Seasons & Rates 2016 - 2017

Seasons
HIGHfrom1st Januaryto24th March
16th June31st October
16th December31st December
CLOSEDfrom25th Marchto15th June
1st November15th December
Accommodation Rates
SEASONMEAL PLANPER PERSON SHARINGSINGLE ROOM
HIGHGame Package$468$702

Included in Game Package (GP)

  • Included in Game Package (GP) is accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, beer, house wine & selected spirits (excluding champagne, exclusive cellar wines, cognacs and single malt whiskeys) and laundry
  • Transfers from/to Ngelai airstrip - Kitich Camp
  • Safari activities including bush walks and bush picnics
  • Experienced driver-guides in custom designed safari vehicles accompany all drive activities
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%) including VAT
  • Rates exclude Park and extras not listed above.

thumbs upExceptional Special Offers.

Book 6 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 10% circuit reduction.


Book 9 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 15% circuit reduction.


Book 12 nights or more.. at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 20% circuit reduction.

In order to guarantee the circuit discount, the payment will have to be done in full at the time of the reservation.

Honeymoon Offers
  • Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival in the tent
  • African souvenir for the couple.
Children's Accommodation Rates
Infant under 3 years of ageFree of charge
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 2 adults
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 1 adult75%
Children below 18 yrs occupying own room (minimum 2, maximum 3)
Activities & Enhancements
ACTIVITYPER PERSON RATE
Extra Lunch$40
Picnic Lunch$25
Samburu airstrip transfer excluding reserve fees (maximum 5 per vehicle, one-way)$220
Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserve fees (subject to change without prior notice)$70
For more details on these activities, please visit the 'Activities Section'

Cancellation Policy

  • For bookings cancelled or reduced in numbers between 90 and 45 days from noon on the date of arrival, 25% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.
  • For bookings cancelled or reduced in numbers between 45 and 22 days from noon on the date of arrival, 50% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.
  • In the case of cancellation within 21 days from noon of the date of arrival, or in the case of a ‘No Show”, 100% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.

Payment Terms

A 50% deposit is payable on confirmation of booking and the balance is due on collection of client(s) accommodation voucher 90 days prior to arrival of the client(s) at the Lodge(s). Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.

Variation

The rates mentioned here are subject to change without notice; however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of a change in Government taxes or levies affecting the rates mentioned herein, Elewana Afrika Limited reserves the right to pass on any increases.

Liability

Elewana Afrika Ltd, its properties and/or its subsidiaries and affiliates, do not and will not accept responsibility for any incident of any nature involving any client(s)who is/are at any property(ies), nor while traveling to or from any property(ies).

 

 

Awards & Press

GOLD Eco-rating Certification – Ecotourism Kenya (2011/12/13/14)

gold-eco-ratingKitich Camp has been awarded the Gold-level Eco-rating Certificate by Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility and its dedication to the support and integration of local communities.

 

Community & Conservation

Conservation

In the Mathews Mountain Range, Kitich Camp is situated in the 800,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy established in 1995 by the local communities to promote wildlife conservation and socio-economic development through sustainable utilization of natural resources. The conservancy is facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), who provide capacity building at grassroot level to empower elected community trustees to effectively manage their own conservancy, increase security for wildlife, protect natural resources, resolve grazing conflicts and establish sustainable enterprises.

Kitich is a key tourism partner for Namunyak, employing 80% of its staff from the surrounding communities and paying conservation fees collected from guests on a US$40 per person per night basis. 60% of this income is used to fund community development, while 40% is used to fund annual operations costs of Namunyak.
Sustainable tourism

Kitich Camp has been awarded “Silver Level” by the internationally recognised Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility. The camp achieves environmental best practice by combining old fashioned safari camp know-how with latest technology, relying entirely on solar power and using only LED lighting. Rubbish is responsibly disposed of or recycled. Glass is separated and sold to the recycling plant ‘Central Glass’ in Nairobi.

We also encourage guests to take full advantage of the pristine and unexplored wilderness by opting for walks guided by Samburu warriors rather than less environmentally-friendly game drives.

Community

Since the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust was launched in March 2011, we have received US$4,885 in donations for Engilai Primary School, US$2,030 of which was allocated to purchasing 48 desks, 13 tables and 10 chairs, which were made by a carpenter local to the area. The rest of the funds, approximately US$2,855, have been allocated to building an accommodation block for two teachers, as per a proposal sent to us by the Head Teacher, though additional donations are needed to complete this project.

60% of the Conservancy Fee, paid by guests staying at Kitich is used by the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy for community development projects. Contributions so far achieved through the 60% include US$1,434 in 2010, US$3,716 in 2011 and US$6,420 in 2012 to fund 118 secondary school and 30 university bursaries, provide assistance for 20 emergency hospital bill payments and pay a school matron’s salary for a year!

Get Involved

At Kitich Camp, we are supporting Engilai Primary School which caters for 350 students from Pre School to Standard 8, ages 3 to 14. Contact Chania Frost our dedicated Project Manager, to find out exactly what Engilai Primary School currently requires and ensure that you can personally contribute to the improvement of the school and enjoy a meaningful interaction with Kenyan communities during your safari.

