Liz & Stefano Cheli – Owners
Born of Italian parents, Stefano grew up in Kenya, spending his early days on farms and lodges owned by an Italian Count, which included Loisaba Ranch and Oasis Lodge at Lake Turkana – Stefano’s favourites. He completed secondary schooling and his National Service in Italy, before returning to Kenya in 1980 as General Manger of Loisaba Ranch. Before starting Cheli & Peacock with Liz, Stefano spent a year as a Professional Hunter in Tanzania.
Liz had English parents, but was born in Venezuela and grew up in Nairobi, completing secondary schooling and college in England, before returning to Kenya in 1979 to work as administrator on a 60,000acre ranch in Laikipia. Before starting Cheli & Peacock with Stefano, Liz spent a year as a freelance Professional Guide on mobile tented safaris throughout 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; investors in Elsa’s Kopje, Tortilis, Joy’s Camp and Kitich Camp. 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.
Managers – Karl & Sally Svendsen
Karl and Sally are a couple in their 40s, both professional safari guides with extensive Africa experience. They have spent many years in the wildernesses of Africa, including such diverse locations as The Selous in southern Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mozambique! Second to their passion for wildlife and the wilderness, they are foodies – essential in a Stefano Cheli camp!
The guides at Kitich Camp are Ndorobo / Samburu and their families are from the forest. Many, like Lebite were born in the mountains, and did not meet another person outside of their family until adulthood. 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.