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“Great camp,friendly staff,amazing wildlife”
Review of Kicheche Bush Camp

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Kicheche Bush Camp
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

Beautiful camp site very close to the game. As animals don't respect park boundaries we had the richness and variety of the Masaai Mara without the large numbers of vehicles. Tents excellent with lighting, hot water bottles and lots of storage space. Food was very good and served by deightful staff. Our guide Jimmy was excellent and made sure we had very varied drives.
If you have time it is worth doing a walk as we did with Greg, the manager for amazing views.
Would recomend this camp to anyone wanting a true bush experience.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2009

First visited with my wife June '08 but had to return; this time as a treat for my mother. One night, every person around the dinenr table (apart from my mum) were repeat visitors which tells its own story. Special because only 6 tents with all the necessary luxuries but still with the feeling of camping. Climate is perfect - sunny, dry & warm air (mid 20's?) and gentle breeze. No mosquitoes on either visit. Camp sits in our conservancy so only 2 other small camps share 30,000+ acres of lions, cheetah, leopards etc so only ever see 1-2 other vehicles at a time. Escorted walking safari is worth doing, as is a visit to a village. Hospitality is perfect. Food very good. Staff smily and keen to satisfy. Already planning my next visit for 2010 with my kids too.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2009

This is a very intimate camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy. The tents are very well equipped with en-suite facilities & the bed very comfortable, with some nice little home touches. Safety is of paramount importance & you are escorted at night to the dining tent & back. A torch & a walkie talkie in your tent is also supplied if you have any problems in the night.
We had a very warm welcome from our host Anna & the staff who were so friendly & cheerful.
As the conservancy only allows a few small camps it means the game viewing is very relaxed without the over abundance of vehicles, as in the Mara. Our guide Nelson was superb in spotting the game & was extremely knowledgeable. We really enjoyed having our picnic breakfasts out on the plain as well as the sundowner drink to round off our viewing day.

The food was superb, the menus were truly inspired - service was excellent, & we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

Having stayed at a few camps in the Mara area, I can easily say that Kicheche Bush Camp is my favourite. Very relaxed, comfortable and located right next to the Mara Reserve, meaning game drives literally start from the camp. Some camps are in dense wooded areas, with restricted views, but Bush Camp is there, in the open, with great views right from your own chair. The wildlife is superb and the guides know how to find it. Kicheche's vehicles are large, open sided and strong. You do not feel cramped in the vehicles and they even provided beanbags to rest your camera on for taking good photos, which was a nice touch!

The standards are high in every department, you will not go wrong at this camp. And the beds, they are like your beds at home, and this is a camp!, fantastic. I'm going back.

Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

Previous reviews cover the quality of the camp, location, tents, facilities, food and staff and we confirm they are all excellent. The position and guides are exceptional. We saw 3 migration crossings including a crocodile kill, all the big cats several times, including cubs and had lots of bonus treats. It was a lot more than just spotting the odd animal. e.g. We saw a confrontation between a leopard with cubs and Hyenas and a Cheetah with cubs stalking a gazelle and then being diverted while her cubs chased a mongoose up a tree and then tried to follow it.
We used Cedarberg who organised it impecably.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

Fanatastic location for a safari. Easy 45 minute flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
Superb tented accomodation - tent with 2 comfortable single bed, linen and duvet plus hot water bottle at night. Separate covered patio area attached to main tent. Walk in wardrobe with washing facilities. Separate hot shower and separate flushing toilet .
Each tent is about 40 - 50 m apart giving complete privacy. Entirely safe as Masai Ascari guards will escort you around the campsite at night from your tent to the central dining tent. Despite its remote location the food is amazing for both meat eaters and vegetarians and all drinks including wines are excellent and includied in the price. Staff in camp are very polite and accomadating.

Safari vehicles are comfortable and masai guides/drivers are very caring and excellent at finding all the game. Breakfast and lunch often served whilst out for the day.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this lifechanging experience.

Anthony Gershuny
Hampstead, UK
UK

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

This was my fourth visit to Kicheche, three times with Paul Goldstein leading the trip, once on my own. I have been to Kicheche main camp, migration camp, and most recently Bush Camp.

Bush camp is the most luxurious of the three, but having said that they are all far removed from camping in any conventional sense.

The facilities are first rate, the staff helpful, friendly and very efficient. The food is outstanding by any standards and it is fit to grace the best restaurants.

The free daily laundry service is a huge bonus since the recent drought has turned the Mara into a dust bowl, lets hope that the rains come soon.

But...... the camp site is merely a place to rest and refuel, the main business of any trip to the Mara is the game drives. It is here that the Kicheche guides make there presence felt. They are the best in the business, they ensure that your day is filled with outstanding wildlife experiences, each day is different and brings it's own rewards. As a keen photographer I can think of nowhere that I would rather be (apart maybe from the poles).

As I stated at the outset I have been four times and I am already planning my fifth visit.

I cannot recommend Bush Camp too highly.

  • Stayed: October 2009
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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
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $708 - $1,652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kicheche Bush Camp 4*
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 
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