Kicheche Bush Camp

Reviews of Kicheche Bush Camp

Excellent(99%) From 27 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 27 of our travellers who have visited Kicheche Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs J from Stockholm
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Mixed feelings at Bush

Tents are big and quite average standard but all that you need is there. The tents are also, due to the huge "windows", see through, so that everyone passing by could see exactly what´s going on inside. Luckily, we were in the tent the furthest away from the messtent, so had enough privacy.

Food was good. The kitchen staff did their outmost to meet my dietary needs. They also met our wish to serve our dinner at 19 30, even though the other guests had theirs short before 21 00. Thanks to this flexibility, we could go to sleep early enough not to be completely exhausted the next morning.

We loved Aki, the relief manager, who made everyone feel welcome and was most accommodating to our every wish. All the other staff were very nice and service was excellent.

The high points of our stay were to watch the interactions within two of the lion prides. One lioness had two 1 month old cubs and kept carrying around the female cub in her mouth. The male cub, however, protested wildly and didn't want her to do it, which was great fun to watch. One of the two huge and handsome males patiently tried to convince a young lioness to mate with him, spending hours gently resting at her side.

We also watched lionesses from another pride stalking two wart hogs, but these cleverly escaped. We loved to meet the huge male Romeo II, who had recently been badly injured in a fight, and to see how relatively well he had recovered. Another highlight was to watch leopardess Fig hunt and almost catch a Thomson gazelle.

However, we were disappointed that our guide with emphasis talked us out of going down to the Mara River to see a main crossing. He actually didn't inform us in advance, that the Talek River crossing he instead took us to, was a minor crossing, with an almost dry river bed and no crocodiles. We didn't find out about the difference until it was too late and we suspect he misled us, because he didn't want to do the "very long" drive. This casts a shadow on our stay at Bush and left us with a feeling of disappointment.


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Expert Africa comments

Kicheche have responded to us to say they are very happy that Mr and Mrs J had such good wildlife sightings. However they are truly sorry if any impression was given by their guide that he was unwilling to take them to the Mara River. At the time, he had no information about any other crossings and there was certainly no intention to mislead. As these travellers had booked and paid for a private guide and vehicle, he was at their disposal for the whole day. Kicheche have spoken to the guide to ensure there are no miscommunications in the future.

Mr & Mrs C from Stroud
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Super cats at Kicheche Bush Camp

We packed a lot into our stay here - thanks to Nelson we saw some wonderful named cheetahs, leopards, lions and much more.

Food was innovative and excellent, lunch al fresco and dinner in the mess tent - all meals were very enjoyable and with interesting company.

Emma and Darren and all the staff made us very welcome and we wished we could have stayed longer.

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Mr S & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kicheche Bush Camp review

A very comfortable camp with excellent food.

Flexibility to focus on wildlife viewing was appreciated. Very good bush breakfast every day allowed long morning drives. Vehicles were excellent with good support and bean bags for photographers. Guiding was excellent. Wildlife viewing was very good. Very enjoyable.

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The C family from London
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The highlight of the holiday at Kicheche Bush

Our three nights here were the best of our two weeks away.

The camp managers Darren and Emma are consummate. They create a wonderful atmosphere and the evening meals here were convivial, fun and we laughed so much. This is one of the very few places I have visited in all our Africa trips that I would definitely like to repeat in the future as I think you'd be treated like old friends. They seem to have so much returning business and that speaks for itself.

Superb guide in Nelson who scrutinised the movements of the migration to get us in pole position for a crossing. Incredible 25 minutes of thousand upon thousand of wildebeest. This proved a superb conservancy for lion and cheetah and we had a number of great sightings of both. We all appreciated the way the game drives dictate the day and you can stay out for a long time, no rushing back for a set breakfast or lunch. This is true of Kicheche across the board.

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Dr W & Dr D from Leeds
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Kicheche Bush Camp review

Kicheche Bush Camp is in managed by a really welcoming and friendly couple Emma and Darren. The tents were well equipped and comfortable. The food and drink were excellent.

The wildlife in Olare Orak Conservancy is just fantastic. The camp is renowned for its photographic interest and our excellent guide Nelson was always looking for the best position to take the photographs from.

I have travelled to many countries to see wildlife and the Masai Mara ranks number one as far as I am concerned. The combination of the friendliness of the camp hosts plus the quantity and diversity of the wildlife explains why Kicheche Bush Camp gets so many repeat visitors and I will be one them.

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Mr & Mrs B from Belfast
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic camp, terrific hosts

This is an excellent camp in every way. From the moment we arrived, Darren and Emma went out of their way to make our 4 night stay as memorable as possible. The tented accommodation is very luxurious and coupled with a dedicated butler (Joseph) and excellent food made the stay very pleasant.

Beautiful spacious tents with an awning, plus outside hammock made for for restful periods between the game drives. Lighting is with low voltage lights but as with the other camps batteries can be charged in the main lounge in the camp. There are plenty of charging points for all. This camp uses bucket showers, there's no hot water on tap, but we didn't find that a problem.

The food was excellent, nearly too much at times, both Darren and Emma being excellent attentive hosts during the meals. The picnic breakfast while on the early morning game drive was much appreciated.

Game viewing was excellent, lion, leopard, cheetah were all found by our guide, Charles along with lots of other wildlife. We did manage to see a wildebeest crossing which was an added bonus as we hadn't expected to see this early in July. The vehicles used by the Kicheche team all have open roofs and provide bean bags or side mounted trays on which to rest long heavy lenses for photography, something which we much appreciated. Ponchos and blankets were also available as it did get quite cold on a couple of morning and evening game drives.

We coudn't fault this camp, has to be one of the best we have stayed in over the years we have travelled on safari to Africa.

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Mr & Miss S from London
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Exceptional safari camp

Kicheche Bush Camp really felt like home from home. Darren and Emma were fantastic hosts and made us feel like nothing was too much trouble. The tents were luxurious and our tent attendant - Joseph - did a great job of looking after us (almost like having our own personal butler!)

This was a superb spot for big cats and we were fortunate to see all of them really close up - lions, cheetah, leopard. Our excellent guide, Patrick, also managed to spot rhino for us on our last day which successfully completed our viewing of the Big FIve!

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