Liz & Stefano Cheli – Owners
Liz and Stefano grew up in Kenya, and started Cheli & Peacock Safaris in 1985 to tailor authentic safari experiences for travellers. Back then, they broke the mould by employing local people from the areas they operated within, and supporting community conservation initiatives. Their ability to merge luxury safari experiences with grassroots impact made Cheli & Peacock one of East Africa’s leading safari companies. Liz and Stefano began visiting the Kitich valley in the 1980s, and jumped at the opportunity to take over Kitich Forest Camp in 2008, when its previous owner, Giulio Bertolli (of olive oil fame) offered it for sale.
Stephen & Tania Hitchins – Owners
Stephen and Tania are the founders of the Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club in Almeria, South East Spain - Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course. They also specialise in residential and commercial development in the UK, where they are based. Their love affair with Kenya started many years ago, and they bring this passion to Kitich.
Tiziano Allegretti – Manager
Italian by blood but Kenyan by association, Tiziano grew up in a family of safari guides, who developed and manage camps in Tsavo National Park in southern Kenya. After finishing school, Tiziano went to South Africa for 12 years, and became a leading Wildlife Guide Assessor for the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa, as well as a Senior Trainer where he mentored aspiring young guides. Tiziano brought this wealth of experience back home to Kenya, and has been working at Kitich since 2018.
In his own words, “the pleasure of being a safari guide is the role of interpreting nature’s wonders and complex mechanisms”.
Mbongolo Leabekei, Ltausen Lekalkalo, Ljaluoi Lolokuria – Guides
The guides at Kitich Forest Camp were born and raised in the area, and know the forest intimately — from the medicinal properties of plants, to the tracks, spoors and calls of the different birds and mammals. As members of the Samburu community, they have a rich cultural heritage they are proud to share. All our guides are former cattle herders, but between them now have 40 years experience working at Kitich.
James Lebite - Chef
James has worked at Kitich for 12 years, sourcing the ingredients for his delicious dishes from local sellers, or our kitchen garden, wherever possible. Before Kitich, James worked in the community health centre.
Sumuland Lemojong - Head Waiter & Barman
Sumuland is part of the Kitich fabric, having worked here since 1990. He is from the local area, and has seen first hand the positive impact that responsible tourism has had on his community and the forest. He feel proud to have been a part of this, and looks forward to welcoming you to Kitich.
Lmariao Lolokuria & Lapparaine Lekerpees - Head Room Stewards
Livestock herders turned room stewards Lmariao and Lapparaine have worked at Kitich for a combined 27 years.