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Kicheche Mara Camp
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Kicheche Mara Camp”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had a fantastic stay at Kicheche Mara Camp with our 2 teenage children recently. This is our third safari and defnitely the best! The wildlife was just so abundant and the scenery just epic, especially around the camp in the North Consevency. Our driver George was amazing, he knew so much about the wildlife and always seemed to know the best spot to get great photos. The camp managers were so welcoming and all the staff so helpful. Special mention to Michael who was so kind and caring when our daughter had a problem with her eyes. The tents were stunning, so spacious and secluded. We had the tent which was furthest away and faced out on its own onto the savannah, such privacy and seclusion, it felt like it was just us and the animals!
We got to see the great migration which is so special and had the most amazing sightings of a leopard and just so many lions! We stayed just 3 nights and definitely wished we'd stayed longer. It was definitely the highlight of our holiday and I would go back there in a heart beat!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

David, our guide, picked us up from the airstrip, and immediately took us on our evening game drive. We saw Mongoose, Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelles, Topi, Elephants, Lionesses with baby cubs, and African Buffalo. David had packed our "sundowners," so we enjoyed drinks at sunset before moving on to camp. As you come down into the bowl of the the camp, you realize that it is in a beautiful location.
Collin and Sammy, the camp managers, greeted us and explained to us how things worked at the camp.They were friendly, and personable. It was clear that their number one concern is your safety, followed closely by your comfort.
We then met everyone else at the family style dinner in the main tent and had a fabulous three course meal complete with wine. Askari Guards escorted us back to our tent, as, after dark you aren’t allowed to walk the camp alone at night, in case wild animals want a little bedtime snack.
Our tent was very nicely furnished, with running water, a flush-able toilet, a bucket shower, and drinking water. We went in winter time, so they had hot water bottles on each side of the bed - what a nice surprise as you climb into bed.
David was an excellent guide. If it wasn't for him, I don't think that we would have seen what we saw. We saw Elephants, Hyenas, Lions, Cheetahs, African Buffalos, Hippos, Giraffes and Ostriches.
Morning game drives start around 6:30 AM, after a wake up call with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and biscuits. You return to camp around 11 AM, then have lunch at 1 PM. Afternoon game drives start at 4 PM. On one of our days we left a little earlier than everyone else because we had an hour-long drive to the White Rhino Conservancy - they are such an endangered species that they protect them in a certain area of Kenya. After leaving the Rhinos, David drove us to a lookout point to take a beautiful picture of the Masa Mara in all it’s glory. The next adventure on our list for the day was a visit to a Masaii Village. They met us at the gate singing and dancing; they showered us with beautiful clothes and jewelry and then taught us how to dance with them. They next taught our son how to start a fire with just two pieces of wood (hard wood and soft wood). They got some embers built up, put those in dried elephant dung and then proceeded to blow until it ignited.
My wife got sick on the morning that we were supposed to move to Kicheche Bush. If it was an issue, we never knew. Collin and Sammy were very accommodating, and took care of us as if we were one of their family. They told us that we could stay an extra day if needed. After drinking electrolytes, and taking some meds, she felt good enough to travel, and so we moved on to the Bush camp.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Kicheche Mara was our second Kicheche camp, having started our trip at Laikipia (which was also fabulous). We were collected by Jimmy, who throughout our stay was very kind, sensitive to our interests and needs as a family, incredibly knowledgeable about the Mara wildlife and the environment and a real gentleman. He was very good at positioning the vehicle for great photos and filming. He worked hard to track down the rock hyrax and other more unusual species our son was keen to see, as well as finding magical sightings of the Valley pride, Olive the leopard and her cub, elephants, hippos, crocs, wonderful bird life etc etc!

Sammy and Colin are a delightful couple and excellent camp managers. They provided a very caring and personal service and made us feel extremely welcome and well looked after. The food was delicious and varied and we thoroughly enjoyed one very special evening where a fellow guest turned 18 and we were treated, not only to a delicious birthday cake, but also a birthday celebration song Masai style from the chefs and their team!

Our family tent was very comfortable and well equipped (though not quite as large as at Laikipia), with great views and very private. Bucket showers were much better than anticipated and quite a fun element of the whole experience. The location of the camp in Acacia Valley is gorgeous.

