Sustainable safaris are more important than ever, they ensure a long-term positive impact in our wildlife environment. Passion for conserving these ecosystems secures habitat for wildlife in Kenya and the future of the communities upon whose land they reside.
Our sustainable model and practices minimise any negative environmental impacts, focusing on maximizing positive impact on the environment, community and conservation.
Whether it’s a game drive in our first electric safari vehicle, participating in conservation activities or visiting communities, your contribution is invaluable.
‘My Safari was Electric’
The EV-1 is a game-changer on game drives across the great plains of Mara North Conservancy. We are amped up to provide the cleanest solar energy with 6,600 watts of solar panels set up at Kicheche Mara Camp to charge our fleet’s frugal flagship, EV-1.
- No diesel combustion engine, no gearbox, no fuel tank and no more carbon emissions!
- The silent and environmentally friendly EV-1 can approach wildlife without disturbing them.
We are excited to offer one customised photography vehicle at each camp in the Mara to give photographers a lower and comfortable vantage point to photograph. With the lens platform and bean bags provided, photographers can capture eye-level images rarely available before.
Our gifted and highly knowledgeable guides are experienced in working with all levels of photographers and select optimal positions at sightings, taking both lighting and animal behaviour into account.
Photo vehicles accommodate a maximum of three people and must be reserved on an exclusive basis.
Andrew Obaga moves to Kicheche Mara
Until August last year, Kicheche Laikipia camp was Andrew’s home. He joined the company in 2010 as a junior guide and ended up working his way up to camp manager.
He shares his experience and the journey, in his own words…
Six months later, I am not only settled but have formed and become part of the larger Kicheche Mara camp family.
KLC, you birthed, natured and encouraged me walk to the fountain where the family jewel was spawned! You will always be in my mind…..now; Kicheche Mara camp is my home.
Come August and I found myself in Kicheche Mara camp in Mara North Conservancy – one of the largest community conservancies in the Mara. A gem of a wildlife ecosystem in Kenya and perhaps I’m biased, the best wildlife area in the world!
Later I had mixed feelings – on one hand, the temptation and urge of leaving home for the first time in a long time – it almost felt like a young kid leaving home and the bounds of parents to enjoy the freedom of the world but on the other hand, the safety of familiarity and the warmth of workmates who had become family.
As the oracle goes…. change is the ever present factor in human life, so in mid-2020 our GM casually floated the idea of a transfer to any one of our properties in Masai Mara which I affirmed without even thinking twice … I was not fed up with KLC as we fondly referred to Kicheche Laikipia camp but more so the excitement of change.
The pleasure of being welcomed by familiar faces when I got through the door immediately made me feel at home again – the genuine smile from Lenkume, a Kicheche housekeeping veteran of 22 years, set my worries aside…”Karibu sana” as he ushered me in!
Wanderlust reader event: on safari in the Masai Mara
Kicheche Bush Camp award-winning guide James Nampaso and outspoken photographer/guide Paul Goldstein inspired Wanderlust Travel members with many extraordinary wildlife tales and answered many burning questions on a virtual fireside chat. If you’d like to watch the full recording, please watch here
SEE HOW ECO – FRIENDLY YOUR KICHECHE SAFARI IS!
WATCH THIS VIDEO BY REGULAR GUEST RACHEL CHAPMAN