Drive, walk, track, spot, smell, listen, even taste. Kicheche’s varied activities make sure all the senses are gainfully employed.
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.
Our vehicles are superbly designed for photographers, all our fleet is open-sided with open roofs. Cameras can be rested on the roof, with supplied beanbags, or on the armrests lower down, to which we can mount simple platforms for larger lenses. For complete flexibility it is recommended that you take a vehicle on an exclusive use basis (please check for rates).
Night Game Drives (Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy only)
Watching wildlife at close range, but without encroaching on their space, is endlessly fascinating and our guides’ instincts and experience will provide superb photo opportunities of wild animals. Our safari customised 4WD vehicles are designed to give everyone a perfect view. Night Game Drives are offered to enable guests the chance to observe lesser seen nocturnal species. Our Vehicles are fitted with a hand held spotlight and resident species include aardvark, genet, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, serval, honey badger, civet and zorilla.
A different perspective is gained through escorted walks on the savannah. Safety is paramount when leaving camp on foot so all walks are escorted by an armed ranger. 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…
Kicheche Camps offer escorted walking safaris with overnight stays in a fly-camp in the bush. These excursions are led by one of Kicheche’s senior guides 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. You will explore the smaller aspects of savannah life – birds, grasses, and insects – and may even be lucky enough to encounter some larger game en-route. Click here for more details.
Research & Education Centre
Wildlife Educational Centre which is very interesting for children and adults alike. One can take a short walk to see Morani, the habituated rhino, nearby.
Lion Tracking ( Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy only)
The Lion Tracking program monitors the Conservancy lions (some have been collared with receivers). As part of the program we are able to track the lions with a portable satellite dish and remit the data to the study centre.
Chimpanzee Visit ( Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy only)
The Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee Sanctuary was set up for orphaned chimps rescued from West Africa. The Sanctuary is an excellent venue to observe the two families and learn about the perils facing chimpanzees in the wild.
Guests can visit one of the local Maasai villages to see first-hand their way of life. A village guide or your Kicheche guide will give you an interpretive talk during your visit during which there may be some traditional dancing. Village made souvenirs are on sale. There is a charge of $15-$20 per person.
Kicheche’s Community Project supports a number of schools in the area including Endonyo Rinka and Aitong Primary, during term time it is possible to pay a visit to either school. Any educational gifts or donations that you can contribute are an enormous help to these struggling schools. Further details on our Community Project page.
Koiyaki Guiding School
Kicheche’s Community Project supports Koiyaki Guiding school by sponsoring one of the students each year and currently employs several graduates as guides and trainee guides. Any educational gifts or donations that you can contribute are an enormous help to these struggling schools. Further details on our Community Project page.
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 sundowners are popular options to include on game drives.
Hot Air Ballooning
This 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. Price is around US$450 per person and trips can be booked through your tour operator or with the balloon operator. Click on the local balloon operators listed below for more information:
1. Hot Air Balloons
2. Adventures Aloft