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, over the past 30 years have built award winning safari lodges and created the best bespoke safari company in East Africa.
They took over Kitich Forest Camp from Giulio Bertolli of olive oil fame, in 2008, revamped it (just a bit), and it remains their favourite camp in East Africa.
Stephen & Tania Hitchins – Owners
Long time converts to the joys and romance of Kenya and its wildlife; and natives of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. Stephen and Tania have been participants in the creation of a few outstanding safari lodges and camps, and are founders of the Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club in Almeria, South East Spain.
Manager – Emma Hedges
Kitich Camp is an old favourite of Emma’s, and 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 has explored the furthest reaches with her camels and Samburu team. She speaks fluent Maa, built a small eclectic lodge near the southern tip of Lake Turkana, and guides walking safaris.
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.