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Kicheche Mara Camp
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Spent three nights here recently as part of our honeymoon. Was superb. Lovely location in a valley with wildlife freely roaming about - including a pride of lions on one occasion! Game drives were fantastic, half the time we had a truck and guide (George) to ourselves the rest of the time we were sharing with one other couple. Wildlife in the immediate vicinity of the camp is prolific so you don't have to go far to see a lot. Food was very good however it is a set menu for dinner so make sure you let them know if you have special requirements and it may not suit very fussy eaters. Tent very comfortable and bathroom better than expected. There is running (cold) water however they put hot water in the (bucket) shower for you just in time for your return in the evening also they deliver a jug of hot water first thing along with your wake up call (plus tea, coffee and biscuits at 6am!). Best thing however is the staff, nothing is too much trouble and with it being a small camp the service is very personal. Slight niggle for us was that most of the other guests were part of a large group so we felt like slight "outsiders" however the (new) hosts Simon and Olivia went out of their way to socialise more with us which was very much appreciated. We stayed for three nights - the days are quite "full on" (one day we were out from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm) and you see so much it is difficult to take it all in, therefore three or four nights is probably the ideal length of stay. We came armed with industrial quantities of insect repellent and used very little as there were not that many beasties. We did however use our fleeces - the early mornings and evenings are cold and especially in the truck with the windows open it's pretty windy! Highly recommended, we'd love to return but we may try one of their other camps next time.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

This camp is set in a slightly hilly area by a little river which you cross by a small bridge. You have to drive down a very rocky hill to get to the camp - they did that to keep the camp more private, but hold on to your seats!! The camp is clean and the staff is friendly, especially Morris, a Maasai, who is almost like an entertainer to the guests. However, after staying at Kicheche Laikipia, which we absolutely loved, we felt like some the magic was missing...also, this camp does not have hot running water like Laikipia...you have bucket showers which most camps seem to have and are fine. The tent was nice but a little cramped the way it was set up. The food is delicious - always way too much! Campfires before dinner after returning from your sundowner are always a nice way to meet the other guests. We found that not all the staff understand English well, which was frustrating at times, but that is bound to happen when you travel abroad. We just felt that at Laikipia, we were able to communicate better with more of the staff. Also keep in mind that although these camps do laundry, they do not do ladies underwear, so bring extra!! If you have kids, there is not a lot to do between game drives and meals, so bring games,cards, and books with you! My teenage son got a little bored during the down times. As for the game drives, our guide, Mike, was fabulous...very knowledgeable and tried his best to make everything we wanted to see happen - and he succeeded!! Thank you Kicheche Camps!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed at the Kicheche Mara camp in late August and had an amazing time there. The staff, features and the food were second to none. We liked the little touches like the hot water bottles at night and that there was a flushing loo (not expecting that at a camp). Our guide Joseph was great and although we were only there 3 nights we could have stayed alot longer. There was plenty to see on the Conservancy but we did head out into the main Maasai Mara National Reserve where we saw part of the great migration crossing the Mara river - unbelievable.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

Amazing place managed by Darren and Emma very well. The best camp in Kenya for sure!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

This is my second trip to a Kicheche camp (first time around was to the Bush Camp) - but my first time at the Mara camp. Stunningly located in a valley overlooking a stream you could not ask for a better place to spend a photographic safari in the Mara. As I have come to expect from my previous trip, the Kicheche guides were amazing in their knowledge and are great fun too. I will never cease to be amazed at how Paul (Goldstein) and the Kicheche guides manage to always pick the 'right place and right time' to go to see the best animal behaviour. We saw cub-carrying aplenty (lions & cheetahs even) plus numerous leopards and thestart of the migration across the Talek river. The camp itself is perfect - and the food and hospitality faultless. If you want to see more than the average safari-goer does animal-wise but don't want to forego life's little luxuries - go to a Kicheche camp! You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Real beds, flushing toilet, wellies provided for when it rains at night - all tents are perfect.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

The Kicheche Mara camp with its breathtaking views and luxury styled living was sensational. The staff were very welcoming from the moment we stepped off the plane and onto the dirt track landing strip. The accommodation was amazing! Before we had arrived at the camp I was expecting spiders in the beds and mosquitos buzzing about the tent in the night. Surprised was an understatement. The rooms were large but cosy, there was electricity and a running shower and you felt very secure in them. (Also there wasn't an insect in sight). Bruce was a wonderful host and we all enjoyed hearing Maasai stories in the evenings after our game rides and along with the three coursed meals. The game rides were eye-popping. We saw everything that we wanted to see and as we were witnessing the incredible sights that we had only seen on Big Cat Diary, we were also informed with interesting facts about the animals from our Maasai guide Jonathan. Jonathan was a brilliant guide. He was capable of driving the truck along the dusty track, answering our constant questions and spotting camouflaged animals all at the same time. When we got back from the game ride we were greeted with hot water bottles in our beds followed shortly after with a large meal and a warm bonfire to chatter around. Lying in our beds at night we could also hear the giggling hyenas but we didn't feel worried in the slightest. I would definitely recommend the KIcheche Mara Camp and the marvellous staff. I had such a brilliant time and would love to go back! Megan Aged 16

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Staying a Kicheche camp exceeded our expectations in everyway. The accomodation was surprisingly luxurious with lovely touches like hot water bottles in the beds a night and being woken for morning safari with tea and homemade buscuits. The food and the hospitality were excellent and the welcome Rachel, Chris and Bruce gave made us feel at home immediately.
Jimmy was both a friendly and informative safari guide, talented at spotting animals and enabling us to good animal viewing and excellent photos.
Thank you to all the Team

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Acacia valley, Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
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Ranked #36 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Kicheche Mara Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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