Kicheche Laikipia

Reviews of Kicheche Laikipia

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Below are independent comments from 21 of our travellers who have visited Kicheche Laikipia, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr W from Stockton
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia review

This was a great camp. Felt at home right away. Huge tent. I think I got the family one. Very well appointed, clean and comfortable. Fantastic hosts in Andrew and Louise. Guiding from Peter was tremendous. Very knowledgeable. Location of the camp was great. Visit to see Sudan the rhino was quite sad and emotional. Some excellent wildlife sightings. Overall a tremendous experience. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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Ms P from London
Arrived on: 12-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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An unexpected treat

I was relocated to Kicheche Laikipia a few days before I travelled, due to the unrest in northern Laikipia a few days. It's a lovely camp, with a beautiful setting and very comfortable tents - the potted plants were an unusual but really lovely touch. The food was exceptional - as was the company of assistant manager, Andrew: I was the sole guest at times, as it was nearing the end of season, and I very much enjoyed our conversations about everything from photography to politics in Kenya.

The reserve is beautiful, with some wide open plans, and there are good herds of elephant and eland; I also had some good lion sightings. I did a walk one morning with one of the rhino conservation scouts, which I would recommend.

My guide was quite young, and perhaps didn't appreciate just how experienced a safari-goer I was, but with a vehicle to myself, I could also make suggestions or requests as needed. The overall experience was not quite as remote as I had hoped for - perhaps that is more the case in northern Laikipia, where I was due to go; here you can see twinkling lights of the town in the distance, and the reserve is still used for cattle grazing so there are many artificial watering holes, which can be a little jarring - but it was very pleasant nonetheless and I very much appreciate their last-minute hospitality.

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Ms B. from Grapevine
Arrived on: 27-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia review

Kicheche Laikipia was our first tented safari. The location of our tent overlooked a small dammed area where elephants and buffalo came regularly to drink and play. Great way to spend the afternoon watching this from our front porch. The food at Laikipia was 5-star! Sonja and the chefs prepared meals that were very tasty and the presentation was impressive. Of course, the ambience of the dinning area with a fireplace created a warm and intimate dining experience.

The guides - Andrew and Albert - were very knowledgeable and Andrew provided a lot of insight into Kenyan culture as well; very interesting and informative conversations. We were told that the guides make a difference in one's safari experience and Andrew and Albert did not disappoint. Also, Andrew had a photographer's eye which was very helpful in for those of us who are not so expert at taking pictures.

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Mrs M. from Appledore
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cosseted at Laikipia.

Peter jnr. collected us from Nanuke and was an entertaining and interesting guide on the way to the camp. Andy and Sonja could not have been more accommodating hosts and made sure that everything ran smoothly and our every need was met. They and the rest of the staff took great pains to make Christmas special, with festive lunch under an acacia, staff singing and presents of fudge made by the chef. Candle-lit dinner in the evening. Game drives were always interesting, though not quite the same numbers and different species I'm used to in Zambia. Different habitat of course. It was a privilege to see rhino. Peter snr. was an informed and informative guide.

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Ms F from London
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia

Sonja and Andy were so very warm and welcoming.

We had an excellent Christmas there

The food was excellent

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Dr N. from Corby
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent safari

Excellent food, comfort and service

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Mr & Mrs G - Michigan
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Awesome tents!

This was our first stay at a Kicheche camp and we were certainly not disappointed. The trip in from the Nanyuki airstrip is not long, and we were initially concerned that it would feel too close to town and not feel like we were in the wilderness. However, once we arrived at the camp, its setting feels remote and uncrowded. Managers Andy and Sonja are gracious and welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed dining with them at each meal. Sonja always joined us for lunch outdoors overlooking the waterhole, and Andy joined the guests each evening for dinner.

The tents are luxurious, with great lighting and ample hot water supplied even though the camp is very eco-friendly and runs on solar power. The charging station for our batteries is located in the lovely dining tent. The staff was attentive and helpful, and even the askari who escorted us to and from our tents after dark greeted us by name and asked after our welfare whenever we saw them. The camp does have an electric wire fence around it to keep the large game out, but we nevertheless needed guards to accompany us in the evening.

The food was wonderful, fresh, and plentiful and I'm sure that we gained weight during our stay. Sonja is responsible for the menus, and even has published a cookbook of some of the camp favorites. It was hard to pass up the delicious desserts that were served at both lunch and dinner! A variety of wines were offered each day, and we know that the kitchen is able to accommodate special dietary needs.

