Rating: Deluxe Price from: Â£290-Â£375 pp full board
Kicheche Mara Camp is in Mara North Conservancy, next to the Olare Orok stream. This is a private, unfenced conservancy just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The camp has calm and slightly less formal feel than some camps, and the team is relaxed and engaging. The guides are knowledgeable and have a good understanding of their clientsâ€™ needs, going that extra mile for a leopard sighting or that special sunset photograph.
There is flexible approach to activities which aims to avoid a regimented feel to game viewing, such as providing guests with the activities they want and at the time they wish.
Kicheche Mara Camp provides a variety of opportunities to view the Mara's stunning wildlife either on game drives or on foot. Additionally, being outside of the National Reserve means guests can have greater access to the Maasai culture. You can experience an authentic Maasai village with a cultural adviser on hand to answer questions and explain the inter-reliance of wildlife and communities.
The 8 tents are very comfortable with an en-suite bathroom, rustic furniture and decorated with Maasai artwork. Outside hammocks and easy chairs make enjoying the views and wildlife that bit easier.
The spacious lounge tent is well-furnished and has a considerable library including board games. The camp chef produces delicious meals with the menu featuring both African and international influences. In-camp meals are taken al fresco with guests sitting at the communal table with their hosts and some of the guides. Fresh bread and pastries are baked daily.
Open: the camp is closed in April and May during the worst of the rains.
Location: Kicheche Mara Camp is in the Acacia Valley of Mara North Conservancy. The camp is a 20 minute game drive from Mara north airstrip, or a roughly 5 hour drive from Nairobi.
Rooms: There are 8 canvas tents. These are spacious en-suite tents with proper beds, and a shower and flush loo. Triple and family tents can be requested. The tents have solar lighting.
Activities: Wildlife game drives are the main activity for most guests. These are flexible, so you might want to do a couple of trips a day (morning and afternoon/evening) or you might prefer to take a picnic and stay out longer. Game drives are in open-sided, open-roofed Land Cruisers, shared with other guests. (Exclusive use of a vehicle can eb requested, at extra cost). In addition to game drives you can take bush walks with an armed ranger. Should you want to extend your time out in the bush away from camp you could stay out in a fly camp (dome tents and a single bucket shower and toilet). This is however at extra cost and should be requested in advance. Visits to local Maasai villages are also offered if you are keen to find out about local culture.
Facilities: You can charge cameras and videos etc at the charging station in the dining tent. There is a bar. A laundry service is provided within the price.
Dining: There is a dining tent, but it is lovely to eat outside here if the weather is warm enough. Drinks are included with meals. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are provided for game drives if you are not coming back to camp for lunch.
Children: Children are welcome at the camp, however it is unfenced so adults must supervise children at all times. The camp has no baby equipment (eg high chairs etc).
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Mobile signals here can not be relied on and there is no wifi !
A perfect combination of Kenya's best game viewing and a week at an idyllic beach location.
"A great place to stay, well situated in the Mara North Conservancy. Only 8 spacious tents well distanced apart and therefore very private, all with en-suite with flushing wc and bucket showers with no shortage of hot water. Everything spotlessly clean and delicious fresh, well presented meals. Good idea to sit around camp fire with aperitifs before dining at a communal table along with hosts, Colin and Sammy, a delightful couple for whom nothing was too much trouble. The staff were always happy and smiling. It was a bonus to have 24hr solar/battery power especially when it came to re-charging cameras etc."