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Kicheche Bush Camp
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

From the time we landed at the Mara airstrip through to departing 3 days later, Paul, Darren & Emma's team were top notch and world class in every way. Every meal whether at camp or out on the Mara were excellent...how in the world do you achieve excellence way out here?! Meeting around the camp fire for drinks, sharing the days experiences under remarkable and stunning moonlit evenings, then sharing dinner meals with fellow guest was magical. Africa truly does strip one down and allows for no pretense. Patina was awesome...I'd venture to say after being on safari for 25 days with other guides that he is, quite simply the best in east africa. Thank you for sharing your Maasai culture and story with us. Listening to Maasai music while our safari walk was priceless. Keep up the good work everyone. We congratulate the Kicheche Bush Camp team, everyone of you, for delivery an awesome experience. Continued best wishes. We can't hardly wait to one seeing you again. Jon & Vicki RPV, CA

Room Tip: There are only 6,which is what makes this place great. We had elephant visit us in tent number one t...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had a wonderful 3 nights at this camp with the whole family loving the stay. After the original shock of my wife recognising the camp manager, Darren, as someone she babysat 30 years ago, we had laugh upon laugh. Darren and Emma were perfect managers (hosts!!!) and run a very effecient camp. The first thing that struck me was that we were the only 'first timers' in the camp! Ian from Derby had been three times this year already, Peter & Cami were on their second visit this year and Sue from South Carolina seems an annual guest - what a great recommendation that is and we certainly found out why!!
The tents are a good size and are more Glamping than Camping with real Armitage Shanks toilets in each ensuite tented bathroom!! Meal time is an experience with Darren and Emma hosting a private dinner party in the main tent with beautifully prepared meals. All the Masai staff were so pleasant and cheery.
The fantastic location in this conservancy within the Masai Mara gives you daily access to stunning experiences with wild animals. We saw all the big 5 here, plus the Kenyan Ugly 5 and many more in great driving days with our guide, Nelson.
The closeness to this wildness is no more apparent when you zip up the tents at night. This is an un-fenced camp and the sound of antlepoles, Lions, Buffalo, elephants roaming or grazing outside your tent during the night is unbelievable.
The walking safari is a must...breaks up the driving safaris and really let's you live the experience - although we were grateful we had the armed companion!!
We certainly loved this camp and would highly recommend Darren, Emma and their team!!

Room Tip: There are only 6 tents and all are as good as each other!!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Dominic G
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The camp was great and the managers very welcoming! We stayed three nights on our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. The service was excellent and the food very good! The bucket showers are hot and long, we we’re not expecting such a standard out in the wild. The hot water bottle service was the best thing ever, I slept like a baby, despite the lions, buffalos and elephants, that wandered the camp at night. Don’t worry, there is no danger as long as you stay in your tent. You see a lot of other jeeps, but it’s still ok during migration. The guide was ok, but we had better at other places. His English was mediocre and his knowledge sketchy in places. Still, we saw a leopard, loads of lions and cubs, as well as thousands of wildebeest. We definitely recommend kicheche!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank UrlaubimSueden
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Simple the best! We visited 4 safari camps on our trip to Kenya and Bush camp was by far the best. I wish I could give it 10 stars! We were greeted at the airstrip by Patrick and had a game drive on the way to camp. Camp managers Darren and Emma greeted as at camp and explained the process of how the camp operates with game drives, lunch, dinner, drivers etc before being escorted to your tent. This place is brilliant, amazing, lovely...I could go on. You really need to get here an experience it yourself. The camp is so well perfectly placed that the days just breeze past and you don't want to leave. Darren and Emma do an outstanding job of making camp feel like your home away from home, and the interaction with the other guests at dinner and lunch add to the ambience and atmosphere that makes this place so special. The guides are fabulous, their knowledge is fantastic and they can spot something in the far distance that you just cannot believe until you get closer and can see it for yourself! Full credit to them. All camp staff are ever so friendly and polite. We can't stop talking about this place and are already planning our visit back - for longer this time!

