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Kitich Camp Matthews Forest

Matthews Range, Kenya

Kitich Camp is a bush camp located in the remote Matthews Mountain Range, a rarely visited area of the Northern Frontier District in Kenya. Kitich Camp nestles in a verdant grove of fig trees, indigenous flowering shrubs and prehistoric Cycad palms.

At a Glance

  • A camp dedicated to walking safaris

  • Amazing location beside the river

  • Head out on foot to get really up close and personal to the animals

  • Learn about the flora of the area with skilled and knowledgeable guides

  • Sit around the camp fire listening to the sounds of the bush

Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon

Insider's View

The bush walks from Kitich are fabulous and the only way to explore the area. If you are lucky you might come across a herd of forest elephant.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kitich Camp Matthews Forest or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya


Kitich Camp is a lush oasis amid arid surroundings and is one of the real conservation successes of Kenya. A grass roots approach that has resulted in a win-win situation for people, wildlife and the environment. The concept of Kitich Camp is one of simply enjoying nature, without impacting on the environment.

Kitich camp overlooks a river glad within the lush indigenous forest. Animals such as elephant, melanistic leopard, bushbuck, giant forest hog, buffalo, ancient cycads and spectacular butterflies reside here.

The accommodation at Kitich Camp is in six large semi-permanent tents, with an open stone walled bathroom (bucket shower, long drop loo and wash basin) found behind the tent. The tents are very comfortable, with comfortable beds, a small cupboard and table, and a veranda.

Days are spent exploring the forest on foot with experience Samburu guides. The forest is a botanical island home to the melanistic leopard, forest elephant, 15 species of butterflies, unique giant cycads and uncounted species of wild orchids. Swim in the crystal clear cool waters of the rivers which flow through the forest. Some guests are also lucky enough to see the shy De Brazza and Colobus monkeys which also inhabit the Matthew's Forest.


There is a feeling of complete privacy at the camp as there are only six guest tents. Three of the tents have double beds and three of the tents have twin beds. Each tent is furnished in a classic luxurious safari style. They are all en-suite and feature flush loos and traditional safari showers. The tents have beautiful views of the verdant Ngeng River.


Kitich Camp welcomes children over the ages of 12 years. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted due to the wild nature of the Matthews Mountains and the camp only offering guided game walks, which it is not safe for young children to participate in.


Kitich Camp has an inviting natural rock swimming pool; a dip in here is a great way to refresh yourself. The camp has a charming mess area complete with a deck. The cosy lounge with the open fire is most welcoming on the cooler evenings. Meals are served on the deck where lucky guests can sometimes spot some game whilst tucking into their delicious supper.

Kitich Camp has a friendly local staff with guides from the Samburu and Ndorobo tribes.


There are numerous activities that you can participate in during your stay at Kitich camp. The activities available include: forest walks, game stalking, bird watching, river swimming, bush picnics and cultural visits. Kitich Camp has an abundance of friendly local staff who will make you feel special and attend to your needs. The guides from the Samburu and Ndorobo tribes will make your safari experiences memorable with the knowledge they share with you.

Location & Directions

Matthews Range, Kenya

Kitich Camp in located in the remote Matthews Mountain Range, a rarely visited area of the Northern Frontier District in Kenya.

When to go

The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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