Kicheche Camps, the group of small, privately owned luxury wildlife camps in Kenya’s Masai Mara and Laikipia in Northern Kenya has launched a new itinerary, The Kicheche Triangle. With emphasis on walking, wildlife, photography and conservation, the trip includes Bush Camp, Main Camp and Laikipia Camp and takes in the prolific and varied wildlife found throughout Kenya.
Highlights of the itinerary are the full day game drives in the Mara for which Kicheche is famed and a full-day walking safari where guests will spot birds and enjoy an introduction to wildlife photography. Guests will also spend time at Laikipia, home to Kenya’s largest population of Black Rhino. The trip also includes a visit to the Wildlife Educational Centre, the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Lion Tracking programme in Laikipia.
The trip begins with three nights at Kicheche Camp Laikipia. This small, luxurious tented camp caters for just 12 guests and is nestled in indigenous forest, at the centre of the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Laikipia’s guests are accommodated in six tents, with private verandas, all of which overlook the waterhole.
Guests will then fly onto Kicheche Bush Camp which includes just six luxury ensuite tents, perched on the edge of the reserve in the private Olare Orok Conservancy in the Masai Mara. The camp offers an incomparable game-viewing experience without the crowds. Located in a prime wildlife area, the camp is un-gated and is an ideal location to experience the wildebeest migration. The trip is rounded off with a stay at Kicheche Mara Camp, a classic luxury camp set in a forested glade on the northern Aitong plains with prolific game year-round. During the itinerary, guests will discover more about Kenya’s wildlife and learn the skills involved with photographing big cats, small predators as well as the birdlife with acclaimed photographer Paul Goldstein.
Since its initial conception just a decade ago, Kicheche has become the camp of choice for wildlife enthusiasts and keen photographers. Synonymous with outstanding wildlife experiences, exceptional guiding and gourmet cuisine, the Kicheche experience is second to none. Kicheche has the highest percentage of Silver and Bronze guides in the Masai Mara, accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and Kicheche’s guides have guided television crews and wildlife photographers throughout the region.
This month Kicheche is celebrating its tenth birthday with the best wildlife photography of the last decade which includes iconic images of the cheetah family made famous by Big Cat Diaries, a leopard illuminated by a rainbow following a passing storm, as well as stills from an astonishing hour when over 30,000 wildebeest crossed the Mara River.
Now in 2010, the Kicheche family employs more than 100 staff and supports numerous local families. Kicheche takes its responsibilities seriously, and has been nominated several times in the Responsible Tourism Awards. The Kicheche Community Project is sponsoring 25 local children through school in 2010, two young people through Guiding School to enable them to become guides, as well as funding an HIV SAFE clinic and dental unit. Kicheche has also donated a vehicle and developed an ECO centre for local children in the Mara Discovery Centre which launched earlier this year.