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Kicheche Mara Camp
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Amazing!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Jimmy, George and Murad are among the guys you should look out for, they made our time on Safari a great exprience.
Charles and Kat did their best on camp to make us as comfortable as possible not forgetting the chefs and a very humours character who goes by the name of Micheal or waiter.
We went in a group of 12 of which 5 were kids, all of us enjoyed out time at Kicheche Mara.
Every morning you greeted by the sounds of a few animals nearby and by your room attendant who comes in at 6am with a choice of either coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You wake up have your hot drink and leave by 6:30 for your morning drive. brilliant.
The evening/sunset drive is amazing and on return to camp a manual hot bucket shower is the best i have experienced.
i Just got back and i am already choosing dates this year for my next trip.
Overall 10/10

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I have been on a few safaris and can absolutely recommend Kicheche Mara as a perfect camp to choose for your safari holiday. The camp is in a lovely location and there are great and varying landscapes on the drives you go on. The wildlife is as special as you would hope and more...it is all there for the wonderful guides there to find and show you. The Masai guides are great. We had Joseph who taught us a lot on our drives as well as the walk we took with him. The walk was really special, you get so close up to everything and learn about the plants, footprints, insects etc that you might miss on the drives. They are used to photographers and are sensitive to their requests and needs, and I have to admit that one of the best photos my camera took was one that Joseph took for me of a leopard!
The food in the camp is absolutely outstanding, and it's lovely that they invite you to look round the kitchens and gardens where they grow most of your fresh meals. All the staff were amazing, big smiles, an easy, happy, relaxing and friendly atmosphere abounds in this camp. The tents are very comfortable and are all located with great views of the bush, and you get to see the monkeys close up and some of the game that wanders close by. The security is great, and Masai guides escort you to and from your tent at night. My favourite part was the hot bucket shower ready when we got back from the evening game drive!
Cat was the manager when we were there and really is a perfect host. She runs a friendly and welcoming camp that we had our best times in Kenya in. My family went there for my father's 80th birthday, and Cat and all the Kicheche staff made him feel so special, dancing around the table singing with a cake for him, happy memories!
I couldn't have been more impressed, or have wanted more from my safari. Top marks and thank you Cat, Joseph, all the cooks and team who made us feel so welcome and happy and showed us the wonders of the bush.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Todds02
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Drammen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Absolutely worth a visit! Great staff, exciting and great gamedrives, good food, smalltalk around the bonfire, luxurious "tents" and perfect for families! If you are thinking about it - do it!! You will get a lot of wonderful memories ;)

  • Stayed December 2012
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

This camp is in the most natural setting imaginable and we were thrilled to watch giraffe, zebra and baboons from our porch.
All the tented rooms and public accommodation sit inconspicuously in the park and our tent - with en suite flushing loo and bucket shower - was better appointed than many hotel rooms I've stayed in.
The seemingly endless number of Masai staff were as friendly as one would wish and were always on hand when required. Food was excellent and varied, with vegetables from the camp's own garden.
Our Masai driver had an encyclopaedic knowledge not just of the animals in the park but also of their habits, and we were amazed when he accurately predicted a cheetah's route through the bush, and then positioned our Landrover so we could watch her take down a young gazelle.
This was our first safari. If we go to Africa again we'll doubtless explore another region, but we were so taken with Kicheche Mara Camp that we'll try to fit in a couple of days' repeat visit.
My one slight disappointment was there wasn't adequate hot water for my wife and I properly to shower AND wash our hair. We got round this by alternating hair washing days but a solar thermal hot water system for each tent would be a vast improvement. However don't let this put you off staying here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

The location of the camp is lovely and the tents themselves are well designed although in the small side. Our guide was superb and took huge trouble to give us interesting experiences and fascinating information. He was always on the look out to make the most of our game drives. And the Mara is a rich experience indeed. However five or six or even seven vehicles jostling for position around a sleepy cheetah made my son and I very uncomfortable and although this didn't happen often it did make us feel sometimes we were in a zoo.

Kicheche have thought out what they aim to provide and the camp seemed very well run. The staff were efficient and the food was good. You are allocated one guide who stays with you during all your game drives so can design as rounded an experience as possible. However there is little flexibility about when game drives and meal times happen and it sometimes felt as though we were being rounded up like a herd of animals. I can appreciate that it's difficult trying to please everyone but maybe more choice could be made available.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it but maybe we should have been bolder about asking for a slightly different programme.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Although not the most luxurious, this camp is located in probably one of the best spots. It will work for you the best in case you have limited time you can spend in Mara region and want the see the very best of diverse wildlife. The best camp service with the most knowledgeable guides with very best driving skills to beat all the others - believe me, you'll need all that if you want to be the first in line to see the crossing with unobstructed view. The size of your camera, coming out to the river bank early...simply DOES NOT matter if you don't have the very best driver in this situation when everything is unpredictable. AND DON'T FORGET TO TIP THEM BIG WAY :-) Check out the photos we took with very small and simple tourist camera :-)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, CA USA
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

I returned in November 2012 to Kicheche Mara Camp after having visited the year before. Cat and Charles, who manage the camp now, are a delight. Cat spends the most time with guests, and she is warm, friendly, very knowledgeable and runs a well-organized camp. In short, the same high caliber as you can expect at all Kicheche camps. All the staff are friendly, and they are happy to help you work on improving your Kiswahili, if you're interested. Tents are luxurious, private and with beautiful views. The food is amazing, and they are happy to accommodate a vegetarian. I will return as soon as I can. I love this place!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kicheche Mara Camp
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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