For visitors coming to Kenya for the first time, there are many unanswered questions:-
what do we pack, what facilities are available and so on. To make your visit a truly relaxing and well-prepared one, here are the answers to all those questions. All the information contained herein is given in good faith and has been carefully compiled. It must be accepted that details will change from time to time! And of course, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may still have.
Kicheche Mara Camp is located in the Acacia Valley of Mara North Conservancy. The camp is hidden in this picturesque valley, on the Olare Orok stream. The Mara Conservancy is a prime wildlife area and offers a high quality game viewing experience, in fact game viewing starts right from the camp itself.
By air: A scheduled one hour flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Mara North Conservancy airstrip. Flights depart twice a day; morning flights departing at 10h00, 1315 and 15h00.
Ex-Mombasa: A daily service departs at 07h30 and departs the Mara at 13h30.
Ex Naivasha: A daily service departs at 15h00
Ex Samburu: A daily service departs at 0915
Ex Nanyuki: A daily service departs at 1000
The camp is a 20-minute game drive from the airstrip.
Note: Luggage allowance 15kg per person only, in soft luggage bags. Excess luggage is charged at approx $5 per kilo.
By road: 5 hours drive from Nairobi.
The camp is a classic, intimate, luxury bush camp completely unfenced, with eight canvas guest tents.
Spacious, fully insect-proof Selous style tents (eight twins/doubles). All equipped with cedar beds, linen, bedside tables, luggage racks and rugs. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with a dresser, shower and flushing toilet and running water.
Triple tents and family tents (1 double & 2 single beds) are available on request.
Our large and spacious lounge tent, with its comfortable local furnishings and informative collection of reference books, is a delightful place to relax between game drives or other activities.
Meals and Drinks
All meals and drinks are inclusive and most meals are taken alfresco, beneath the shade of the acacia trees or underneath the stars or in our dining tent. We have a fully stocked bar with a range of wines. Drinks are included with the meals. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are also available on game driving excursions.
Included in the rate is a daily laundry service. Please note this is a bush laundry that cannot cope with delicate items of clothing.
Power & Lighting
There is no mains power however each tent has its own 24 hour solar lighting system. Camera and Video batteries can also be charged on the central system in the dining tent. The inverter system is backed up with a generator.
The long rains are from early April through to May, and the short rains in November. The coolest time of year is from Jun-Aug when temperatures are low in the morning hours. Dry seasons offer more reliable road conditions though game viewing is excellent year round. Please bear in mind over the past few years the weather patterns in the Masai Mara, and Kenya in general, have changed and are somewhat unpredictable.
Mara Camp is a seasonal camp and is closed Apr & May.
Generally speaking Kenya is cooler than most people expect for a region on the equator, this is due to the altitude (1500-2000 metres) over much of the area. Therefore it is advisable to have a warm jacket or jumper for cool mornings. During the day however it is usually quite warm. Natural safari colours are recommended especially if you are game walking, they are also ideal to conceal the African dust! Good walking shoes/ boots will be useful if you intend to walk. A sun hat, sunglasses, lotion, lip balm and skin moisturiser are important to counteract the sun, wind and dry conditions.
Safety is of paramount importance and therefore askaris (night-watchmen) patrol the camp at regular intervals after dark. Guests are advised to remain in their tent after dark, and will be escorted between their tent and the lounge/dining areas by a staff member. Each tent is equipped with a radio to call for assistance in case of emergency. Each vehicle is equipped with a radio for communications with camp and the camp is in contact with the Nairobi office on a daily basis. Flying Doctors’ medical evacuation planes can be called in the event of an emergency.
We accept children but adults must be aware that our camp is not fenced and no additional facilities are available to occupy them outside our normal excursions. No baby equipment is provided.
There is a camp souvenir shop where some handicrafts are made by the families of camp staff. There is also a selection of clothing, maps and miscellaneous items.
Kenya is a malaria zone therefore guests should consult their doctor about prophylactic measures before travelling. Guests should also be covered by comprehensive travel insurance.
Game-viewing drives are conducted by open-sided and open roofed customised 4WD Land Cruiser vehicles. Game drives are shared with other guests though exclusive use of a vehicle is available at an extra charge.
Guests are woken up with tea, coffee or hot chocolate & home made biscuits brought to their tent. An early morning game drive sets off at sunrise and returns to camp late morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair usually taken outside around the lounge area or as a picnic on the game drive. After lunch, set under the acacias, you can relax under the shade of your veranda and enjoy the silence, only punctuated by birdcalls. Alternatively, utilize our reference books in the lounge area. An afternoon game drive departs after tea, i.e. around 4 pm and returns as darkness falls after enjoying sundowners on the plains. Freshen up and then join the other guests around the camp fire for pre-dinner drinks. Dinner is served by candle light either under the stars or in the dining tent. End the evening with a nightcap by the fire before retiring.
Game driving is available throughout the area and your program is arranged daily with your guide. Trips to the local Maasai villages are on offer for those interested in Maasai culture. There are a number of escorted nature walks available from the camp. All walks are escorted by a Kicheche guide with a radio, and an armed ranger. Walks are included in our package tariff. We operate an overnight fly camp on request. Guests leave on foot in the afternoon from camp and walk to a bush camp that has been set up consisting of dome tents and a single bush shower and toilet. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy drinks around the fire and a three course meal for dinner. Guests depart for the Bush camp on foot, shortly after breakfast, the following morning.
It is highly recommended to bring a camera with a zoom lens of at least 200mm for wildlife shots. A bean bag or jumper is useful to rest your camera on for shooting in low light (tripods are too cumbersome for use in a vehicle). We have several locally made bean bags at the camp however, if you wish to come bring your own it can be filled at camp. Don’t forget to bring a spare camera battery. Recharging facilities are available for digital cameras and videos (230V 5oHz). Another important item to bring is a pair of binoculars. It is worth buying a pair if you unable to borrow. Small compact binoculars are fine and handy to carry around however a larger (e.g. 7×50) pair will be superior in the low light conditions in the morning and evening when most game drives take place. Always ask permission before taking photographs of people.
We have minimised our impact on the environment through the following measures: all
non-biodegradable waste is removed from the region to a suitable collection point in Nairobi, recycled charcoal dust pellets are brought in from Nairobi for water heating. Solar panels are used to generate power for all lighting and refrigeration. In order to minimize wastage from plastic drinking bottles each room has a dispenser filled with mineral water. Water can then be decanted into glasses or into reusable water bottles to take on activities.
Although nearly all activities are included in our tariffs, if you need to make any payments at camp we accept the following credit cards;VISA , MASTER CARD and AMEX) or cash (EURO, USD, GBP and Kenya Shilling). There is a safety deposit box at camp where all valuables can be kept.
There is an unreliable and sporadic mobile signal from the Safaricom and Airtel networks at camp therefore all communications should be routed via our Nairobi office. In the event of an emergency you can try to contact the camp direct on +254736699952 or contact the Nairobi office on the duty mobiles +254736699952 and +254700699952. Kenya is GMT +3 hours and does not have summertime/daylight savings. Please note that in camp the use of mobiles is not permitted in public areas or on game drives.
It is customary to tip your guide and camp staff however it is not compulsory and tips should only be given if you are satisfied with the service provided.
For further information, please contact:
P.O Box 15236, Nairobi 00509.
Tel: +254 – 20 – 8890358 or 8890 541.
Telkom wireless: +254 020 2493569/2493512
Duty Mobile: +254 0736 888055/0700 888 055