Liz & Stefano Cheli – Owners
Stefano and Liz have been visiting Kitich, and have loved its sacred valley since the early 1980′s. They are professional safari guides, have built award winning safari lodges in Kenya, and operate Kenya and Tanzania’s premier bespoke safari company – Cheli & Peacock Safaris. They took over Kitich Camp from Giulio Bertolli of olive oil fame, in 2008, revamped it (just a bit), and it remains their favourite camp in Kenya. Liz and Stefano have two sons, Joss and Sebastian.
Stephen & Tania Hitchins – Investors
More recent converts to the joys and romance of Kenya and its wildlife; and natives of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom, with son Harry & daughter Chloe. Involved in residential and commercial development in the West of England and South Wales and founders of the Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club in Almeria in South East Spain.
The Elewana Collection
Kitich Camp is part of the Elewana Collection, a group of 16 of the most iconic safari camps in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Liz & Stefano continue to participate in the managment, conservation, and safari experience at Kitich Camp.
Manager – Emma Hedges
Kitich Camp is an old favourite of Emma’s, and she is delighted to be back in the Mathews forests. There is no-one better qualified to share their knowledge of the wild forest and the community that are part of it.
Emma thrives in the deserts and mountains of Northern Kenya, and for 30 years explored the furthest reaches with her camels and Samburu team. She speaks fluent Maa, built a small rustic lodge near the southern tip of Lake Turkana, and guides walking safaris. Emma has two grown up children, Lorien & Cadia.
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.