Kitich Camp Offers Rejuvenation in Kenya’s Mathews Mountains
Kitich Camp in the Mathews Mountains of Kenya is offering a place to refresh body, mind and soul. The camp is located in a remote valley, under a canopy of trees. It is the only camp in the Mathews Mountain Range, offering exclusive access into the forest. Kitich Camp does not offer conventional safari game drives but instead offers walking safaris in Mathews forest led by professional guides as well as indigenous Samburu and Ndorobo warriors.
For those looking to immerse themselves in the culture of the indigenous people, the Samburu guides will take guests to visit with their families. Depending on the day, guests are invited to witness a local market where the Samburu and Ndorobo people gather to buy and trade vegetables, beads and other items. Other activities include bush breakfasts, sundowners, and picnics. At night, there is a campfire under the stars overlooking the river glade where guests can catch a glimpse of the nocturnal visitors who come to drink and hunt.
The Mathews Forest is a 220,000-acre tropical montane forest, home to a spectacular array of flora and fauna boasting over 150 different species of butterflies (that’s roughly 15 percent of all of Kenya’s butterfly population) as well as wild orchids and ancient cycad trees. It also harbors the rare De Brazza Monkey along with forest antelope, wild dogs, leopards, elephants and an astonishing array of bird life.
In 2011, Kitich Camp received a Silver Eco-Rating Certification from Ecotourism Kenya, an award for responsible resource use, environmental conservation, and socio-economic investment. Kitich operates without a generator, relying solely on solar power and using only LED lighting. As a partner with the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Kitich Camp directly benefits its surrounding communities by working with them on at a grass roots level; lodge and bed fees as well as conservancy fees are all paid directly to the locals. Other partnerships and projects include the Tusk Trust, an organization dedicated to protecting African wildlife, as well as a rain water harvesting project, and a project for the construction and furnishing of a teachers block at Ngilai Primary School.
Kitich features six traditional safari-style guest tents, all with en suite bathrooms and exceptional views of the lush gorge of the Ngeng River. Its intimate size (only 12 guests at a time) allows for all activities to be tailored to suit individual wants and needs. From a rigorous morning hike to an afternoon dip in the natural rock pools of the crystal mountain streams, experience the perfect balance to boost fitness and mind-body connection. Rates for the three-day adventure package start at $400 per person double occupancy per night.
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