Kicheche Spot of the Week

And Rooney scores…

Well at least someone did! This week we have to talk about Kevin ...... again. Mr Kevin Rooney is not on debut at Kicheche and returned for his full game last week. His safari to labour the football (soccer) analogy, was like a five-all extra time derby all rolled into one.

Chattergun approach

There is a guide at Bush Camp that answers to 'mwalimu' (teacher) but perhaps should be known as 'mchawi' (magician). He also answers to Patrick Koriata and is as charming, funny, knowledgeable and perceptive as the very best of them.

Family Jewels

Single parent, double, surrogate or foster, the faunal kingdom is underwritten by families. Right now all Kicheche camps resemble one big nursery: cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, even primates are all dropping their young. Fortunately for the predators, so are the topi and even some late arrivals into the antelope creche, so the larder is burgeoning.

Good things come…

In 2008 a single cheetah clambered up the gnarly weathered trunk of a single Boscia deep in the heart of Olare Conservancy. Kicheche Bush Camp was nascent then and this sort of sighting was a thrill as guides felt this was surely the arboreal preserve for leopards.

Tiny Wight Spots

Meet Nancie Wight, Charles Wandero you know. Nancie is quite the Kicheche servant but even her back catalogue did not include tiny leopard cubs on granite.

Spat of the Week

Whatever the arena, whenever weighing up an adversary, there is much to contemplate: speed, size, number, hunger and risk. When it goes awry it can be disastrous but also spectacular.

Oh My, Darling

For many months now Kicheche has been inundated with constant messages from people utterly thrilled to be back on 'home soil'. Some have counted down the days from many days out and most are not shy on expressing their emotions upon arrival.

Dyer’s traits

Laura and Dan visited all three Mara Conservancies and were kind enough to showcase some images. These two may be close to having a plaque etched for them but they are utterly cognisant that it is the four legged fauna that are really the stars. I'll therefore let them do the talking, you pick your favourite.

Don’t walk away Renee

Meet Renee Doyle. Finally, after too many years of incarceration she arrives 'home' .... her words: "Visiting Kicheche Bush Camp never short-changes - after 3 long years locked up in Australia, it was a thrill to be back visiting friends, two legged and four, getting a long-awaited bush fix!

Rhodeshow

There are countless ways to gauge a safari with no defining or burnished template. However, cats are rarely far from the top table. This week's Spot is curated from a burgeoning and brilliant portfolio from a favourite daughter of Kicheche: Charlotte Rhodes.

Buffalo wings it

The one factor that really upgrades a wildlife encounter is action and when this involves two of the major signature species in confrontation it hardens the currency somewhat. Meet the Crosslands, first-time Kichechians out early (obvs) with Peter Njapit and they came across the fabled Marsh Lions in the heart of Mara North Conservancy, rather than their normal Reserve turf. This was an extended bout with the lionesses doing most of the work (sound familiar?).

‘They’re coming home’

In sports gnus this week we are delighted to report that our squad is tearing down the wings and up the centre, poised, panting on the edge of the danger area, waiting for the perfect cross. They show a clean pair of heels to most of the opposition and emerge victorious at the end.

Barrett Home

Sandra Barrett was determined to take her Kicheche safari and although she has had a frustrating wait (three cancellations), it seems her timing was impeccable for her fourth time lucky.

The C Word

You know the scene, you are driving quietly with eyes peeled and the radio crackles with an excited gasp from a Motorola Maa missive. The critical word of the hurried translation is 'cubs'. Few things increase the pulse of any Kichechian than this simple four letter word.

Family fortunes

The Martens have travelled to Kicheche so many times (critically bounteously in the last two years) that they are almost part of the furniture. With a pair of gorgeous girls, they clearly feel completely at home in the bush and particularly at the eponymously named Kicheche camp there. James Nampaso is like a brother and uncle all in one, but even he was not prepared for their frankly ridiculous game drives.

Crown Jules

Royalty in camp again.  Jules Oldroyd seems to have her faunal subjects on a lead as she photographs award - winners quicker than British favourites dropping out of the All England club.

Berger Kings

Meet the Bergers, no strangers to Africa but first timers to Kicheche Laikipia. They and Peter Karuiki put on a whopper of a safari. Each sighting was a nugget seemingly choreographed to outdo the previous one, from elephants in the sunrise to rainbowed rhinos. Aardvarks are tough, but not to this crowd. Leopards in Laikipia are even harder currency but one of the girls spotted this beauty on the flame-grilled grass.

Family Reunion

When camps close for the season it is not just a close season for staff, it is a period away from the animals,  many that guides and guests have grown attached to. Throughout the year we answer countless questions from people wanting to know the whereabouts and welfare of their favourites. For many - they tell us this too - Spot (obviously everyone reads it as well as gazing at the pictures...) is like leafing through a family album.

Clean, green and just has to be seen.

Andrew Obaga is excited, he has good reason to be: three spanking new tents, a well-appointed, deceptively spacious freshly-designed photography mess and a young starting chef who's orange shortbread this afternoon has already been labelled as best in class, by a 25-safari veteran.

The Queen – Fig Tribute

The Kicheche inbox has been groaning for a fortnight now with cwt. of Fig images. (Particularly from those who sent them at 10MB resolution or Tiff files!!) As important as the beautiful imagery are, the many heartfelt words touched us all and particularly those at Bush Camp.  

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