Kitich Forest Camp

By day, guests can explore forest trails and crystal clear mountain streams by foot. The local Samburu guides share their extensive knowledge of the abundant hardwood trees, cycads, orchids, birds and butterflies. The guides know how to gently follow the trails cut through the bush by elephant, bushbuck and buffalo that call the forest home. Unlike most of Africa, guests can swim and relax in the springs and rivers around Kitich camp making this a truly unique experience.​

Kitich Camp is a truly remote and private location in a stunning forest glade on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains (also known as the Lenkiyio Hills). The forest of the Mathews Mountains covers about 900 km², or  222,000 acres, and the astounding peaks rise 6000 ft. from the surrounding lowlands.

At night, the atmosphere is magical, and the glade is lit for guests to observe the cautious trail of nocturnal visitors, including Melanistic (black-coated) leopard, elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo – all of which come to drink and hunt by the river.

With just six tents situated under a dense tree canopy, overlooking the stunning Ngeng River, this camp is a low-key classic. At Kitich, we provide old fashioned safari comforts, including soft & fresh linen, comfortable double beds, iced drinks, and gracious dining – all in a wonderfully peaceful setting.

Tents
Kitich Forest Camp was originally established as just that – a camp in the forest, intended to have as little a footprint as possible and blend in with the wild landscape around it.

Six en-suite canvas tents that offer guests 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. 

 

Guided Walks
If you want a traditional safari in the back of a 4x4, you won’t find it here.

If you’re looking for the chance to ditch the dulcet humming of an engine and walk through pristine ancient forest with a local tracker, treading in the footprints of a leopard to the sound of a hundred bird calls – you’ve come to the right place.

The forests around camp are home to over 350 bird species, 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 we have experienced Samburu trackers on staff 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.  We are within the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy (along with Sarara Camp), with shared access to the orphanage.

Or spend a fun afternoon ride visiting the colourful local community.

Swimming in Rock Pools
There is no chlorinated, tiled swimming pool at Kitich Forest Camp. Instead, guests 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
We’ve got a few fantastic spots in the forest for guests to enjoy a picnic lunch – which is organised and packed by our kitchen team. So 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, we’ve got it covered.

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’s play in the bush. We like to uphold this tradition at Kitich, and there are a number of sundowner spots for guests to enjoy.  

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, 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 (and anyone watching!). Guests have the unique opportunity to visit the Singing Wells with a guide on certain days.

Ngilai is the closest settlement to Kitich Forest Camp. On a day-trip here, guests 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 cosy 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, and guests can watch night life unfold from the comfort of camp.

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