Kicheche Walking Safari
Kicheche Camp in the Masai Mara is now offering an escorted walking safari with an overnight stay at a fly-camp in the bush. (A fly camp is a simple lightweight camp where only the mesh flysheet of the tent is put up - allowing you to see the night sky from inside the tent, whilst still affording adequate shelter.)
Walking Safaris are led by Andy Webb, the Kicheche Camp manager, and are escorted by an armed ranger. It is an outstanding opportunity to see the Mara from a completely different perspective and also offers some welcome exercise whilst on safari. Walking provides an opportunity to explore the smaller aspects of savannah life such as birds, grasses and insects, and you are also likely to see some larger game en-route.
At the end of the walk you arrive at the camp, which will already have been set up. After a welcome bush shower there is a hearty dinner, followed by post-prandial drinks around the campfire. The next morning you will be woken with a piping hot cup of tea of coffee brought to your tent and, once revived, you will make your way back towards Kicheche taking a different route.
Andy Webb leads all the departures, he is a qualified professional guide from Zimbabwe who has been in the safari business for twenty years. He has guided many walking safaris and through his work, mostly in Southern Africa, has accumulated an incredible knowledge on Africa's ecology. In short: an absolute fountain of knowledge. The walking safaris are only run by Andy Webb, should he be on leave or otherwise unavailable, the safari will not run.
A lightweight fly-camp, staffed by a cook and a camp hand, is set up in advance of your arrival. Tents are of the small dome variety suitable for 2 persons and equipped with camp beds, bedrolls, chairs and a washstand. Ablutions consist of a long-drop toilet and bush shower. A lightweight mess shelter will be used in the event of rain.
The walking is not strenuous and there are numerous stops at points of interest. The distance covered is approximately five kilometres on the first day (taking around three hours) and the same on return the following morning.
Walking safaris depart every Sunday and Thursday at 3pm, returning the following day at 10am. Bookings should be made in advance as availability is limited to six guests. Bookings made whilst at Kicheche will be accepted subject to availability.
The Kicheche Walking Safari is at a supplement of £40 per person on top of the Kicheche Camp nightly rate - which is £108 /£129 per person (low /high season).
Low season = 01 - 30 June, 01 November - 14 December
Peak season = 01 January - 31, 01 July - 31 October, 15 - 31 December
Booking information: for an itinerary and prices email us or call 0207 622 5114 and ask to speak to a Kenya consultant