We thought we’d died and gone to heaven – a veritable paradise for wildlife photographers. As for the wildlife itself, our first day was so amazing we thought it couldn’t continue. We had only just got off the small plane and driven a couple of hundred yards when our guide Charles spotted a serval – we love to see small cats, but realise how difficult they are to find and we had never seen a serval before. And only a few yards further on, there were cheetah on a termite mound.
This stunning start was continued throughout our 6-night stay with even a TRIPLE “Catrick” all three of the big cat species - cheetah, lion and leopard - on each of three consecutive game drives). And the vehicle set up was great for photography – the best we’d ever experienced.
Emma, Darren and the delightful Bing’s hospitality was second to none, with even a special surprise romantic dinner for us. All of the staff were friendly, eager to please and efficient and our guide Charles was outstanding, with his expert knowledge ensuring we were in the right place at the right time for the best sighting opportunities. Okavango Tours and Safaris did us proud again – we asked for the best for good photo opportunities for photographing cheetah and they certainly delivered - we had many excellent sightings.
Other wildlife(animals) apart from cheetah, lion, leopard and serval mentioned above included buffalo, elephant, bushbaby, leopard tortoise, crocodile, bat-eared fox, mouse, terrapin, giraffe, various antelopes (hartebeest, dik dik, topi, reedbuck, eland, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, impala), agama, various bats (including yellow-winged acacia and leaf-nosed), hyena, olive baboon, white bearded wildebeest, frog, zebra, gecko, scrub hare, hippo, mantis, jackal, mongoose, vervet monkey, warthog.
Some of the more interesting birds were bare-faced go away bird, red cheeked cordon bleu, hamerkop, various hornbills (including African grey, red billed, southern ground), Marabou stork, grey backed shrike, little bee eater, cattle egret, lilac breasted roller, white browed coucal, various eagles (including African fish, black chested snake, bataleur, brown snake, tawny), sandpiper , ostrich, Rufous naped lark, grey crowned crane , Egyptian goose, kingfishers (grey headed, striped), secretarybird, slate coloured boubou , black kite, nightjar, various vultures (African white backed, hooded, lappet faced, Ruppel's griffon), grey heron, helmeted guineafowl, purple grenadier, silverbird , water thick knee, various storks (including yellow billed, woolly necked), Meyer's parrot.
And there were no doubt others we've forgotten to list.
One word sums it up - Wow!!
- 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