We stayed five nights and had Peter as our guide each day. He was quite new to this camp, but did a great job of finding wonderful things to see and we never felt crowded. In the Ol Pejeta area, the wildlife is not as plentiful as in some other areas we have visited, so the guides must work harder to find it. But our patience was amply rewarded with great sightings of cheetah, lions, giraffe, and of course, rhinos.

Rhino viewing is amazing in the Ol Pejeta area. We saw both Southern white and black rhinos, and visited the conservancy headquarters to see the few remaining Northern whites and heard the story of their attempts to save them from extinction. We did a morning walk there with a ranger, and then returned another day to see how they train the team of search and attack dogs that defend against poachers. We had the fun experience of hiding in the bush and being tracked by a bloodhound to demonstrate his searching skills to us.

We enjoyed this camp very much and highly recommend it.

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V & A
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia review

There was quite a cold wind blowing for the duration of our stay, which we felt may have contributed to the wildlife being rather hunkered down for a fair bit of the time, and certainly made for pretty dusty conditions. We were however very taken with the beautiful landscape and fantastic views of Mt Kenya, the Aberdares etc and managed to get some lovely sightings including a superb black rhino on our last morning.

The tents were very spacious and secluded, though certainly on the chilly side early in the morning and in the evening - the hot water bottles and blankets provided were much required and appreciated. Water flasks were supplied for drinking, tooth cleaning etc and the other non potable water for washing was very brackish (not so great for sensitive skin . . . ).

We found the manager Andy a charming and professional host (unfortunately Sonja was unwell during our visit and we did not get to meet her) and the food almost too plentiful; three courses at lunch as well as at dinner was a bit overwhelming even for us after a day or two! Special thanks however are due to the camp for all the efforts they made with a specific dietary request we had.

Finally we really enjoyed the short game walk we did and in particular our visit to the Northern White Rhino sanctuary which was a very nicely done and educational experience.

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Mr and Mrs B from Somerset
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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It doesn't get any better than this!!!

After our slightly disappointing departure from Campi ya Kanzi, we approached Kicheche Laikipia with some trepidation. Any worries were immediately dispelled. We were met at the airstrip by Albert, who was our guide for the rest of the trip and proved to be wonderful.

Arriving at the camp an hour later, we were met by Andy who showed us to our beautiful lodge and sat us down with a drink to gently explain how the system worked and what was available to us. All the time sitting by their lovely lake watching an elephant walk by on the other side. Sonja joined us for a late lunch which was absolutely delicious and we received some good advice from other guests, suggesting half portions in future!

The game drives with Albert were wonderful, including breakfasts and sundowners, seeing lots of animals, birds and plants, all in beautiful surroundings. Albert was so considerate, always seeming to know where to stop the vehicle for the best light for photos. His knowledge and gentle humour totally charmed us for the three days we were with him. When he took us back to the airstrip at the end of our stay, he even insisted on staying until our plane took off.

Andy meahwhile, sorted out an itinerary for us, including a visit to the rhino sanctuary and a guided walk with Ranger Robert. At this point Russell developed toothache and we had to disrupt everything and be driven to Nanyuki for antibiotics, ;meaning that Andy had to re-organise our itinerary which he took in his stride. Nothing was too much trouble.

The food was fantastic, as was the attention to detail. William and Nixon, our two serving staff were so professional and charming as was our night security, Bernard. They all always had a smile and a chat and were interested to hear what we had been doing. Once the guests who were there when we arrived had departed, we were the only ones left and there was always Andy or Sonja waiting to welcome us back and entertain us with their charming stories at lunch and in the evenings.

Andy and Sonja are the most charming hosts anyone could wish for and their lovely, relaxed management style obviously engendered great respect and affection from their staff which was reflected in their wonderful treatment of us. We were sad to leave and will be back if possible.

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Ms R - Leicester
Arrived on: 1-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Wonderful stay at Kicheche

The food at Kicheche is absolutely superb but I had to move to half portions and still ended up skipping one or two meals. Sonja's reputation as a cook is well-deserved but I couldn't do the food justice. The tents are huge and nicely decorated. All the staff were friendly and anxious to be of service and there were one or two lovely unexpected touches such as the hot water bottles when we went on a night game drive.

Also excellent is the resident guide Andrew (silver-qualified and thinking about gold). He added immeasurably to my safari experience; he was so knowledgeable about the birds and animals we saw. He was able to explain why an animal was behaving in a particular manner.

There were so many special moments; feeding the 3-month-old baby rhino, being surrounded by a pack of very curious Spotted Hyenas (including one who tried to eat the spare tyre cover), watching a pair of lions stalk and fail to kill a warthog.

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