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.
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
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.
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
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.
|Kenya||Maasai Mara Nat'l Reserve|
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|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|
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.