Kicheche Valley

Reviews of Kicheche Valley

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Below are independent comments from 18 of our travellers who have visited Kicheche Valley, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr W & Dr D from Leeds
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2020 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kicheche Valley Camp - our first visit

This was our first visit to Valley Camp and we were not disappointed. The tents were large with a beautiful view across the valley. As with all Kicheche camps, the service and food were excellent.

We enjoyed the night drive which doesn't happen at the other camps.

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Mr M. from Montreal
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Valley Camp

I had an excellent Safari experience at the Valley Camp. The facilities are great and the camp staff were very friendly and helpful. The game drives were very productive with a good variety of sightings including very interesting Leopard, Cheetah and Lion sightings.

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Mr & Mrs LN from London
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely Kicheche Valley

The Mara was suffering from unseasonable rain which meant the plains animals were plentiful in Naibosho. This meant the grass was short which made spotting animals easier. In the Valley the roar of lions, cries of hyenas and other small animals were heard most nights not to mention the thundering footsteps of a herd of zebra stampeding through. Wonderful!

The camp is unfenced so you are escorted by guards in the evening and early morning. One of the guards found a lion dozing between two of the tents on his early rounds and encouraged him to leave!

The camp tents have recently been replaced. We thought the tents were lovely although there are a few finishing touches that are still going on. A lot of the tents have hyrax in and around them which are entertaining.

Our driver, Benjy, was a knowledgeable, kind guide and a great driver. He was aware of where to place the vehicle for the best photographs. The morning drive began early and usually lasted until 11-12 The evening drive began at 3:30 and back at camp by 7.

Coffee/tea/snacks were provided for pre-drive. Packed breakfast was tasty and varied. Lunch and evening meals were served with all guests at a shared, hosted table. For lunch there was usually a served first course, a delicious salad buffet and then dessert. Dinner was a 3 course plated meal with no choice unless you were a vegetarian or had special requirements. The evening food was tasty but not refined and it would not take much to change this.

We did not take part in any of any of the other activities. We know others enjoyed the walk. The night game drive takes place after dinner which is unusual in our experience and a great idea but ours was, unfortunately, rained off.

The staff were lovely and went our of their way to help with any problems and questions. Andy was a wonderful host.

There was a mix of people: honeymooners, visitors who were new to safaris, experienced travellers, solo travellers and returning clients

We would gladly return!

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Sandra from Ottawa
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Valley Camp Review

We found Interim Manager to be rather brusk with the staff which made us very uncomfortable. Otherwise, our stay was very pleasant. During the last few days, however, our bathroom had a sewage smell.

We would suggest solar lights are placed along the path to the camp from the road.

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The Hs from Edmonton
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Valley Camp

The Valley Camp was amazing!

We could not believe how close we were to the wildlife! We did a night drive and only went a short distance when we first saw a cheetah ... and then a lion ... and then a giraffe and aardvark and bush babies -- it was amazing! All of our drives were exciting and we saw so many animals!

One of our most exciting experiences happened at the camp, when the Maasai guides all came together and performed a traditional song and song in honour of my husband's birthday -- we were so honoured!

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Mr S & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Another great Kicheche camp

Kicheche Valley has a good view over a valley with wildebeest, giraffe etc. walking through. The tents are very comfortable and well spaced. The camp was well-managed and run and the staff appeared to be well trained. In terms of front-of-house staff, Joyce and Maurice were very friendly and efficient and provided a very personal service.

The main focus of the camp remains on the wildlife viewing, with daily bush breakfasts, allowing us to stay out longer in the morning. Our guide, Bernard, was excellent and very knowledgeable about the wildlife and about positioning the vehicle for best views and best photographic opportunities. He seemed to know how close different species of mammal and bird would tolerate the vehicle. In addition, he paid attention to our interests. We like Kicheche vehicles as they are very open, it is possible to stand up in them and they are equipped with beanbags.

The food was excellent and we were very impressed with how they catered for our complex dietary needs.

We really enjoyed our stay at Kicheche Valley.

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Tony from Bangkok
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safari resort in raw and remote conservancy

Kicheche Valley camp is beautifully appointed, spacious, and in many respects could be described more as a 'safari resort' than a 'camp'. Tents are modern and roomy, the central camp area thoughtfully appointed and aesthetically pleasing, but the stand out feature of the camp is the view over the valley from the elevated location of the camp high on the hillside. The camp is secluded and small (as are all the Kicheche camps), but the location is what really makes guests feel as if they are alone in this one small part of Africa. Perhaps the most unique feature of this camp is the acoustics of the valley - the roar of lions and the cackling of hyena are amplified by the topography and can make for something of an 'exciting' night. During our stay, a wildebeest was taken down by a clan of hyena shortly before dawn, perhaps 200m from our tent down in the valley, but in the quiet of the night, with cries echoing off the hillsides, it sounded as if the kill took place literally right beyond the netting outside our tent.

Whilst food, service and accommodation were all of a high standard, it was the first class guiding that made our stay here so memorable. We witnessed some of our most unique wildlife experiences ever here in Naboisho conservancy, all thanks to the knowledge and passion of our guide, Mika Kaleku. Mika not only possesses the exhaustive knowledge of the local flora and fauna that is the hallmark of Kenya's top guides, but he is also a well-educated naturalist and conservationist with a fascinating depth of perspective and understanding of the issues affecting the Mara ecosystem today - something he enthusiastically shared with us during our two days with him. As someone who asks a lot of detailed questions, I found his obvious intelligence and the structured nature of his thought and communication to be particularly engaging - something helped by his high level of English fluency and unusually comprehensive formal education, as well as years of practical experience. With Mika, observing the social interactions within a herd of impala one afternoon was every bit as fascinating as watching a cheetah stalk her prey the next morning. Whilst the predator density in Naboisho doesn't appear to be as high as in neighouring Olare Motorogi, I would say that it was here with Mika that we found the most authentic natural experiences of our whole stay across three camps in the Mara region - and for the most part, we had them completely to ourselves.

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Pandc from Evesham
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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What a fantastic camp!

What a lovely camp! Very special. Amazing location, luxurious tents, amazing hospitality, great guiding and excellent wildlife.

Although we found the 3 course meals a bit excessive they were very nice. The bush breakfasts were the best we’d had.

The view from our tent was so good we could have stayed there all day! We both had massage treatments which were excellent and very welcome after 5 days Safari. Naboisho is a great conservancy. Wildlife was easy to see and find and we had some great encounters, including leopard viewing in sight of our tent. We spent a lot of time watching lions which was amazing. The night game drive was the low point with very little to see and quite a lot of light pollution from the villages.

We would certainly stay at a Kicheche camp again.

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Mr & Mrs M from Weymouth
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great location, good views of game from camp

Great location with game coming into the camp at night.

Our guide Johnson wore Masai traditional dress and was very knowledgeable where to find the wildlife and the highlight was to see a pair of lions mating every 10 minutes or so, they keep this up for several days!!!

On our last night Marietta and Brandon arrange a private dinner outside our tent to celebrate Janet's birthday - a very nice gesture from the camp.

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Mr F & Mrs B from Preston
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Valley The Experience of a Lifetime

What a fantastic location with great views from the tent and mess tent. The food was restaurant quality and we all loved every meal. Our grandson Toby is gluten free and vegetarian and they coped easily with this and made the food really tasty for him. We visited back of house and saw the kitchens etc and we could see the care they were taking with any eating allergies etc. Very impressive.

The quality of the game drives and knowledge of the guide was absolutely first class.

What a holiday and a wonderful camp with impeccable service. We wholeheartedly recommend Kicheche Valley

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