Kicheche Spot of the Week

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.  

Fig, leopard, queen of Olare Conservancy, Masai Mara Kenya

RIP FIG 2012 - March 5th 2022 The Queen is dead ...Guides and guests stood by traumatised this evening as a brutal Alpha male invaded a small unthreatening enclave North of the Ntiakntiak river and butchered its inhabitant.Despite brave resistance this leonine tyrant savaged its innocent prey in an unprovoked, un-necessary and seemingly unwarranted attack.

A Giant step for Lionkind

You get forced to postpone your safari three times then you catch the pesky virus yourself. Finally, you arrive and all that hassle is vapourised by Benja's reception committee above camp.  Thanks for your patience and stoicism team Eisenberger, you know it was the right decision when this happens and respect for the spookily intuitive guiding from Mr B. 

High return

Laura Dyer ... take a bow today. This is not her Spot debut, far from it, she and her husband Dan kept travelling to their favourite camps in Africa throughout the lonely days of 2020 and 21. We salute you both but you really have outdone yourselves this time.

Cheetah chatter

This sleight but fleet-footed cat has many foes. They are well down on the predator food chain but blessed with the faculty no other has and to see one, nostrils flared and body stretched out, hurtling across the plains is a sight every safari fan should see at least once. 

Crèche course

It appears that current guests (and there are plenty) into all four Kicheche Camps are all going back to nursery. Pick a camp, any camp and you will find their pre-school faunal classrooms bursting at the seams.   Cheetah kittens, lion cubs, elephant and rhino calves and even leopard cubs.  

Savage Beauty

When Nelson, Patrick and Charles say they have NEVER witnessed something before (20,000 gamedrives+), it immediately gives the carat value of these two remarkable days at Kicheche Bush Camp.  

Monitor Wizard

Francis Saruni is a high plains sorcerer specializing in high carat spotted gems from the dusty but delightful plains of Mara North. Charming, funny and calm, he is on first name terms with seemingly every animal and indeed Maasai in this priceless Conservancy.    This week he has outdone himself as have the Mara Camp team as they have found their favourite daughter: Nelangu. On granite. With tiny cubs. Plural. Not content with that, Saruni then found her majesty bringing a huge lizard into her stony lounge.

Christmas Epistle

'Twas the night before Christmas When all through the camp Every animal was stirring From lions to elephant (sorry) They had roared and they had sung And managers had glared In hoping that dawn's angel Would soon be there.

Crystal Clare

She ummed and ahed but finally made the right decision and grabbed ten days from London in her favourite back yard. Clare Bates we salute your decision and everyone else booked for this autumn, festive season and beyond.

Chapter and Verse

Barry and Rachel, not for the first time this year, not a difficult choice Barry told me. Their words: 'We had a truly magical stay, across all three camps in the Mara. We adored the electric vehicle at Mara North and love the fact that Kicheche is so purposeful about conservation. The staff were astonishing as always, the perfect mix of attentive and relaxed. The safaris were action packed, we will never tire of watching these beautiful animals. Overall - magnificent.'

Black and White Friday

'And when they are done with trying to eradicate these noble horned creatures in the South they will turn their insidious but high-tech weapons East.' This is what a distressed guide told me last week.

Black Friday

Often it is a very fleeting moment, hard-earned, but brief, but a moment that is forever burnished into your memory mainframe, frequently beyond megapixels.

Champagne Charlie

Out of the big smoke of a London corporate bank, meet Charlie - first day in the Mara ever. Try carry-on lion cub baggage, a cheetah and eland confrontation, breakfast with hippos, and then staggeringly, a full-on zebra take down from fifty metres away. In one day!

Good things come to those…

Three days ago an Air Kenya Twin Otter en route from Kicheche Laikipia kissed the burnished Olare airstrip and disgorged two couples. Sue Emery planted her feet firmly onto the dusty cotton soil and breathed deeply ... they had made it after fifteen years in the making.

Awards of the Week

This week I attended the celebration of the African Wildlife Foundation''s Sixtieth Anniversary and the Benjamin Mkapa Nature's Best Photographic Awards ceremony. The late Benjamin Mkapa, ex President of Tanzania, was an iconic supporter of conservation and the event was graced by the presence of his widow Anna Mkapa along with our CS Tourism Hon Balala. The importance of conservation organisations such as AWF, along with wildlife tourism, cannot be overstated, especially during critical recent times.

Spot (007) of the Week

Karibu Jenny Brown, we've been expecting you. No time to die wondering with these lethal shots, they are right on the money. Penny for your thoughts everyone, are these not are utter gold?

Urs case scenario

Meet one of Switzerland’s finest photographers: Urs Hungerbühler. Feast on this soft and hard faunal selection.

Having kittens.

We are all having them as all restrictions have been lifted from the UK and Kenya. Some countries have been permitting visitors to the Mara for a while now, so step forward Paul and Mary Wemhoff from Michigan who were in the capable stewardship of Admiral Nelson. Their offering is worthy of any spot or indeed 'little spots of the week'. Check out these beauties: an open smooth trunk and a frolicking serval family.

Kiki Dee…light

It appears the French are now treating their patrons like first-class citizens and therefore long time Kicheche fan and favourite Kiki flew in from la belle France to be reunited with his Bush Camp domicile.

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