KITICH FOREST CAMP - MATHEWS MOUNTAIN RANGE
The Mathews Mountain Range rise up out of the desert; a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. Within this lush indigenous forest Kitich Forest Camp is an idyllic hideaway and offering its guests a private and unique forest wildlife experience. The camp is small with just 6 ensuite tents and nestles in a grove of fig trees, indigenous flowering shrubs and prehistoric cycad palms on the bank of the Ngeng River.
Set in a pristine wildernessKitich Forest Camp avoids traditional game drives and instead encourages guests to explore this wild environment on foot guided by local guides. Swim in natural rock pools formed by crystal clear mountain streams, learn traditional ways of tracking wildlife and unwind by a cosy log fire in the evenings with nothing but the sights and sounds of this pure wilderness.
Kitish Forest Camp is located in the Namunyak Community Conservancy - Mathews Mountain Range in Kenya. The nearest airstrip is Samburu Kalama airstrip which is approximately 4 hours' drive from camp.
Kitich Forest Camp was originally established as a camp in the forest, intended to have as little a footprint as possible and blend in with the wild landscape around it.
With just six en-suite canvas tents the camp offers all the rustic charm of an old-school safari experience without compromising on comfort and luxury. Each tent has its own private veranda overlooking the Ngeng River valley, frequented by elephants, painted dogs, buffalo and antelope. The bathrooms are equipped with a flushing toilet and hot showers.
With a maximum of only 12 guests in Camp at any one time meals are enjoyed together in the dining area overlooking a lush river glade. The daily set menu features age-old Italian recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients from the kitchen garden. Mealtimes are relaxed and the camp offers a small range of good house wines as well as a selection of beer and spirits. For those who fancy lunch al fresco in the forest the kitchen team are more than happy to come and meet you on the trail with a beautifully prepared picnic.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The Mathews Mountains Range is a place where elephants forge trails amongst ancient hardwood trees and endemic cycads, where crystal clear streams form natural swimming pools, and where rare and endangered monkeys thrive under the protection of local Samburu communities. The camp is nestled in one of the valleys overlooking a river frequented by African painted dogs, colourful birds, leopards and elephants and the area is a haven for more than 350 bird species and 150 species of butterfly.
Guided walks - the forests around camp are home to 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 the camp has experienced Samburu trackers 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.
Quad Biking - Kitich Forest Camp has recently purchased 5 quad bikes and is offering a day at the Reteti Elephant Orphanage and the singing wells. Or spend a fun afternoon ride visiting the colourful local community.
Swimming in Rock Pools - there is no chlorinated swimming pool at Kitich Forest Camp. Instead you 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 - 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, the camp will bring you a picnic in the wild.
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 in the bush.
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 which are 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.
Ngilai is the closest settlement to Kitich Forest Camp. On a day-trip here you 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 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.
KITISH FOREST CAMP IS CLOSED FROM THE 15TH MARCH TO THE 15TH JUNE AND FROM THE 15TH NOVEMBER TO THE 15TH DECEMBER EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN FROM THE AGE OF 3 YEARS OLD