Kicheche Bush Camp

traditional Camp | Maasai Mara Nat'l Reserve, Kenya

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Kicheche Bush Camp is a small, intimate tented camp located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a 40-minute drive from the Ol Kiombo airstrip. Offering incomparable animal encounters without crowds, the classic camp is in a prime wildlife area and is an ideal location to experience the seasonal wildebeest migration. The game viewing starts right from the camp itself.

Photo of Jordy Oleson

Our Expert Says

Kicheche Bush Camp's prime location within a private conservancy in the Maasai Mara offers a lot of flexibility in wildlife viewing activities and also avoids the crowds!

– Jordy Oleson

Kicheche Bush Camp, dining table set for dinner as an endiginous person brings lanterns to light up the meal along with the campfire, Kenya, Africa

The Camp

Location: Olare Motorogi Private Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Number of Tents: 6

Kicheche Bush Camp offers large, airy custom-designed tents, equipped with twin or double beds, crisp linens, bedside tables, luggage racks and rugs. One tent can be converted into a triple on request. Each tent features en suite bathrooms and includes a dresser, flushing toilet and traditional safari bucket shower with a view. Delightful verandas with comfortable chairs overlook the plains. Common areas include a spacious, well-furnished lounge and dining tent, although al fresco dining is usually preferred if weather permits. The quality and freshness of the cuisine prepared in the bush is always a delightful surprise to guests at this simple camp. The creative cooks produce a variety of African and international dishes, and special dietary requirements can be catered for. Fresh produce is flown in regularly, while bread and pastries are baked daily. While the camp’s small size lends itself to communal dining with your hosts, private dining can be arranged.

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Kicheche Bush Camp, safari crew member sets the places at the dining table in a secluded enclosed safari tent in Kenya, Africa luxury safaris

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with safari shower
  • 220v charging outlets in main area
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, internet, or cellular service

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The Maasai Mara ecosystem is home to the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual wildebeest migration. These grazers, together with zebra and Thomson’s gazelle, traverse the plains through the year, and while there are resident animals in the Mara year-round that don’t migrate, numbers swell to gigantic proportions during the dry seasons (July/August or October/November). Large concentrations of topi, impala, eland, dik dik, Grant’s gazelle and waterbuck draw abundant predators. Carnivores include the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – and the hyena. Large mammals are also present: elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus and rhino, while many smaller creatures like fox, jackal, springhare and civet are also seen. Over 550 resident and migrant species of birds have been recorded in the Mara, making it one of the top birding areas in Kenya. Game drives, bush walks and optional balloon safaris offer varying perspectives on the wildlife show. Visits to local villages and schools are also options.

The Maasai Mara is home to an abundance of resident wildlife year-round. The great migration of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra is at its peak between late July and early October, while the local Loita wildebeest migration typically arrives in June. Other typical sightings may include a number of antelopes, endemic birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on rain patterns and wildlife movements.

Click here to view our Great Migration Map

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 75° F 55° F 0.55 in
23° C 12° C 14 mm
February 79° F 54° F 1.65 in
26° C 12° C 42 mm
March 79° F 55° F 2.87 in
26° C 12° C 73 mm
April 77° F 59° F 5.0 in
25° C 15° C 127 mm
May 75° F 57° F 5.98 in
23° C 13° C 152 mm
June 72° F 54° F 4.25 in
22° C 12° C 108 mm
July 73° F 54° F 5.55 in
22° C 12° C 141 mm
August 73° F 54° F 6.42 in
22° C 12° C 163 mm
September 77° F 55° F 4.09 in
25° C 12° C 104 mm
October 79° F 57° F 3.31 in
26° C 13° C 84 mm
November 73° F 57° F 2.2 in
22° C 13° C 56 mm
December 73° F 54° F 1.1 in
22° C 12° C 28 mm

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Kicheche Bush Camp, safari crew member holds a bunch of lanterns at his sides silouetted against the dark blue sky in Kenya, Africa safaris


2006 was a landmark date for conservation in the Maasai Mara with the formation of Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, when a deal was brokered with the 277 Maasai land-owners that has become the template for the Mara community wildlife conservancies. Within Olare Motorogi, the Kicheche Community Project has been a source of funding projects in and around the Aitong area. Its mission is to encourage the preservation of the environment while improving the welfare of the community through improved health and education facilities and revenue- earning projects. The Kicheche Community has contributed to upgrading and maintaining of several schools and has made donations toward schoolbooks and a bus to allow kids to attend regional exams. Kicheche also sponsors students for the Koiyaki guiding school, which trains Maasai to become professional guides. The camp employs several graduates as guides. The Kicheche Trust also supports the Aitong Medical Clinic and the Mara Discovery and Empowerment Center.

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Reviews for Kicheche Bush Camp


Review Kicheche Bush Camp
Month of travel: August
"Kicheche Bush Camp was my first experience with this type of camp and remains one of my favorites. The setting is quite lovely and the accomodations superb. There were many thoughtful touches which were certainly unexpected--and used! The rain boots were unexpectedly needed. Camp management and staff were attentive and willing to accomodate you in any way. Cuisine was excellent and I enjoyed dining both out in the open and also dinner in the open, but covered. I give this camp my highest rating. Game viewing was plentiful. Being in a conservancy enhanced the experience as we were not bothered with so many vehicles and a crowd."
- B. Nilsson
Month of travel: July
"This is a "classic" Safari Camp set in the middle of the bush with wildlife walking right through it. The accommodations were quite nice and showers via buckets of hot water added to the experience. The camp manager was a great chap and we enjoyed hearing his local stories. The animal viewing was quite strong here and we had some super cat sightings - both lions and cheetahs with cubs. Truly a quintessential African experience."
- M. Medhurst
Month of travel: July
"Lovely camp, lovely setting and the hosts pull it all together fabulously. The tents were very spacious with a airy, contemporary style and each had its own special outlook. Plenty of wildlife nearby and so nice to fall asleep to the sound of distant hyena's calling out."
- Z. Waters
Month of travel: March
"Great camp with excellent wildlife for viewing and photography. "
- D. Carter
Month of travel: July
"I cannot say enough about this camp. The camp managers set the tone for all aspects. The guides are great, especially for photographers. Vehicles have these great ledges for resting cameras and the guides know where to take you and how to position the vehicle to get the best shots. Having teh ability to drive in both the private reserve as well as the Mara gives you access to all areas and a full range of experiences. The food is fantastic; the tents are spacious and have a warm feel, nothing super fancy, but everything you need including a hammock for relaxing. This camp is small and everyone gets special attention, don't discount how important this can be in making your stay special. Kicheche Bush Camp was the highlight of our safari."
- K. Miller

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