Kicheche Laikipia

Reviews of Kicheche Laikipia

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Below are independent comments from 23 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 V from Texas
Arrived on: 29-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia review

Laikipia provided a nice contrast to our time, spent later, in the Mara conservancies, both in terms of landscape as well as sightings of certain northern species, such as Reticulated Giraffe and Beisa Oryx, that don’t occur in the Mara.

Our guide, Peter; was top-notch and very hard working (not to mention very friendly and jovial), and we had superb sightings (a porcupine being chased by a hyena at dawn, week-old lion cubs coming out of the den for the first time and cavorting around) solely because of his diligence.

Of the three Kicheche camps we stayed at during our trip, our tent set-up at Laikipia was probably the best — the tent was very spacious and hot water is available on demand — no bucket showers here (not that we have any problem with those). The food was also a little fancier and more creative here than at the other lodges (although we happily cleaned our plates throughout the trip).

As at the other Kicheche properties, the management here did an excellent job of meeting all our needs within an informal, relaxed and unstuffy framework. To my surprise, except for our first afternoon/evening, we were the only guests in camp (it was late January — low season), but no shortcuts were taken as a result. We still had a lovely buffet lunch every day, drinks around the camp fire every evening before dinner. With lions roaring at night, and a family of elephants visiting the waterhole in front of the camp every afternoon, and just us and the staff, it was a very exclusive experience. The manager, Louise, even organized a special sundowner at the top of one of the highest points in Ol Pejeta so that we could all see the lunar eclipse one evening. Very nice.

We’d happily stay here again.

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Mr. & Mrs C - Berwick
Arrived on: 18-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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High drama at Elephant Corner!

The feel at this tented bush camp is just right. Manager Louise and all her staff have got everything spot on.
The location is stunning overlooking a dam where lots of animals and birds come to drink and bathe. Most lunchtimes we were entertained by elephant, giraffe, buffalo and antelopes as well as the (always noisy) Egyptian geese and pelicans.
Ol Pejeta is an old cattle ranching area and the many water troughs around attract lots of wildlife and offer lots of photo opportunities. Guide Peter was excellent, especially in positioning the jeep for good pictures.
Staying five nights enabled us to reach most parts of the conservancy. It was quiet and we saw hardly any other vehicles while we were there. We had good sightings of many birds, also black and white rhino with offspring.
A special highlight was the discovery of lion cubs less than a week old 10 minutes from camp along with dad and his two lionesses. We had a very special sighting of the little ones. It was amazing to see the lionesses sprint off to help the male when an intruder male (and a large pack of hyena) threatened to make off with his stallion zebra kill at Elephant Corner.
The bush breakfasts were outstanding with different selections every day including baked egg with spinach and pea pastries. The choice of location for these was very good, notably two by rivers and one by a lake where we saw zebra, elephant and eland at close quarters.
Kicheche was our favourite of the three camps we stayed at on this trip and the food for vegetarians was the best we’ve had in Africa.

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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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