Mara Conservancy

Kicheche Mara Camp

Overview

Classic safari, forward thinking conservation

You’ll discover this timeless tented camp nestled in a stunning valley in the Mara North Conservancy. Kicheche Mara Camp’s octagonal tents are set on wooden platforms and dotted along the seasonal Olare Orok stream, and offer you the perfect place from which to see the local birdlife and grazing plains game. You’ll truly feel immersed in the wilderness.

Because it is located in a prime wildlife area of the conservancy, game viewing often starts right there in the camp before you even set out. It’s the perfect base for your Maasai Mara safari.

A Long Run property, it is at the forefront of conservation and community work, serving as an example to other camps and lodges in the area.

Facts

At a glance

  • Eight tents

  • Sleep out under the stars

  • Small intimate spa

  • Curio shop

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Experiences

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    Game drives

    Spend your early mornings and late afternoons out watching wildlife from a customised safari vehicle. Your guide’s experience and instincts will help you find outstanding photo opportunities. Drives can often be extended if the viewing is especially good, and picnics and sundowners can be added. Beanbags are provided for optimal photography conditions, and armrests can be lowered to mount platforms for larger lenses.

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    Fly camping

    Head out on an escorted walking safari and spend the night in a fly-camp in the bush. You’ll be accompanied by a senior guide and armed ranger as you get to see the Mara from a completely unique perspective. Get up close to life in the savannah as you discover birds, plants and insects. You may even spot larger game along the way.

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    Hot air ballooning

    Take to the skies on a popular hot air balloon ride at sunrise and spend an hour gliding over the plains before landing for breakfast and a game drive back to camp. This excursion is at an extra cost.

Community & Culture

The Kicheche Community Trust, which was set up in 2004, funds various projects in the nearby communities. The aim is to encourage people to preserve the environment while also improving their own welfare. Projects focus on improving health and education facilities.

You can take the opportunity to visit an authentic Maasai village and learn about their traditions and culture. It’s a great chance to buy handicrafts and perhaps even be there for market day when cattle are traded.

Conservation

Set in a semi-arid ecosystem, the rainwater collection system at Kicheche has helped to supplement 15% of consumption annually. In addition, the camp uses bucket showers.

The Mara North Conservancy was established by member camps and landowners to help protect the migratory routes of animals. It has also helped the land recover from past overgrazing. Tourist and vehicle numbers are kept to a minimum. This not only provides you with an exclusive safari experience, but it also means the impact on the environment is minimal.

A grazing scheme sees landowners bringing their cattle into parts of the conservancy, helping them especially in the drier seasons.

Footprint

The electricity at camp is provided by solar power, which also provides hot water for the showers. There is a backup generator on site for overcast days. All firewood and charcoal used in the camp comes from verified sustainable sources.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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