Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta is the largest individual Rhino sanctuary in East Africa, supporting more than 70 black rhinos and at least ten white Rhinos. Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Buffalo, Reticulated Giraffe and Elephant are also present at the Ol Pejeta. Other ungulates include the Oryx, Gerenuk, hartebeest, and more than 500 different bird species can be found here.

Following the establishment of a Chimpanzee sanctuary in 1993, Ol Pejeta supports the only population of Chimpanzee in Kenya. The chimpanzees were not naturally occurring in Kenya; they were rescued from the war in Burundi and brought to Ol Pejeta.

An excursion to visit the chimpanzee sanctuary is exciting; their crescendo of communal pant-hoot calls allows them to identify other Chimps within their territory. An interaction between the Chimps is also fascinating to watch, and it includes plenty of grooming, displays of affection and dominance and hierarchy. Most rare seen is their ability to use tools while in search of food.

Why Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Outstanding wildlife spotting, including the Big Five
  • Existing sightings of black and white rhino
  • Various thrilling activities, including night drives, lion tracking and walking

What to Do:

  • Game drives
  • Lion Tracking
  • Walking Safaris
  • Riding with Rhinos in the endangered species enclosure
  • Ol Pejeta Junior Rangers – Children aged between 4 and 12 can become an Ol Pejeta Junior Ranger for a day.

Getting There:

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located 220 Kilometers from Nairobi and a 3-4-hour drive
  • There are scheduled daily morning flights to Nanyuki and Ol Pejeta

Best Time to Visit:

  •  Year-round, however, the long rains between March and April make spotting them more challenging.

NAIROBI ACCOMMODATION

Porini Rhino Camp

Porini Rhino Camp is in a secluded valley, on the banks of a seasonal river and under the shade of acacia trees. This small and intimate safari eco-camp is located within Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a vast 90000-acre wildlife area between the Aberdare and the majestic Mount Kenya.

The Ol Pejeta consists of just eight spacious and comfortable guest tents, each carefully sited to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding views.  Each tent is tastefully furnished and has solar-power lighting and an en-suite hot shower and flush toilet.

In addition, the camp is specially designed to have a minimum environmental impact (with no permanent structures and using eco-friendly fuel). The camp benefits from a wildlife viewing hide which enables guests to observe and photograph wildlife safely yet nearby.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp

A sheltered Oasis clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its private reserve; Sweetwaters Serena Camp is in a class of its own. It is located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks, and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambience and uncompromising service.

The 56 stylishly appointed tents include the standard wing and the deluxe Morani Wing and are designed with charming thatched roofs, solid floors, and canvas interiors. Our tents feature electricity, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water, showers, and flushing WCs.

Make yourself at home during your safari holiday with modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a coffee/tea making station, and plush bathrobes and slippers. Some of the tents are on raised platforms with private balconies; the rest include private verandas, all with safari chairs and tables.

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Laikipia Camp, located in a wilderness area of East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, is composed of only six tents under the shadow of Mount Kenya.

The six luxurious tents and an intimate and personalized atmosphere prevails in this superbly hosted camp 0ne of them is a family tent. The spacious, well-furnished lounge and dining tent have two roaring fires for the cooler evenings.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are often taken al-fresco and pre-dinner drinks and star gazing are a must under the great African sky. Game viewing is also possible from the comfort of your verandah, overlooking the dam, a magnet for wildlife during the dry season.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is a relaxed tented camp set along the narrow Ewaso Ngiro River. The main mess tent overlooks the Ol Pejeta plains on the other side of the river.

There are seven tents; each has an en suite with flushing toilets and hot water bucket showers. Beds are snug with extra blankets, and a hot-water bottle slipped in during turndown. The tents have spacious decks where guests can while away a few hours in the afternoon, just listening to the sounds of the bush.

The campfire is where guests can gather to share stories and get to know one another after the afternoon game drive. Sip your morning coffee while watching weaver birds flutter around the fever trees outside and spend evenings with a glass of wine by the fireplace. Then, tucked up in bed later at night, listen out for the conservancy’s lions roaring to each other.