A trip to the bush should be a life-changing experience, but it’s tricky to get it right. Old hand Chris Haslam is your guide…...more
The ultimate beginner’s trip
‘Quality is more important than duration on safari — and for “quality”, don’t read “luxury” — so keep your first trip short, simple and intense.
Three nights at Kicheche Mara Camp (kicheche.com), in Kenya, will pack in enough experiences to feel like a week. The camp — a favourite with big-name wildlife photographers — comprises eight traditional safari tents in the Mara North Conservancy, community-owned land leased by a safari collective to create a private game reserve on the borders of the Masai Mara. The huge numbers of grazing animals provide good living for the resident predators, including the Gold Leaf lion pride (two males, nine females and 10 cubs at the last count), cheetahs on the plains and leopards in the acacia woodlands. Kicheche’s silver-badge guides will show you them all.
What impresses most about this camp is its flexibility. If you wish to stay out all day, bush picnics will be arranged. If you want to spend the day watching a cheetah, rather than charging around ticking off other species, you can do so, and when you finally get back to camp, the Tusker beer will be cold.’