Introducing Advisory Board Member: Stefano Cheli

Stefano Cheli

East Africa (Kenya)

Company: Kitich Camp

Owner

Phone: +254 (0)718 139 359

Stefano has lived in Kenya all his life and started Cheli & Peacock Safaris with his wife Liz in 1985, doing high end mobile tented safaris and a boutique DMC. Over the next 30 years they grew the company to include a portfolio of boutique lodges / camps, designed and built by Stefano, they also had the management of Lewa Safari Camp, and won the tender to run tourism on the Loisaba Conservancy. 

They founded the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust (now rebranded the Land & Life Foundation). The Cheli’s sold their business to Elewana Afrika in 2014 but kept the ownership of Kitich Camp.

Stefano has been a passionate conservationist in Kenya for many years, and his company invested in important and vulnerable conservation areas. He was a co-founder and Chairman of the Mara North Conservancy for 10 years; a co-founder of KTF (Kenya Tourism Federation), and contributed to Kenya’s tourism policy for many years, as board member, vice-chairman and chairman of KATO (Kenya Association of Tour Operators).

Stefano was a pioneer of the Ecotourism Society, and theirs was one of the first lodge groups to have Gold eco-rating and to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles in the early 2000s.

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