Safari vehicles are brilliant for tackling the off road driving required, although we preferred the design of those at Laikipia which had opening windows rather than open sides and where sitting on the roof was easier! Ponchos in the vehicles were very welcome for cold early mornings and after sundown.

The whole team, from the night guards to the managers were very caring and very quickly learned and used our names, which is a lovely touch. They also show great commitment to the values and ethos of the Conservancy and were very enthusiastic about the benefits it is bringing both to the local communities and to visitors to the camps.

It was a great privilege to visit the Mara, to see the incredible wildlife, to stay in such a wonderful location and to be looked after by the very special team at Kicheche Mara. We would love to return one day.

Room Tip: All tents appeared to have great views and privacy. Some are a reasonable walk from the main camp ar...
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

From the moment we were picked up from the airfield to the moment we flew away we were treated so well. David, our guide, was so lovely, he was knowledgeable and went out his way to stop when we wanted to take photographs, and positioned the vehicle for the best shots. He explained everything and told us about the animals, he was so enthusiastic. When we got to camp we were met with drinks and a welcome by Cat, the assistant manager, who explained all the rules. During our stay everyone at the camp was so helpful and friendly. We met Sammy and Colin the camp managers the second day, they were also very nice and helpful. Our son celebrated his 18th birthday while we were there and everyone made it so special including bubbly and a fire to watch the sun go down, also Henry the chef and others made him a birthday cake and served it with such style :) The tents were very comfortable and the service was second to none. Thank you Michael, Fred and Hudson.The viewing of animals was very good, as were the sunrises and sunsets.Thank you for wonderful memories

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We arrived here after spending 3 nights at the Kicheche Laikipia camp (excellent camp - going to be a hard act to follow) to spend 3 nights here. This is our 1st time with Kicheche but the 3rd to this region so our expectations were high, well Sammy and Colin did not disappoint - this is an oasis of luxury far from the maddening crowd. Our objective was to enjoy the Mara, the Maasai and the animals within, which we most definately did. The days were long and hard but the most enjoyable humbling experience we could wish for. Our guide George was excellent, his skills in tracking the game and positioning the landcruiser for us to get the best filming position to take in the action and there was plenty of that. The best thing was that there were not the masses of vehicles chasing one poor cat, more often than not you were the only vehicle present watching the lion cubs play while the rest of the pride ate heartily on a Zebra that had only just been caught. Our tent (Tembo - elephant in Swahili) was clean and well positioned overlooking the valley beyond. From our veranda we watched the impala, zebra and wilderbeast grazing whilst taking a short break between lunch and afteroon tea before heading out on our late afternoon safari and sundowner drinks and nibbles. Although no perimeter fence encircled the site we did feel safe as the camp was patrolled by the Maasai at night. But we still kept listening in case an elephant went passed our tent. We did hear the odd Simba roaring and hyenas chattering but neither made any house calls.
This was an enlighting experience with people that truly care, you can't get much better than that. Thank you to all the team at the Mara camp for making this a Safari never to forget.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

For me, luxury is being well looked after in a place that holds and gives treasured memories. That's Kicheche. There is a place for tourists, but only with due respect for the Maasai and the animals. A place of connectedness. I dream of returning.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Came here for our honeymoon and spent 5 nights at kicheche. The experience has humbled me greatly.

As well as having amazing food, great game drives and luxury accommodation-I have the utmost respect for the managers and staff at this camp. The welfare of the animals is their first concern, yet they constantly made efforts to let us see a variety of animal, insects, birds and plants. Jimmy our guide is a true gent with knowledge money cannot buy. Cat and I bonded over numerous dinner time discussions and the other staff such as David, Fred, Hudson and Michael felt like old friends. A great honour to start of married life seeing lions, cheetahs, leopards, and elephants to name only a few. We also did the fly camping which included a 2 hour walk and then a private camp sent up on the mara. Very romantic. The balloon ride we booked was also spectacular.

On behalf of my husband and I-thanks to all at kicheche. We will miss you.

  • Stayed July 2013
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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
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Ranked #29 of 140 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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