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Elewana Kitich Camp Mathews Forest

Mathews Mountains, Kenya
  • Overview
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  • Dining
  • Location

Elewana Kitich Camp Mathews Forest is nestled deep within this dramatic wilderness region of Kenya – coined a “biological bonanza” by the BBC – and offers a back-to-nature experience in a comfortable setting. This remote area presents striking beauty and the chance to share social interactions with the local Ndorobo and Samburu people, (the latter of which are the Maasai’s more colorful cousins).

Recognizing the value of time well spent with family and friends, the Elewana Collection introduces discerning travelers to East Africa through impeccably designed lodges that invite true relaxation, as well as the thrill of a real adventure. Complementing their locations in prime game-viewing areas, on quiet white-sand beaches or even in a coffee plantation, are lavish comforts, including fresh cotton sheets, elegant rooms and gourmet meals. Family-friendly, individually styled and exuding warm and personalized hospitality, the lodges are a savvy blend of high-class safari and low-impact tourism. Guests are encouraged to become part of the local community and conservation projects, thereby returning home with a piece of East Africa instilled in their hearts forever.


Six classic safari tents with traditional, alfresco stone bathrooms, comprise the authentic bush camp accommodations at Elewana Kitich Camp Mathews Forest. Nestled into a grove of fig trees and prehistoric cycad palms, on the banks of the Ngeng River, the tents are crafted from local materials in an effort to blend with the natural environment. Guests gather in the cozy lounge overlooking the floodlit river glade where often one can glimpse elephant, buffalo and bush buck emerging quietly from the forest at dusk.


Modern amenities complement the private bush camp style of Kitich, including round-the-clock power, charging facilities and WiFi in the main areas, a private airstrip, laundry service, complimentary mineral water and more. A children’s menu is available for the wee ones.


Set as it is in one of the last great stretches of Kenyan forest wilderness, Kitich Camp boasts an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse black panther, lion, forest elephant, the rare De Brazza monkey and the endangered wild dog on guided forest walks – taking advantage of their pristine surrounding wilderness, the camp avoids traditional game drives. Instead, guests venture out on foot with Samburu guides, learning traditional wildlife tracking methods. There are more than 22 walks to choose from, at all levels of walking, including longer, harder treks for those missing their normal workout regime. Beyond trekking, there’s river swimming, bird watching, picnicking, fishing, visits to local Samburu families and curio markets, fire-making demonstrations and children’s activities.


Each day delights with lavish bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and sundowners – the perfect time to gather and share visions of what another day of adventure may bring. Meal times are shared affairs, with a convivial and intimate atmosphere. Private dinners may be arranged upon request. World-class cuisine is accompanied by a premium wine list. Individual dietary requests can be satisfied with advance notice; a children’s menu is available.


Elewana Kitich Camp Mathews Forest is a 45-minute drive from Ngelai Airstrip (used by private charters). The Samburu/Kalama airstrip (used by scheduled flights) is a one-hour flight from Wilson Airport and a four-hour drive from camp. The camp coordinates are N1˚13’19.92” E37˚18’09.97”, and it is located in the Mathews Mountain Range within the Mathews Mountain Forest in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy.