Kicheche Laikipia

Reviews of Kicheche Laikipia

Excellent(98%) From 25 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 25 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.
Ms S. from Ste Marthe
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Laikipia review

Warm atmosphere, great food and excellent guides.

A wonderful start to the safari experience in Kenya. I liked that the camp was small and easy to get around.

Great guides, especially Simon, who shared my great interest in birds in addition to the animals.
He is incredibly knowledgeable.

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Mr & Mrs G - Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Louise, Splodge, plus Peter for game drives!!

Terrific experience, the quality and presentation of the food was awesome considering where we were.

Peter, the game guide was extremely knowledgable and found some stunning locations for bush breakfasts and sundowners!.

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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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