Twala Time

'I've been on seven safaris, but Kicheche Valley Camp is the only one I've ever returned to' so spoke the charming Amy Battis as she arrived at Kicheche's Naboisho stronghold for the second time.

Ups and Downs

An open Boscia tree in the heart of Naboisho Conservancy. Short grass, two leopards and Sankuet being rather greedy with two Thomson's kills. Unfortunately with a cub as boisterous and mischievous as this young five-month-old scamp, accidents generally happen.

Natural Highs

When lions escort you to dinner you know you are doing something right. Ola and Chris have kindly shared the album of their time in the high plains of Kicheche Laikipia, guided by the genius that is Peter Kariuki.

Birth Control

Dan Heap, long time Kicheche friend, was with David Nchoe when they witnessed this - two hours of parental protection against a small clan of spotted hyenas. This mother was in a whole Heap of trouble but showed remarkable bravery, helped slightly by the hyenas appearing to have no real plan...

Kicheche’s 12 Days of Christmas

It's that time of the year so sit back and mull over this year's seasonal production. All year you have supported us, it is now time to thank you with this original take on a classic festive favourite. The camps are almost full, Kicheche you all know, is not just for Christmas.

Storm Sentinels

Some eschew wet weather, it is not to everybody's taste, but if you want drama there is nowhere like it, as early feathery cumulus builds into an angry charcoal nimbus, leavened by snarling and brooding thunderheads and fired by mid-afternoon convection. Within minutes the sky is disembowelled by storms which normally reside in the bible's pages.

Name of the Game

Naming wild animals is contentious at best. Simple ID numbers are often employed and understandable, cloying western names perhaps not so. A young originally shy male leopard that has skulked around Kicheche Mara Camp for a while is now being seen with some regularity and is worthy of some recognition.

A Shot in the Dark

For a photographer or anyone who appreciates those really special, precious, and often fleeting wildlife moments, it is best to be alert just after dawn or as the sun drops for the day. A lot needs to line up for this to work but this is where the Kicheche magicians take control.

Where there’s fieldcraft, there’s witchcraft

Enter Zarek Cockar, a rare high carat gold certified guide setting the gold standard with some of our seasoned guides he describes as 'some of the best in the business.' He's right but, as Patrick would proclaim: every day is a school day and Zarek spent a week with the supposed C-list species bringing them out of the wings into the limelight.

Patience and Pitfalls

Not everyone who arrives at Kicheche even has a camera, many believing that magical wildlife moments are best recorded by memory rather than megapixels, but a good number love this popular yet deeply frustrating hobby.