Room Tip: We had the last tent and enjoyed it greatly.
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our fourth safari in Africa and this camp is the absolute best experience ever. I cannot say enough good things about it. Camp hosts Darin and Emma are perfect for the job. They made sure everything was perfect. My wife eats gluten free and they handled that so well. The food and wine were outstanding, but it was the personal attention that really set this camp above all others. Darin and Emma saw you off on every game drive and met you when you returned. They ate with you and were funny and charming hosts. The camp is small so they can get to know each guest. The tens are very comfortable with flush toilets and the most wonderful bucket showers when you came in from the game drive. They had a charging area to recharge camera batteries. The wildlife is spectacular and is all around you. At night we heard lions roaring and buffaloes eating outside our tent. They are very safety conscious and you always felt safe.
Our guide, Patrick, was the best guide we have ever had. He went way beyond getting the picture, but really helped us to understand the dynamics of the different animal groups. We came away with a much deeper appreciation for what we were seeing. THIS PLACE ROCKS! Great job Emma and Darin.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank George W
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Darren, one of the camp managers, met us when we arrived from the Kicheche Mara Camp. I hadn't been feeling well, and the managers at Kicheche Mara had obviously conveyed this fact to the Bush camp, as Darren was very concerned with how I was feeling. He attributed the stomach problems with the malaria pills. I was fearing Montezuma's revenge, so that was a relief.
We were introduced to our fabulous new guide, Patrick, who is a KPSGA silver level guide and is about to take his gold level test. Then, Darren and Emma showed us to our wondeful family tent. It was furnished with two beds, chairs, lights, and had running water, a flushing toilet, and a bucket-shower, which wasn’t that bad, but we had to turn it off in-between sudsing.
After that afternoon's game drive, we met everyone else at the family style dinner in the main tent and had a fabulous three course meal complete with wine. Who would have thought that you could get 5 star level food in the middle of the African bush, and from a charcoal heated oven. After dark, Askari Guards escort you back to your tent, as you aren’t allowed to walk the camp alone at night, in case wild animals want a little bedtime snack - you can hear the lions roaring close to camp. Hot water bottles greeted us in our beds; surprisingly it gets very cold in Africa at the time of year we went.
One of the main reasons we wanted to move camps was b/c the Mara camp didn’t have any Leopard sightings. Not only did we see the Leopard at the Bush Camp, with her cub, but we got to watch a Cheetah kill, which is very RARE. We also saw elephants, gazelle, Topi, baboons, hippos, lions, vultures, and giraffes.
One afternoon, after lunch, we left camp, early to head to the River in hopes of seeing a River Crossing. The area for the crossing was outside of the conservancy, and was about a 1.5 hour drive. After about 10-15 mins of arriving, Patrick realized that some Wildebeest were about to cross, so we drove closer to get a better view. Sure enough, 2-3 decided to go and hundreds followed them in. All of a sudden we saw a crocodile waiting, looking like a log in the middle of the river. The first Wildebeest to get close enough to him was lunch. Getting to see a River Crossing is cool, getting to see a kill with a River Crossing is just plain lucky.
Leaving was bitter sweet, as we were going on to the Seychelles for our beach vacation, but we were sad to leave Kicheche Bush. Everyone was fantastic.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We have been to many camps and locations around kenya however I have to say this rates as one of the best. Kicheche Bush Camp is just that...right in the bush. Simple, but comfortable. Our hosts Darren and Emma could not have made us more welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. James our guide was a font of knowledge on birds as well as beasts, immensely likeable, incredibly patient with a lovely sense of humour. So for those of you who want to feel more in tune with the bush and nature this is the place..fabulous... However even for those of you who have never been on safari this will blow you away...

Maria D , Nairobi

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kicheche Bush Camp

Address: Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Suites
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Ranked #11 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $1,077 - $1,175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate luxury camp of only 6 tents located in the exclusive Olare Orok Conservancy of the Masai Mara. The camps top quality guides and hosts will ensure you a superb safari experience. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Kicheche Bush Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Kicheche Bush Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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