If you want a traditional safari in the back of a 4x4, you won’t find it here.
If you’re looking for the chance to ditch the dulcet humming of an engine and walk through pristine ancient forest with a local tracker, treading in the footprints of a leopard to the sound of a hundred bird calls – you’ve come to the right place.
The forests around camp are home to over 350 bird species, more than 150 species of butterfly, a number of wild forest orchids, and a rare and endemic giant cycad – a plant that looks like it belongs in the age of the dinosaurs. They are also home to forest elephants, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hog and the only population of De Brazza monkeys in Kenya.
Walking is the only way to truly experience this magical place, and we have experienced Samburu trackers on staff who have an incredible mental map of the forest paths, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the tracks, spoors and calls of local wildlife. All walks are accompanied by an armed ranger.
Kitich Forest Camp has recently purchased 5 quad bikes, and is offering a day at the Reteti Elephant Orphanage and the singing wells. We are within the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy (along with Sarara Camp), with shared access to the orphanage.
Or spend a fun afternoon ride visiting the colourful local community.
Swimming in Rock Pools
There is no chlorinated, tiled swimming pool at Kitich Forest Camp. Instead, guests can take a dip in a crystal clear, spring-fed forest pool and enjoy swimming the way it should be – in the wild.
Bush Picnics and Sundowners
We’ve got a few fantastic spots in the forest for guests to enjoy a picnic lunch – which is organised and packed by our kitchen team. So whether you would like lunch by the rock pool after a morning’s swimming, or in a quiet forest clearing where you can listen out for the different bird calls, we’ve got it covered.
Having a ‘sundowner’ is a safari tradition, which simply involves finding a spot to enjoy a drink while watching the sun go down after a hard day’s play in the bush. We like to uphold this tradition at Kitich, and there are a number of sundowner spots for guests to enjoy.
Cultural Visits: Singing Wells and Ngilai Village
The culture of the Samburu people is rooted in their cattle, and their semi-nomadic lifestyle is determined by the seasons. Close to Kitich Forest Camp are the Singing Wells, deep excavations made by young warriors in dry riverbeds in order to reach water for their livestock. They sing as they scoop water from the bottom, pass it up, and pour it into wooden troughs; a process which can involve several young men. The singing helps them keep the rhythm of their chain, and has a soothing effect on their cattle (and anyone watching!). Guests have the unique opportunity to visit the Singing Wells with a guide on certain days.
Ngilai is the closest settlement to Kitich Forest Camp. On a day-trip here, guests can experience life in a traditional Samburu village, from the buzzing market to the local school.
This visit requires a donation that will go to supporting community projects.
Night Game Viewing
The Camp’s cosy lounge overlooks an open river glade, which is floodlit at night. Elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and occasionally leopard emerge from the forest after dark to drink from the river, or dig for natural salts, and guests can watch night life unfold from the comfort of camp.
Weddings & Honeymoons
Kitich Camp is the prefect venue for a wild, private wedding and we can cater for a number of different ceremonies and blessings. Talk to us to explore ideas, we’d love to be a part of your special day.
We also offer honeymoon packages, with details upon enquiry.