Kicheche Valley

Reviews of Kicheche Valley

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Below are independent comments from 14 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.
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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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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Mr & Mrs G from Hampshire
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Andrew was a charming host

Our Guide was not as good as Peter at Likipia. He spotted game well, we even saw the rare Aardwolf on a night drive.

But he spent too long on his phone and his own photos, without checking whether we were bored!

Terrific lions and three different sets of cubs, but no other cats unfortunately.

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Steve H from Leeds
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic Kicheche valley

As before hospitality and service at Kicheche valley is excellent but so too is the wildlife. The wildlife in all three conservancies used by Kicheche camps is outstanding and Naboisho is no exception - maybe leopards still slightly more shy but Fig at Bush camp is an exceptionally obliging & confiding cat.

I was privileged to hear two lionesses bring down a zebra 30 yards from my tent at 5 a.m which is pretty special. The ambush started only 15 yards away and the feeding lionesses could be seen by torchlight from my decking.

I had many other exceptional wildlife sightings whilst I was at Valley and Naboisho is undoubtedly as good as the other conservancies.

Bernard is an excellent guide and extremely good company. He has a good understanding of a photographer's perspective. Marietta was in charge in Andy's absence and ran an excellent camp. All the Kicheche staff are brilliant

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Vishal from USA
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kicheche Valley review

Had a wonderful time at Kicheche Valley Camp in Naboisho Conservancy. I was a solo traveler and the staff and managers at Kicheche Valley were very accommodating and informative. I enjoyed the common dinners and lunches with the other guests, and of course the time I spent with my guide, learning about all of the animals, the area, the community, and more.

I did several game drives over the course of 3 nights, as well as a walking safari and a visit to the nearby village. I got the sense that they are pretty responsible in their relationships with the local community, which was important to me. The Naboisho Conservancy seems to be very well regarded in terms of its emphasis on empowering the local Masai community while also conserving the wildlife.

There are only 5 camps in the conservancy, including Kicheche, so you're not constantly running into others in the conservancy. The food at the camp was somehow excellent, and everything is grown on site. Would highly recommend that others stay at Kicheche Valley Camp.

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Mr B from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Wonderful place

This camp is set on the side of a valley with wonderful far reaching views and great sunsets. The individual tents are well apportioned and comfortable with electricity available 24 hours. The only minor criticism is the hot water to the shower often takes a long time (up to 5 minutes) to reach temperature and then difficult to balance and lighting over the twin wash basins is poor.

The food is very good with overly (for some) generous portions, so much so we asked the chef to reduce ours which he did. All the staff ensured that you should enjoy the experience and want for nothing. Hot water bottles in the bed in the evening and provided on morning game drives were a nice touch. There is a variety of landscape and terrain within the conservancy which offers a wide range of game and bird species. The guides are a mine of information and very enthusiastic.

It's a camp we would willingly return to and probably will.

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