Located just outside the Maasai Mara, and time and again the recipient of fantastic reviews, Kicheche is a tented camp whose reputation rests not just on its ability to provide a first rate luxury service, but also on the quality of its guiding, which is excellent.
Situated in a mixed grove overlooking the plains, Kicheche consists of a shared Nyati tented area and 11 sleeping tents. The shared area includes a dining area, bar, library and seating zone, and acts, really, as a retreat – from the midday sun, from too much time spent in one’s own tent, and as a place to meet and exchange notes with fellow travellers.
food and service
Meals – private or in the company of Kicheche’s hosts – are generally taken outside. Beautifully cooked, beautifully presented, the food is African and international, the wine fantastic, and the atmosphere – day or night – is positively lovely.
The en-suite sleeping tents are large, and contain a double bed, well chosen pieces of furniture, a veranda and room enough to relax in. The style is simple, clean and punctuated by traditional artefacts, a clay wood burner and potted plants. The bathrooms – bucket shower and flush loo – are well-designed, welcoming and wholly functional. Wi-Fi is intermittently available in the main camp.
Activities include wildlife drives, guided walks, bird viewing, bush picnics, sundowners, cultural visits, reading and board games. Note: frequently used by professional photographers, Kicheche has adapted its vehicles, and provides platforms and rests. The camp is best visited between July and September.
Kicheche itself as of 2018 has won the gold eco-award for all of its camps four years in a row. From being powered by solar energy, to upcycling and composting practises, Kicheche have pulled out the stops for the fourth time.
Established in 2004, the Kicheche Community Project has fast become a reliable source of funding for projects in and around the Aitong area. Their mission, to encourage the preservation of the environment whilst improving the welfare of the community through improved health and education facilities.