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Striped Hyena Safari

Just one example of a possible itinerary for keen walkers, this safari enables you to experience the sounds and sights of the bush, and its wildlife, in an unusually direct way.

Striped Hyena Safari: Summary

Striped Hyena Safari in a nutshell

This example of a private Expert Africa safari itinerary offers an unusual twist on more traditional safari itinerary. First, by concentrating on the Maasai Mara for five nights, you'll get to know this region really well. In addition, the central part of the itinerary consists largely of a long guided walk between two permanent safari camps, with an overnight stay in a temporary fly-camp deep in the bush, mid-way through the walk. This gives you exceptional experiences of close encounters with wildlife great and small, and immersion in the sights, sounds and smells of Kenya's best wildlife area.

You'll start at the beautiful Kicheche Valley Camp in the private Naboisho Conservancy, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve. In the heart of "big five" country, you're likely to see leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes and dozens of other large mammal species on safari game drives with a highly qualified driver-guide in a comfortable vehicle, that is perfect for photography.

From Kicheche, you'll set off on foot with your private guide across the Naboisho and Olare Motorogi conservancies, accompanied by an armed guard as a precaution. On arrival at the fly camp, enjoy a cool drink before dinner in the bush and retiring to a modest dome tent where your luggage awaits. Temporary shower and toilet facilities are nearby and Maasai askaris (guards) keep watch for absent-minded buffalos.

After breakfast, you'll continue on foot to the wonderful Kicheche Bush Camp, the time of your afternoon arrival depending on your walking speed and how often you pause to take photos or to marvel at the natural wonders around you. You may also find yourself deep in conversation with your Maasai guide – about wildlife, conservation, Maasai culture and any number of other topics.

The rest of your safari is spent in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, a wildlife haven where your camp is set on the plains beneath scattered acacias. Its location makes it possible to visit the busier Maasai Mara National Reserve, where the Mara River is a particular draw for large numbers of hippos and crocodiles, and for the many dramatic wildebeest river crossings that take place every year around July–October.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
2 nights Kicheche Valley - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
1 night Kicheche Fly Camp - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
2 nights Kicheche Bush Camp - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

Kicheche Valley

Days 1-3

The newest of three Kicheche camps in the Mara region in Kenya, the upmarket and unfenced Kicheche Valley Camp opened in 2011. The camp is set in a secluded, wooded valley in the eastern part of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, with tents raised on platforms above the Moliband stream. A spring close to the central dining and lounge area attracts plentiful wildlife.

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Kicheche Walking Wilderness

Day 3

In 2016, Kicheche expanded its highly regarded luxury tented camps to include fly-camping in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The fly camp is set up in the western part of the Naboisho Conservancy to accommodate you on a two-day Walking Wilderness safari between Kicheche Valley Camp and Kicheche Bush Camp, or vice versa.

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Kicheche Bush Camp

Days 4-6

Located in the quiet Olare Motorogi Conservancy and with only six tents dotted through the bush, Kicheche Bush Camp is an intimate tented camp owned in partnership with photographer Paul Goldstein. As a result, there is a keen focus on wildlife viewing and photography here, making this a popular camp that safari enthusiasts flock to year after year.

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Kicheche Valley

Kicheche Valley

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

Kicheche Walking Wilderness

Kicheche Fly Camp

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Striped Hyena Safari.

  • Spending two days walking in the Maasai Mara
  • Experiencing the Mara with highly knowledgeable guides
  • Staying in private, little-visited conservancies
  • Absorbing images of big cats and other megafauna
  • Immersing yourself in Kenyan culture with your guide

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Striped Hyena Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Striped Hyena Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Striped Hyena Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Cheetah

95% chance

Striped Hyena

16% chance

Aardvark

9% chance

Wild dog

8% chance

Black Rhino

8% chance

Pangolin

8% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Striped Hyena Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Balloon flight over the Mara

Balloon flight over the Mara

3 hours in total - morning only

With the sun rising over the Loita Hills, you scramble into the balloon basket for the start of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re about to go drifting with the breeze above the trees and plains of one of the world’s greatest wildlife regions.

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Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

All day from sunrise to sunset

If you're not staying in the Maasai Mara National Reserve itself, the chances are you'll be in one of the outstandingly wildlife-rich Maasai-owned private conservancies just outside the reserve boundary. However, a full-day game drive in the reserve is usually included, to visit the Mara River and see some of the reserve's fabled wildlife locations.

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