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“Wonderful finale to our Kicheche trip”

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Kicheche Valley Camp
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We spent 10 nights in the 3 Kicheche camps located in the Masai Mara Conservancies, and all were superb. Staying at Valley Camp at the end proved to be the icing on the cake. It is slightly more luxurious than the other 2 (it has hot water "on tap" in the showers rather than the bucket options) and the tents are probably a step up as well. What made our stay so memorable was the game viewing, especially the night drives (Aardwolf, Aardvark and Zorilla all seen within 30 minutes on one evening). Our guide Benjamin was superb (as are all Kicheche guides) and made every effort to show us the wildlife we wanted to see. The nature walk was also very informative, and gives a different perspective on the land.
As usual with Kicheche the food was of an incredibly high standard, and the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. The camp hosts are Andy and Marietta, who were both absolutely first class, and we feel that they have something very special at Valley Camp. If you decide to go to Kenya then you should stay with Kicheche, and the perfect way to round off any trip would be a few days at Valley Camp.
We will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

There's very little not to love about this place. Location is fantastic, in a pristine conservancy boasting incredible sceneries and breathtaking wildlife. Very few camps in the area, so game viewing is almost exclusive (forget the queues of minibuses in front of a lion - you get to experience wildlife in a completely different way than, say, Mara south). Our guide (Mika) was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, knows the area perfectly and is a great driver. The camp is amazing: very comfortable, luxurious without being pretentious, the tents are more cottages than tents in way: plenty of space, electricity, flushing toilet, hot shower etc. Food was very good. Sooo many little touches made our stay special: breakfast and sundowners in the bush with the beautiful savannah as backdrop; a candlelit private dinner and a champagne bottle waiting in the room welcome us. Andy, the manager, is great - attentive, kind, with a contagious good mood. In sum: an unforgettable experience in a very special place - we'll be back and recommend to friends and family.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

There are only six emperor size tents in Kicheche Valley camp. The tents are more like cottages with bathrooms, cupboards, lounge area, desks, electricity and all. All tents have a great view of a little valley where a bunch of buck, zebras, gnu, giraffe graze peacefully. Along with your own private piece of Africa, you get your own private safari vehicle, guide and a completely flexible schedule. The guides are awesome. Ours, being Bernard, spoke great English, though his home language is Maa. He knew all about local and even foreign birds, animals, geography and he ws especially good at helping us to get great photographs of lions, leopard, cheetah, elephants and everything else by careful positioning, lighting and patience. He adjusted seamlessly to our sometimes odd requests. He treated my 12 year old daughter just right. What did we see? For the record, our bird count was 85 species, and with animals we hit 35. So so good.
With game viewing you have to start early - so we took a packed breakfast along. Somewhere nice, by a tree, by a Hippo pool, next to a stream, Bernard would unpack the hamper, a folding table and some chairs and we'd eat a first class breakfast in the wild.
After ten, it gets hot, so its siesta time - back to the tents, open all the side walls and laze away the hot day with a cool bush scented breeze blowing through.
At night we tried the night drive - you drive with a big spotlight and see nocturnal birds and animals. This is a pretty unique feature in safari trips as in the National reserves night driving is banned. We saw porcupines, hyena, jackals with pups, spring hares and others. Plus night birds. Some lucky trips see the rare aardvark, but we missed that.
The food is very good. Great quality and plenty of it. I don't know how they make those super fresh salads out there, but they do. You will eat with other guests and the camp host and hostess at a big table, which is mostly very interesting as people come from all around the world and all have different stories. One unpleasant guest irritated me, but Kicheche can't help that.
Should you visit? Definitely.
Don't forget to pack 50+ sunscreen.
Yes, they have WiFi.

Stayed: October 2017
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Andy and his team provided a very warm welcome in this gem tucked away on the side of the valley. They clearly love what they do and they were only too happy to share their knowledge of the bush and the animals. Bernard, our guide, was superb. He taught us so much about the animals (and we saw lots) and also the birds and the habitat. It was a real privilege to spend three nights in this very special place.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The Kicheche Valley Camp offers a wonderful safari experience. Andy, Marietta and the entire team put together a warm and welcoming camp. From the initial greeting at the airport to our final nightcap by an open fire under the stars, our days were filled with exceptional wildlife viewing and delicious meals. Our guide Benjamin, asked for a list of the animals we would most like to see and did his very best to facilitate viewing of everything we wanted. His understanding of the nature of the animals and his ability to spot things from a great distance put us in the right spot at the right time on many occasions and I can't thank him enough. Be sure to ask loads of questions as their knowledge is incredible and English is perfect. If you are interested in learning some swahili please be sure to ask - loads of fun :). The tents themselves are very spacious and running hot water is available for showers with a private ensuite. I enjoyed my stay so much I have already booked again for next year.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

It was a lovely surprise to be met from our tiny plane by our Masai guide wearing brightly coloured robes, beads and a baseball cap! We were handed a Kicheche metal water bottle full of cold water which was for us to keep. Bernard was very friendly, chatting away and instantly put us at ease. In our drive to the camp, he asked us what animals we most wanted to see, which made it more personal! He then spent the rest of our trip trying to find all the animals we were looking forward to! (And he did a pretty good job, with the only thing we didn’t glimpse being the elusive leopard.) We were greeted by the new manager Andy (who was very welcoming and friendly) with cold drinks and flannels. Andy sat us down and gave us an introduction to the camp, how things worked and what to expect. We were shown to our tent, which was the most glamorous tent either of us had ever seen! The food was wonderful and we enjoyed eating with everyone else! We were treated to a lovely fire and candle-lit dinner one evening which was magical! We managed to see the coalition of five male cheetahs hunting together as well as a few other unusual sights. Also Bernard has the most incredible eyesight, glimpsing the elephants we were desperate to see from a crazy distance! As it is a conservancy we got very close to some of the animals but never felt un-safe. We loved our ‘sun-downers’ (drinks taken out with us to drink while the sun set) and the breakfasts in the bush were beyond words! Everyone was very attentive and friendly.
Thank you all for making our honeymoon so unforgettable and giving me the safari bug!

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic tented camp with amazing facilities, warm, friendly and knowledgable staff. Tents are superb ( with lovely hot showers). Food is great and so cosy sitting round the welcoming fire pit on return from evening game drives. Amazing game viewing and Mika our guide with Vivienne(spotter) one of the very few female spotters in this area were superb. Andy and Marietta our hosts are lovely people and their attention to making our stay magical was fantastic. We even saw wild dogs which is apparently very rare in this part of Kenya. But even without that particular sighting the game viewing was amazing. Our day out to the main Reserve provided good migration sightings. We combined our trip with the Kichechi bush camp! Just go!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #53 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $964 - $1,935 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kicheche Valley Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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