Rating: Deluxe Price from: £350-£445 pp full board
Kicheche Valley Camp is a small luxury camp set amongst trees in the 50,000 acre Naboisho Conservancy. It is the most luxurous of the four Kicheche camps. Guests can enjoy game drives, guided walks and village visits. The conservancy is home to a vast number of wildlife including large numbers of giraffe, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and a variety of antelope. There are also hippo and crocodiles and this is a great bird watching destination.
The 6 tents provide comfortable accommodation with cedar beds, bedside tables, luggage racks and soft rugs. All have an en-suite bathroom with shower and flush toilet. The lounge tent overlooks the spring which attracts a variety of wildlife. Guests can relax here between game drives, enjoying a refreshing drink and perusing the reference books. Most meals are served outdoors and are based on European and Western fare with occasional African dishes. There is a souvenir shop selling handicrafts made by families of camp staff.
There are twice daily game drives in the early morning and late afternoon, the latter also including sundonwers in the bush. At other times guests can relax at the camp, enjoy the fine food, take an escorted nature walk or visit a local Masai village.
Open: Kicheche Valley Camp is open from 1st June till 31st March.
Location: Kicheche Valley Camp is in the Naboisho Conservancy in the Masai Mara eco-system. The nearest airstrip is ol Sekii, just 10 minutes’ drive from the camp.
Rooms: There are 6 spacious, fully insect-proofed tents. They are equipped with wooden frame beds, bedside tables, luggage racks and rugs. The en-suite bathrooms have showers, twin hand basins and flush toilets. There are large verandas. Mineral water is provided in guest tents each day.
Activities: The camp offers game drives, nature walks with a Kicheche guide and an armed ranger and visits to local Maasai villages. It is possible to visit projects supported by Kicheche’s Community Trust.
Facilities: The lounge tent overlooks a spring where animals gather. There are reference books for guests to browse through at their leisure. Meals are generally served in the open air, but can be served in the lounge tent if weather dictates. The cuisine is mainly European with some African dishes. Evening drinks are served by the camp fire. Massages can be arranged on request. The camp has facilities for charging camera and video batteries. There is a daily laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken communally. Private dinners can be arranged by your tent.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, although there are no specific children’s facilities and it should be noted that the camp is completely unfenced.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: The mobile signal is unreliable and there is no internet access.
"For me, Kicheche Valley Camp was the highlight of my safari. Brendan and Val, the camp managers are wonderfully welcoming, and full of interesting stories about Kenya and the other places they have visited and lived in. The guides and camp staff are absolutely top-notch, and the overall atmosphere is more like staying with friends in their country house than being a guest in a hotel. The Naboisho Conservancy is an excellent area for game viewing and is quieter than the main reserve while still having all the wildlife."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499