Please join us in congratulating our friends at Kicheche Valley Camp in the Naboisho Conservancy for being named as one of the "hottest" new hotels in the world for 2012 by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine! This is a major honor, especially because only two properties in all of Kenya were selected!
Here's what Conde Nast had to say about Kicheche Valley Camp
Best Room: Tent one is farthest from the others and has the most sweeping vistas
The specs: Six tents and a dining lounge at the top of a valley in the 55,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy. The camp is unusually family-friendly, with Masai bodyguards who entertain youngsters too restless for game drives.
The look: Tents with king-size beds have indoor showers and toilets, outdoor decks, and space for children’s beds. Inside, white-wood laminate floors and campaign-style white-canvas ceilings showcase well-curated Moroccan kilims and Congolese kuba cloths.
The experience: The best time to visit is early September, after the school holidays, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeests are still rutting in the Greater Masai Mara ecosystem. With just seven camps and community permission to drive off road, Naboisho has one of the lowest tourist densities of any game-viewing habitat in the Masai Mara—no traffic jams around a lion kill here. Giraffes, topi, impalas, lions, and elephants are plentiful year-round. Veteran camp managers Patrick and Johanna Stromvall are wonderful conversationalists, while young Maasai guides from the local community are passionate about their work.
According to Extraordinary Journey's President and Co-Founder Marcia Gordon there is a lot of buzz about the new camps [including Kicheche Valley] in the Naibosho Conservancy which is located in the northeast sector outside the Mara. She notes that between December and February there is often a secondary migration of wildebeest from Loita Hills (different from the great migration between Tanzania and Kenya) which travels through the Conservancy. The camps are beautiful and the Conservancy plays an important role in preserving this important migration route. The wildlife experience should get better and better at the Conservancy over time.
Here at Extraordinary Journey's we also love Kicheche Mara Camp, a classic tented camp nestled in the Aitong Plains in the northern region of the Maasai Mara. This rustic, tasteful camp in a prime wildlife area provides everything you need to be very comfortable in the bush. Six spacious, insect proof, canvas tents have en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers and flush toilets. Hammocks outside your tent invite afternoon naps. Animal watching enthusiasts will enjoy the emphasis on the wildlife viewing experience and photographers will appreciate the charging area for cameras and open sided game viewing vehicles. In addition, the Kicheche Community Project, established in 2004, has fast become a reliable source of funding for projects in and around the Aitong area.
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