Kicheche Bush Camp is a small, classic, intimate, luxury tented camp completely unfenced, amongst stunning whistling thorn acacias. The ultra low-impact spread of six guests tents in the trees and low escarpment beyond, provide the perfect hideaway in this outstanding wilderness.
Kicheche Bush Camp Location
Kicheche Bush Camp is located in the Masai Mara within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Reserve. The Conservancy, through it’s strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds. Further information on the Conservancy is available here. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts at your doorstep. The location is also ideal to enjoy the wildebeest migration. Access is from Ol Kiombo airstrip, 40 minutes game drive away.
Kicheche Bush Camp Accommodation
Six spacious luxury tents, fully insect-proof, with en-suite bathrooms and a flushing toilet, running cold water and hot safari showers. Solar power is provided 24 hours to your tent and the comfortable verandah chairs are perfect to relax in and offer great views over the game-filled plains. One tent can be converted into a triple on request.There is a well furnished lounge and dining tent, although mealtimes are generally alfresco if weather permits.
Kicheche Bush Camp Safari
Early morning and late afternoon are the most productive hours for game drives and their safari customised 4WD vehicles give everyone a perfect view. Watching wildlife at close range, but without encroaching on their space, is endlessly fascinating and their guides’ instincts and experience provide superb photo opportunities of wild animals.
Their vehicles are superbly designed for photographers, all our fleet is open-sided with open roofs. Cameras can be rested on the roof, with supplied beanbags, or on the armrests lower down, to which we can mount simple platforms for larger lenses.
Kicheche Bush Camp Activities
A different perspective is gained through escorted walks on the savannah. Our interpretive guides will point out the spoor of a leopard, the nest of a rare bird or signs of recent migration activity that would pass unnoticed by the eyes of stranger.
Kicheche Bush Camp now offers escorted walking safaris with overnight stays in a fly-camp in the bush. These excursions are led by one of Kicheche’s senior guides and an armed ranger. It is an outstanding opportunity to see the Mara from a completely different perspective and also offers some welcome exercise whilst on safari. You will explore the smaller aspects of savannah life – birds, grasses, and insects – and may even be lucky enough to encounter some larger game en-route.
Rigid daily schedules are not on our agenda, there are no hard and fast rules at Kicheche so guests can decide on the duration and frequency of their drives. Picnic breakfasts, lunches and sundowner drinks are popular options to include on game drives.
Guests can visit one of the local Maasai villages to see first-hand their way of life. A village guide or your Kicheche guide will give you an interpretive talk during your visit during which there may be some traditional dancing. Village made souvenirs are on sale. There is a charge of $15-$20 per person.
Community Trust Project
Kicheche’s Community Project & the Olare Orok Trust support a number of schools and projects in the greater area, it is usually possible to pay a visit to them. Any educational gifts or donations that you can contribute are an enormous help to the pupils.
Hot Air Ballooning
This a popular excursion in the Masai Mara. Balloons take off early each morning at sunrise and glide over the plains for approximately an hour before landing. Upon touchdown a champagne breakfast is set up before you. The excursion finishes with a game drive back to camp. Price is around US$450 per person and trips can be booked through your tour operator or with the balloon operator.
Kicheche Bush Camp Bush Weddings
Far from the clinical, charmless, coastal conveyor belt of marriages are Plains Weddings, Kicheche style. If you are going to tie a permanent knot, where better to do it under the watchful eye of an ancient Tortillis or Acacia tree, iconic, lonely sentinels that guard the priceless plains. The doves cooe in the crown of the tree, the zebras snort in the distance and a late afternoon sun illuminates the ceremony. Around the couple a steady pulse of Maasai chanting throbs and distant thunder massages the faraway escarpment. Waiting your turn in a huge hotel, waiting your turn in a concrete registry office -not the Kicheche way, you choose the tree, we’ll take care of the rest.
Kicheche Bush Camp Gallery
Kicheche Bush Camp Reviews
“Spent three full days with my family including three girls ages 16, 15 and 12. Darren & Emma, the couple that run the camp, are fantastic. Very engaging, funny, knowledgeable, easy going, customer focused, great with kids, etc. I could go on and on. Nelson was our guide and he did a great job. Very knowledgeable and friendly. It’s a wonderful place. Food was fantastic.” – RJNoel
“Yep – have just returned from my fourth stay at this amazing place! Just cannot stay away – everything about Bush Camp deserves the highest ratings – the guides especially – James, Nelson and Charles were with us this time; the happy, helpful camp staff and the hosts – Darren and Emma – all do everything to make your stay special. Even tthe wildlife put on the best ‘show’ for you – especially if you are a Big Cat lover like me!” – jacdow