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Kicheche Mara Camp is located in a prime wildlife area, is a classic tented camp hidden in a stunning acacia valley overlooking the Olare Orok stream.
Kicheche Mara Camp is located in Acacia Valley, in Mara North Conservancy. The camp is hidden in a picturesque valley in a prime wildlife area. Game viewing starts right from the camp itself.
GPS 1°12’55.80”S 35° 9’52.37”E
Mara North Conservancy
Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 30,000 hectares (~74,000 acres). It is a vital part of the Masai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. Professional wildlife and tourism management ensures guests truly exclusive and private safari experience with a very low vehicle density. The conservancy is a partnership between eleven member camps and over 800 Maasai landowners. Their aim is to create a best practice, world class conservancy with long term commitments to the environment, wildlife and local communities.
By air : A scheduled one hour flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Mara MARA NORTH airstrip. Flights depart at 0900, 1000, 1300 and 1500.
With Safarilink, Air Kenya or Fly540. Flights available from Nanyuki, Naivasha & Mombasa. The camp is a 20-minute game drive from the airstrip.
Note : Luggage allowance 15kg per person only, in soft luggage bags. Excess luggage is charged at approx $5 per kilo.
By road: 4½ hours drive from Nairobi.
FACILITIES Guests tents
The camp is a classic, intimate, luxury bush camp, completely unfenced and consisting of eight tents. Spacious, fully insect-proof Selous style tents (eight twins/doubles), equipped with cedar beds, linen, bedside tables, luggage racks and rugs. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with a dresser, shower and flushing toilet and running water. There are canvas directors and deck chairs on the verandas.
Triple tents and family quad tents (1 double & 2 single beds) are available on request.
The spacious lounge tent, with its comfortable local furnishings and informative collection of reference books, is a delightful place to relax between game drives or other activities.
Meals and Drinks
All meals and drinks are inclusive in your stay and taken al-fresco in a clearing overlooking the plains or, in the event of bad weather, in the spacious dining tent. The cuisine is Western/European with occasional African dishes and hygiene standards are high. We can cater for special dietary requirements however please notify us in advance. Mineral water is provided in each tent every day.
Power & Lighting
There is no mains power however the camp do supplies 24-hour low wattage power for lighting through an inverter system. Camera and Video batteries can also be charged on this system. The inverter system is backed up with a generator.
Guests are advised to remain in their tent after dark, and will be escorted between their tent and the lounge/dining areas by a staff member. Each tent is equipped with a whistle to call for assistance in case of emergency. Flying Doctors’ medical evacuation planes can be called in the event of an emergency.
The camp accepts children but adults must be aware that the camp is not fenced and no additional facilities are available to occupy them outside the normal excursions. No baby equipment is provided.
There is a camp souvenir shop with a selection of clothing, maps and miscellaneous items.
It is customary to tip your guide and camp staff however it is not compulsory and tips should only be given if you are satisfied with the service provided.
Payments at camp
The camp accepts credit card payments (AMEX, VISA and MASTER CARD) or cash (EURO, USD, GBP and Kenya Shilling). There is a safety deposit box at camp where all valuables can be kept.
The long rains are from early April through to May, and the short rains in November. The coolest time of year is from Jun-Aug when temperatures are low in the morning hours. Dry seasons offer more reliable road conditions though game viewing is excellent year round. Please bear in mind over the past few years the weather patterns in the Masai Mara, and Kenya in general, have changed and are somewhat unpredictable.
Kicheche Mara Camp is closed in April & May.
Generally speaking Kenya is cooler than most people expect for a region on the equator, this is due to the altitude (1500-2000 metres) over much of the area. Therefore it is advisable to have a warm jacket or jumper for cool mornings. During the day however it is usually quite warm. Natural safari colours are recommended especially if you are game walking, they are also ideal to conceal the African dust! Good walking shoes/ boots will be useful if you intend to walk. A sun hat, sunglasses, lotion, lip balm and skin moisturiser are important to counteract the sun, wind and dry conditions.
Kenya is a malaria zone therefore guests should consult their doctor about prophylactic measures before travelling. Guests should also be covered by comprehensive travel insurance.
It is highly recommended to bring a camera with a zoom lens of at least 200mm for wildlife shots. A bean bag or jumper is useful to rest your camera on for shooting in low light (tripods are too cumbersome for use in a vehicle). There are several locally made bean bags at the camp however, if you wish to come bring your own it can be filled at camp. Although there is a small supply of film available at camp it is recommended to bring your own. Don’t forget to bring a spare camera battery. Recharging facilities are available for digital cameras and videos (230V 5oHz). Another important item to bring is a pair of binoculars. It is worth buying a pair if you unable to borrow. Small compact binoculars are fine and handy to carry around however a larger (e.g. 7×50) pair will be superior in the low light conditions in the morning and evening when most game drives take place. Always ask permission before taking photographs of people.
Guests are woken with tea, coffee or hot chocolate & biscuits brought to their tent. An early morning game drive sets off at sunrise and returns to the camp late morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair taken outside in the morning sunlight. Lunch is also served al-fresco in the shade of an olive tree. During the heat of the day, relax and appreciate the silence, punctuated only by birdcalls. Alternatively, utilise our reference library in the lounge tent, which has an excellent selection of books. An afternoon game drive departs around 16h00 after tea and returns after sundowners. Freshen up before joining other guests around the campfire for a
pre-dinner drink. Dinner is served by candlelight al-fresco or in the dining tent. Take a nightcap by the fire before retiring. Rigid daily schedules are not on our agenda, there are no hard and fast rules at Kicheche so guests can decide on the duration and frequency of their drives. Picnic breakfasts, lunches and sundowner drinks are popular options to include on game drives.
Early morning and late afternoon are the most productive hours for game drives and our safari customised 4WD vehicles give everyone a perfect view. Watching wildlife at close range, but without encroaching on their space, is endlessly fascinating and our guides’ instincts and experience provide superb photo opportunities of wild animals.
Game driving is available throughout the area and your program is arranged daily with your guide. Game viewing drives are conducted by open-sided and open roofed customised 4WD Land Cruiser vehicles.
A different perspective is gained through escorted walks on the savannah. Our interpretive guides will point out the spoor of a leopard, the nest of a rare bird or signs of recent migration activity that would pass unnoticed by the eyes of strangers… Walks are included in our tariff.
Guests can visit one of the local Maasai villages to see first hand their way of life. A village guide will give you an interpretive talk during your visit. There is sometimes dancing and traditional souvenirs are on sale. There is a charge of $20 per person. It is possible to visit Talek town or a number of projects supported by the camp’s Community Trust.
Kicheche’s Community Trust supports the local school, medical clinic and Discovery Centre. During term time it is possible to pay a visit to the school – Aitong Primary Academy. Any educational gifts or donations that you can contribute are an enormous help to these struggling schools.
Hot Air Ballooning
This is a popular excursion in the Masai Mara. Balloons take off early each morning at sunrise and glide over the plains for approximately an hour before landing. Upon touchdown a champagne breakfast is set up before you. The excursion finishes with a game drive back to camp. This needs to be booked in advance and please, inform your safari consultant at the time of booking.
Kicheche Camps offers escorted walking safaris with overnight stays in a fly-camp in the bush. These excursions are led by a senior guide and an armed ranger. It is an outstanding opportunity to see the Mara from a completely different perspective and also offers some welcome exercise whilst on safari.