. The Kicheche guides knowledge and respect for the animals is superb. The game drives consist of a morning drive stopping for a bush breakfast returning to camp around 11ish. After a fab lunch then it's time to relax until the next drive which goes from 3.30 until 7 with a stop for some sundowners. The animals of course are the highlight and we saw the majority the Mara has to offer. The best part of being in the conservancy is that is so much quieter vehicle wise than the main reserve, at most times we were the only vehicle at the best sightings which made them even more special.
As well experienced safari travellers we would not hesitate in recommending Valley or any of the other Kicheche camps in the Mara and we can't wait to return again next year.

Room Tip: 6 private tents. Tents 3 & 4 are nearest the dining tent if you don't want to walk too much...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gainesville
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

My husband and I spent four days at Kicheche. Val and Brendan were great hosts, and we immediately felt welcomed by all. It is small and intimate and you can meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world. Both my husband and I have lived and traveled in Africa, and we both consider this a top notch safari. Our guide Mika had an amazing relationship with the animals and great knowledge of the surrounding area. We did not want to leave!

Room Tip: There was no swimming pool or fitness center, but you don't really need one. We recommend the r...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a 3 week honeymoon in Africa, where our 4night stay in the Kicheche Valley Camp was by far the highlight. From the moment we arrived we knew this place was special, the tents were spacious and overlooked the valley where Zebras, Giraffes and all kinds of Antelope roam freely, we even returned to our tent one night to be told a bull elephant had passed the evening browsing on trees directly outside our tent. Our days were filled with safari drives lead by our wonderful guide Mika who ensured we saw all that the beautiful Masai Mara had to offer, on return to camp we would be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from Jon the restaurant manager eager to hear the stories from our day. The food was consistently 5 star, the dinner my new husband and I shared under the stars where lanterns hung beautifully from the acacia trees as we warmed ourselves by an open camp fire is something we will remember forever, a big thank you to Lincoln our waiter who made it so special. We listened from the safety our tents to the sounds of lions in the distance at night, comforted by the fact armed guards patrolled the camp site throughout the night, it really was a magical experience. Overall a fantastic experience and we hope someday to return.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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45 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

After the drive across the Maasia desert of over grazed land, it was an oasis to hit the Naboisho Conservancy. The difference is startling.
Great setting on the valley side with views to the plains to the southwest, big tent with laminate flooring (!) Comfortable and well furnished. There is running H & C water so no need for bucket showers and with power to recharge cameras in the tent. So if you want bucket showers this is not the camp.
Brendan made a great impression by talking through the map showing the Conservancy and describing its value to wildlife – which is clear having driven through the alternative of the Maasai’s badly managed lands and knowing that the Mara Reserve is over crowded with lodges so wildlife is stressed by too many vehicles and with bad ethics - and frankly - by the horrors of poaching. All of us going to any safari must not lose sight of what is going on in Africa driven by Chinese demands . Brendan is working hard to be ecologically Gold standard which is a big plus in 2014. Jonathon the Silver grade guide was helpful. Lions are less obvious than the Mara Camp, but there was more obvious other game. They try hard to avoid convoys of vehicles and Brendan will react to any guest reports of poor ethics from other camp and lodge guides. So don't hold back.The max is 4 vehicles near any animal and giving the animal free passage The support team is very helpful. The less good - I know, being picky - the sun downers aren’t well organised with enough drinks and nibbles. I would be very happy to return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nigel G
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Property: Kicheche Valley Camp
Address: Naboisho Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #56 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kicheche Valley Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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