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All our guides are KPSGA Silver graded

At Kicheche we ensure you are led by an elite guide from the top 5% of the country’s pool.

Watch two of our exceptional guides, Charles and Jimmy, with over 15 years a piece, talk us through their guiding journeys at Kicheche.
James Nampaso

Kicheche Bush Olare

You generally hear the rumbling laugh before you catch sight of him, which is saying something for his laugh as he towers over most, even Maasai. Adept with families, photographers, honeymooners or whoever we throw at him, he is an integral part of the Bush Camp Holy trinity.

James Nampaso picked up the prestigious accolade of Best Safari Guide at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019. Over 4000 guides received nominations, he now owns this covetous prize. 12 years ago James was a tent attendant. We are all just so proud.

Josphat Sapit

Kicheche Bush Olare

This enterprising mechanic started oiling the wheels of Kicheche Landcruisers eight years ago. Full of drive and determination with no little pedal to the metal, he successfully steered himself through Koyaiki guiding school and earned his Kicheche colours, passing his Silver level guiding exam in 2019.
A hugely popular guide,  nicknamed  ‘Lucky, the leopard whisperer’ as he has an uncanny knack of spotting these elusive cats.

Johnson Kepera

Kicheche Valley Naboisho

Photography, tick, families, tick, spotting skills, tick, sense of humour … many ticks, Johnson is one of a kind. Normally resident at Valley Camp this magnificent Maasai knows every acacia, cat and termite mound in all three Conservancies. He works tremendously hard every day without fail and is NEVER without a big smile on his face. With children he is like the pied piper and it seems that way with elusive wildlife too as he leads them all a merry dance with his gentle yet persistent tune. We are very glad Johnson found us, he is hugely popular, a big asset and sparkling example to all.

Charles Wandero

Kicheche Bush Olare

Whenever there is a good sighting in Olare Orok conservancy or the reserve the chances are Charles was there first. This broad-shouldered, softly spoken Kikuyu is a rock for Kicheche, consistently one of our most requested guides.

Patrick Koriata

Kicheche Bush Olare

Patrick is not only a truly outstanding guide in every aspect, he is also a very intelligent man who can discuss traditional Maasai dancing with the same vim and vigour as he can gestation periods. He is Kicheche to the core, he was once asked what he likes best about his job ‘ hearing that people are returning and requesting me as their guide again’, he must really like his job then as he gets asked this a lot.

Simon Alepel Lomelo

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Whether he does have mystical skills in locating wild dogs is still under debate but he is frankly astonishing when it comes to canids and other predators for that matter. An ardent twitcher from Naivasha and upcoming photographer.

Peter Kariuki

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His guests have made comments that he’s careful and sensitive to their needs. Knowledgeable, considerate and very sensitive to all safari-goers needs.

Mika Kaleku

Kicheche Valley Naboisho

If this young man is the future of the Mara, we are in safe hands. Simply a brilliant guide, silver qualified, looking to increase his carat value, he is a prized asset. This is a man who can hold a deep conversation
with a full vehicle, sipping his chai whilst looking over his shoulder driving on lumpy granite … and still spot a leopard cub.

Bernard Soit

Kicheche valley Naboisho

Another top graduate from the guiding school (which Kicheche sponsors) Bernard is home grown from Ole Sere and revels in the continual success of the Mara Naboisho conservancy, his own back yard. Regularly provides ‘Spots’ of the week and is a fantastic birder.

Benjamin Kaluena

Kicheche Bush Olare

Seven years ago Benja was a tent assistant. No longer, he is now one of our most senior and accomplished members of the guiding inner circle. He is not only another of the top spotters, he also has a wonderful temperament.

Langisa Twala

Kicheche Valley Naboisho

He goes by the moniker Magic Twala from visitors. He is a fantastic guide who is extremely knowledgeable and has a wonderful personality. Nothing is ever too hard or too difficult for him because he is a positive individual who gets along with everyone and is passionate about his work.

Jimmy Tinka

Kicheche Mara North

Another extremely popular guide, Jimmy is also incredibly hard-working as well as a tremendous spotter. Whether it is bee eaters, hyena pups or serval, Jimmy misses nothing. It is a ridiculous CV for one so comparatively young.

George Nampaso

Kicheche Mara North

Past through guiding school with flying colours, George has family connections all over the Mara but is never happier than when guiding. Thoughtful, quietly spoken and thorough, he has a fantastic future with us.

Paul Kasaine

Kicheche Mara North

Paul is a very knowledgeable guide and at the same time gentle, caring and very concerned about the welfare of his guests. Guests say that he is either super lucky in finding all the wildlife or so good at it! He also has a good eye for wildlife photography.

Peter Njapit

Kicheche Mara North

Lively guide with outstanding humour and also very popular with families.

Dickson Mako

Kicheche Mara North

Amazing eyesight and top-notch wildlife spotting. He is patient and interesting to hold conversations with and guests have complimented his vast knowledge of wildlife and birds. His incredible efforts in spotting as many animals as possible on safari have been applauded by many.

David Nchoe

Kicheche Mara North

Lean, keen and often seen, David is making large areas of Mara North his own. He has the uncanny ability of not only finding often notoriously elusive game but also being in the right place when the action starts.


what our clients say

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Gerald is an African Safari guide, who, in our opinion, deserves an award for outstanding excellence. He has vast amounts of knowledge of the land, people, and animals. His patience and understanding were second to none which made our bucket list holiday into a trip of a lifetime. His professional dedication towards wildlife conservation and educating people who visit from all around the world, like us, definitely makes the world a better place.
Angela & Wilson - Australia
Patrick has been an excellent guide, he always manages to put us exactly where the animals are going to be, so they come to us rather than us following them. He is knowledgeable about all the birds and animals and has a great sense of humour. He has really made this a fantastic safari with a real gift for his role as a guide.
Ravin & Ria
Jimmy understands wildlife photography and gets the vehicle in just the right position.
Janet & Richard - UK

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