Set in a truly stunning position on the edge of the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Masai Mara, Angama Mara is an exclusive, owner-run safari lodge offering a luxurious base from which to explore this incredible reserve and its variety of game.
Kicheche Mara Camp
Kicheche Mara is a simple but beautiful tented camp, set along a stream with sweeping views of vast savanna grasslands. During the migration months of June to October, these plains can be covered in wildebeest, which you can both see and hear from the camp throughout the day. Completely unfenced, the property has the feel of a mobile camp and offers an authentic bush safari experience, with the small number of tents and friendly staff creating an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. The main communal area consists of a lounge with comfortable seating and open sides, offering wonderful views over the surrounding bush.
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Overlooking the valley and Olare Orok stream, each of the tents is spacious and comfortable, featuring double or twin beds and an en suite bathroom with flush toilet, basin and safari-style hot water bucket shower. Lighting is solar powered and available 24 hours a day, and there are luggage racks to store your belongings. The rustic wooden furniture, patterned rugs and cushions create a warm, homely feel, while large windows allow for plenty of natural light; the sides of the tents are also able to open up during the day. There are furnished verandas outside each tent where you can relax with a drink or a book while looking out over the bush.
The camp is located in the Acacia Valley, within the Mara North Conservancy. It has a prime location for game viewing, with the annual migration seeing thousands of zebra and wildebeest arriving from the Serengeti - the nearest game crossing point is an hour’s game drive away. The camp is accessed via the Mara North airstrip, which is a 20 minute game drive away.
Food and drink
There is a communal dining tent with open sides, although nearly all meals are eaten outside beneath the acacia trees. Picnic breakfasts and lunches can be made up for you to take out on game drives, and sundowners can also be enjoyed while out in the bush. The fully-stocked bar has a selection of wines and other beverages.
Children can stay at the camp, with triple and quad family tents featuring one double bed and either one or two single beds available. However, no child-specific activities are offered here and the camp is unable to provide baby equipment. In addition, as the camp is unfenced, children must be supervised at all times.
Facilities and activities
The camp’s lounge has a library with a range of reference books, a selection of board games and cards. Cameras and phone batteries can be charged in the dining tent, and a daily laundry service is available. Activities are centred around exploring the conservancy’s rich wildlife, with knowledgeable guides leading game drives and walking safaris. You may also visit a local Maasai village and school to learn more about the culture and way of life in the Maasai Mara.
Environmental and social responsibility
Kicheche Mara aims to benefit the land, wildlife and community around the camp by supporting health and education in the area through the Kicheche Community Project, which has helped to fund a headmaster for the school and rebuild the Olkimitare Nursery School. The project also gives medicine and bandages to the Aitong Medical Clinic, and has helped to install a pump to provide clean water. Guests from Kicheche have helped support the Aitong Academy with donations of money and equipment. The camp helps to provide long-term employment for the local community, and preserve the wildlife, by offering a scholarship each year to Koyaki Guiding School, and providing traineeships for the guides in camp.
To minimise its environmental impact, the camp uses solar panels to generate electricity, and water dispensers are included in each room so that plastic drinking bottles can be reused. Water is heated using recycled charcoal dust pellets, and all non-biodegradable waste is removed from the region and taken to a collection point in Nairobi.
Sunrise hot air balloon rides over the Maasai Mara can be arranged through a local operator, allowing you to spot game from above and take in some incredible views of the landscape below. The balloon ride is followed by a champagne breakfast.
We think Kicheche is an excellent camp to stay at during the migration. While it’s located outside of the busy part of the Mara, game is prolific here during the migration, and easy to find.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
This small, authentic camp has an exclusive feel, being one of very few camps set within the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Here you can enjoy fantastic game viewing, and the family safari programme means children and adults alike can explore the area’s rich wildlife and culture.
Bateleur Camp is located just outside the Olololo gate to the park, in a Masai concession area. The plains in front of camp are often frequented by warthog and zebra and wildebeest are never far away.
Elephant Pepper is a lovely little bush camp set just outside the northern boarder of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. During the day they offer game drives and walks with excellent local guides.
Governors' Camp was the first tented camp to be established in the Masai Mara National Reserve. A new chef-training programme has brought the level of the food here to excellent standards, so you can be sure to enjoy some great food after a long day on safari.
A small, intimate tented camp with a focus on environmental sustainability, Kicheche Bush Camp's tents are spread over a kilometre of land. The eco-friendly camp is unfenced, runs completely on solar power and is located amongst some of the most diverse wildlife in the bush.
A small, very comfortable tented camp, Kicheche Valley Camp serves as a good mid-level option for guests looking to experience the Mara in an authentic environment. You may even be lucky enough to see some incredible wildlife from the camp as animals venture close to the grounds.
Little Governors' has a superb position above a small swamp where, during the day, you often see animals coming to graze and drink. Overall it is one of our favourite camps in the Mara.
Naibor is a spacious and stylish safari camp, located on the banks of the Talek River in the Masai Mara Reserve. The food and service is superb, as is the guiding. We warmly recommend it.
Offbeat Mara Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on the Olare Orok water system, on Koyiaki Group Ranch, north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is owner-run and very friendly.
Situated high on a ridge in the Masai Mara’s Naboisho Conservancy, this luxurious camp provides a peaceful retreat while still being in the heart of the action when it comes to wildlife viewing.
Porini Lion Camp is located in the Olare Orok Conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Service is personal, the food is good and you will be well taken care of.
Rekero Tented Camp is located inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, very close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers. It is a firm favourite with repeat visitors to Kenya.
Saruni Mara is a luxurious tented lodge set in the Koyiaki Group Ranch, adjacent to the Masai Mara. Activities include guided bush walks, game drives, while fly camping is also possible.
Serian is an exclusive wilderness camp set alongside a secluded valley flanking the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy. Each of the eight tents is fitted with large double beds flanked by twin bedside tables and a writing desk.
Brimming with authenticity, this rustic camp has a secluded location close to the main Masai Mara National Reserve, offering spacious tents with plenty of privacy.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
ME to WE provides you with the opportunity to experience life with locals in rural Kenya, working on sustainable projects that benefit these communities in the longer term.
Watch out for the giraffe hiding in the trees, antelope on the plains and roosting birds. As the sun comes up the views are superb - one of the most beautiful sights in Africa.