We were honored to be Kicheche Bush Camp's first set of guests arriving for the new season in Jun2014! Throughout our 3-night stay, we were blown away by the generous hospitality of Emma, Darren, their cute dog-Bing, and the team of wonderful camp staff! Off the airport strip, we were greeted by Charles-our guide. He's the best guide we have had! As another reviewer noted, Kicheche Camps have highly qualified and certified guides who know everything about wildlife, plants and geography in the region. Charles has keen eyes to spot all movements that untrained eyes do not normally pick up. His trusts in other animals' behavioral cues and patience to scan around rewarded us with spotting hidden animals! The conservancy has lots of wildlife. We saw lions, leopard, jackals, bat-eared foxes, hyenas, leopard tortoises, wild cat (which we were told are rare to see), hippos, cape buffalos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, etc. Kicheche Bush hosts yearly returning professional photography teams at their camps. Thus, all their guides have great experience working with professional photographers. Charles would always ask if we were getting great pictures we wanted and often suggested moving the vehicle to a different angle to view the animals or different direction to capture beautiful lighting. If you're interested in photography, it's fantastic to have a guide who anticipates your needs.
Upon arriving at the camp, we were greeted by our hosts-Emma and Darren. They are friendly, interesting and genuine people, who make you feel welcome and comfortable at the instant you meet them. The tent was spacious, clean, comfortable and has everything you need. Nothing beats having Joseph - the housekeeping staff - to bring us hot water for bucket showers at the end of everyday, hot water bottle for warming the bed at night, and coffee, biscuits & hot water in the morning before sunrise! Kennedy, Abraham, William and the kitchen staff work tirelessly to prepare and serve us wonderful food from their kitchen tent in the back. We love the arrangement to have breakfasts out in the bush. We stopped at different spots every morning, had a big spread of delicious breakfast served in the shade under some tree with amazing views.
We had lovely intimate conversations with Emma and Darren during our stay. They are attentive to our needs, and genuinely interested in hearing about our days and us as individuals. They gave us a little tour of their behind-the-scene operation. Hats off to them for running a camp with a team in a remote area with environmental concerns at heart, while providing a wonderful experience to guests!
Our best wishes to Charles on his Gold level guide exam later this year, and to Kicheche Bush Camp for a successful season! We hope this won't be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us, as we plan to return again!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Kicheche Bush Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Kicheche Bush Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve