Kitich Camp is located in the remote Matthew’s Mountain Range, one of the more rarely visited areas of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. The forested valley is home to numerous species including the rare melanistic leopard and other forest-habituated varieties, offering an interesting change from typical safari offerings.

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Kitich Camp consists of just six tents in the tranquil forest. Set under the dense tree canopy and overlooking the Ngeng River, this laid back hideaway comes with all of the classic safari comforts in a magically peaceful setting, with al fresco stone bathrooms with traditional safari butler showers, soft and crisp bed linens, and game viewing directly from the private verandahs.

Kitich Camp is situated in a completely remote location on the upper slopes of the Matthews Mountain Range, offering stunning views of the forest glade and Ngeng River wildlife from every angle of camp. The main area of Kitich Camp has an open fire and sheepskin chairs that overlook the river glade, an excellent spot from which to view game emerging from the forest at dusk. The proprietor of Kitich Camp is also the proud owner of a Tuscan olive farm, and the cuisine reflects his roots, whether it is served in camp or as a grand bush picnic. Meals are usually taken together and follow a daily set menu of fresh baked breads, organic produce, and generations-old Italian recipes.

While the region surrounding Kitich Camp is teeming with wildlife, the goal of here is to actually avoid traditional game drives. Instead, guests are invited to join guided walks into the forests accompanied by expert Samburu guides and their host. The Samburu people hold a deep enthusiasm for their land and are always at the ready to share their extensive knowledge about the trees, orchids, birds, and butterflies that make up their home. Indeed, interactions with the indigenous people are a highlight of any stay at Kitich Camp.

Walks can range from short and gentle to long and vigorous, with one 90-minute hike that culminates with a swim in a natural pool deep in the forest. By day, the forest trails and clear mountain streams are a veritable playground for people and wildlife alike and are inhabited by elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo. But by night, the atmosphere of the forest turns magical, when nocturnal species such as the Melanistic leopard come to swim, drink, and hunt by the river waters right in front of camp.

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