Kicheche Bush Camp is in Kenya's Masai Mara, within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Reserve. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts right from the camp itself. This is an ideal place to experience the wildebeest migration.
This is a small intimate seasonal camp which, whilst providing a true African bush experience does not compromise on comfort or service. Each of the 6 en-suite tents is furnished with twin or double beds, linen, bedside tables, luggage racks and rugs. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with a dresser, flushing toilet and a traditional safari bucket shower with a view. There are comfortable chairs on each verandah overlooking the plains. One tent can be converted into a triple on request. There is a spacious, well furnished lounge and dining tent, although most of the time dining takes place outdoors.
The 'normal' daily routine at Kicheche Bush Camp consists of a wake up call at your tent door with tea, coffee or hot chocolate with home made biscuits delivered. Then an early morning game drive at sunrise and back to camp late morning for a leisurely breakfast outside the lounge. Alternatively breakfast can be a picnic eaten during the game drive. After lunch in camp you enjoy a siesta under the shade of your veranda or rest in the lounge. Afternoon game drives go out about 4pm after tea and cakes when the temperature drops and the animals are more active again. Sundowners are enjoyed out on the plains then you return to camp, freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks round the camp fire and dinner by candle light.
Open: The camp is closed during April and May during the long rains.
Location: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara. Olare Orok airtstrip is just a quarter of an hours drive away.
Rooms: There are 6 en-suite luxury tents accommodating 2 guests per tent. There is one which can be turned in to a triple if required. Each en-suite bathroom has a flush loo, safari (bucket) shower, and a washbasin with running cold water. The tents are fully insect proof, and each one has 24 hour solar-powered lighting. Every tent has a small veranda.
Activities: 2 game drives a day, visits to local Maasai villages, escorted nature walks from camp are all offered here. Fly camping is also possible, usually combined with a walking safari. Hot air balloon rides can be arranged at additional cost. During term time it is possible to visit the local school. The day is structured to guests own requirements.
Facilities: The lounge is equipped with a small reference library you are welcome to look through, and has plenty of comfy seating. The open sided dining tent overlooks the open savannah plains. A laundry service is also included in your stay. Camera and video batteries can be charged on the central system in the dining tent. The inverter system is backed up with a generator. There is a souvenir shop. Laundry is included.
Dining: Meals are usually eaten outside weather permitting, but there is a dining tent for cover if needed. All meals and drinks are included.
Children: Children are accepted but please be aware that this camp is not fenced. No specific activities are provided for children and cots etc for babies are not provided.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: Limited and unreliable mobile signal, WiFi is available in the lounge area.
The four Kicheche camps minimise their impact on the environment by such means as removing all non-biodegradable waste to Nairobi, using recycled charcoal dust pellets for water heating, and using solar power for all lighting and refrigeration. In addition they minimize wastage from plastic drinking bottles each room has a dispenser filled with mineral water.
The camps fund the Kicheche Community Trust which helps projects in and around the conservancy communities where they operate. Their mission is to encourage the preservation of the environment whilst improving the welfare of the community through improved health and education facilities. They strive to empower the community through revenue earning projects too. The Trust builds on four corner posts of Community Welfare: Education, Health and Family Care, Community Empowerment and Environmental Conservation.
They also support the Koiyaki Guiding School which trains local Masai to become guides. The Kicheche Community Project has fast become a reliable source of funding for projects in and around the Aitong area, such as the Olkimitare Nursery School, Aitong Academy Primary School, and the CMF Aitong Health Clinic.
"Highly recommended. Food was delicious, the hosts were very nice and very helpful (Anna). I would rate this camp as the best of all the safari."