On your safari, through the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, you can really make a difference to the communities you are travelling near by donating stationary, text books, uniforms, food and sports equipment in person, directly to the staff and pupils of a school. We work closely with the Committees of each school to make sure that each donation addresses a genuine need highlighted specifically by the school staff and parents.

If you are considering bringing donations from abroad, visit the Pack for a Purpose website for very specific advice on what is needed. Please do note that when flying within Kenya, the internal flight weight restriction is 15kg and may therefore limit what you can carry with you to the camps and donate to the rural communities in person. We can always, however, donate anything over and above your weight limit on your behalf at a later date.

 

About the Mathews Mountain Forest & the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy

The forest of the Mathews Mountains, covers approx. 900 km sq, stretched over peaks that rise up to over 6000 ft from the surrounding lowlands of 2500 ft. A vast pristine natural forest, that has been described by the BBC as a “biological bonanza” on a “sky island”. Not your traditional gamedriving country, mass tourism has not visited the Mathews Mountain forest, and Kitich Camp has this huge expanse of wonderland to itself.

A refuge for elephant, and of course natural habitat for “melanistic” forest leopard, the forest is not only home to a huge diversity of wildlife, which include rare monkeys, buffalo, lion, bushbuck, forest hog; but is also full of those magical things that are best observed on foot – over 150 species of butterfly, over 350 species of birds, wild forest orchids, and the endemic giant cycad.

In 1995, the local community, facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust, established the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Trust, which encompasses the whole of the Mathews Mountain Range, and environs, covering an area of approx. 2,800 km sq. The Wildlife Conservancy is run by community rangers trained and managed by NRT, with radios, vehicles and security links into the Lewa security network.  The conservancy ownership is an elected community committee of 13 trustees, with the mandate to develop local health support, administer education bursaries, resolve grazing conflicts, develop water resources, and preserve the ecosystem and wildlife with an organised network of rangers. Kitich Camp is a key tourism partner of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, paying conservancy fees directly to the community and working with the communities at grass root level.

Climate

The days are warm, rising to maximum of 30 deg C, but comfortable with minimum humidity, and the evenings are cool. Rainfall is mostly in April and May with an average of 360mm per year.

 

Guiding & Activities

Guides

The guides at Kitich Camp are Ndorobo / Samburu, a semi-nomadic pastoralist community closely related to the Masai.  Originally hunters, and sought after for their tracking and bush skills, some joined the Kenya Wildlife Service as trackers, before returning to Kitich. The guides at Kitich are the masters of the forest, they know the trails intimately, and can almost sense wildlife before any of the most proficient guides are aware of an animal presence.  A gentle, happy and colourful people, who love their “work” of sharing the secrets of the forests with guests.

Night Game Viewing

Being a forest camp, and in the style of “Tree Tops”, the cosy lounge overlooks the floodlit open river glade, and at night guests can watch elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and occasionally leopard emerge from the forest at night to drink from the river, or dig for natural salts.

Guided Walks

Taking advantage of the pristine wilderness, Kitich Camp avoids traditional game drives, instead encouraging guests to explore these wild environs on foot, guided by the “masters of the forest”, the Ndorobo Samburu guides.

Dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, this mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of species. Wild animals such as Melanistic leopard, also known as the “black panther”, forest elephant, lion, buffalo, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hogs and Africa’s endangered wild dog as well as Grevy’s zebra have found refuge in the lush forests and fertile valleys of the Mathews Range.

Mathews’ indigenous forest is one of the very few areas where you can see the rare De Brazza Monkey outside the Ruwenzori Mountains. They are large monkeys, similar to a Sykes in size and build, but more striking with a red forehead, they are shy and hard to find.

Birds and butterflies

Over 350 bird species have been counted in the area, including the spectacular Hartlaub’s turaco; together with more than 150 species of butterflies, representing more than twice the amount of butterfly species found in the UK.

Cycads and orchids

The forest is a natural home to wild forest orchids, and to a rare and endemic giant cycad, a throwback to the ancient forests of the dinosaurs.

Swimming in Rock Pools

With crystal clear cool waters, flowing out of a spring in the mountains, enjoy swimming with nature in this magical forest paradise.

Bush Picnics and Sundowners

After a morning’s walk in the forest, take a moment to sit back, enjoy the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.

Bush picnics are a chance to enjoy lunch, al fresco, in an open forest clearing, or by the river, surrounded by wildlife.

“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand!

Cultural Visits

The people of Kitich and their families within the village of Ngalai are a colourful, traditional, gentle and friendly people whose only interaction with the wider world is with the guests from Kitich.

Guests are hosted by the local people when they stay at Kitich, but guests are also welcome to drive down and the visit the market and the school in the village. (School visits entail a donation, see Get Involved).

Weddings & Honeymoons

Honeymoons

There is nothing more romantic than a safari! Already an unforgettable, once in a lifetime and pampered experience; safaris offer incredible sunsets, romantic tents with spectacular views, and relaxed al fresco dinners.

The exclusive setting at Kitich is ideal for that very special romantic holiday.

Being a very special holiday, we often have special offers and upgrades for honeymooners.

Weddings

Over the years, Kitich Camp has hosted simple blessings, and renewal of vows for our guests. A blessing from a local chief is a long and colourful affair!

Discuss your ideas with your travel agent, or contact us for more information.

 

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