Low-key East African authenticity is the hallmark of Ol Pejeta. With no permanent structures and an entirely ecofriendly design, the camp blends seamlessly into the surrounding plains in a mix of natural colours and materials.
The two mess areas looking out over the sprawling plains are the hub of the camp. Meals are enjoyed under canvas in the dining tent, while the cool, breezy mess tent with its inviting sofas and armchairs echoes the friendly, relaxed atmosphere in camp. When darkness falls, evenings are spent around the fire, waiting to catch a glimpse of a rhino ambling down to drink at the opposite river bank.
Hearty, homemade food with a gourmet twist using fresh organic beef, lamb and chicken from surrounding community ranches is what you’ll enjoy at Ol Pejeta. All the vegetables are brought from local farmers or from a local women’s co-op.
Breakfast in camp includes fresh fruits (including mangoes, papaya, melons, oranges and passionfruit), homemade muesli, freshly baked bread, toast, pancakes, eggs to order with bacon, sausages, fried tomatoes. Try the delicious mandazis, our local speciality doughnuts.
A picnic breakfast in the middle of a game drive is a must-do, either on the plains or beside the Ewaso Nyiro river. This will include muesli, fresh fruit salad, toast, omelettes, bacon and sausage, cinnamon rolls, mandazis with fruit juice, freshly pressed coffee and tea.
Lunch includes a selection of fresh salads, with pasta or a hot main dish followed by fresh fruit salad for dessert. You can enjoy ‘bitings’ and canapés with an evening drink around the campfire from 7.30pm, and dinner is served at 8pm. The main course includes dishes like roast lamb, sirloin or fillet from Ol Pejeta Ranch, tilapia fillets, steak and chips, chicken curry with fresh chapatis, and so on, followed by a mouthwatering dessert – fruit crumble with homemade custard or fresh cream and banoffee pie are two favourites.
Ol Pejeta offers sightings of extremely rare and endangered animals, including:
• Northern white rhino
• Southern white rhino
• Black rhino
• African wild dog (rare)
• Grevy’s zebra
• Jackson’s hartebeest
• Chimpanzees at the Sweetwater Sanctuary
The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
There is so much for kids to do at Ol Pejeta! As well as excellent wilderness game drives, it offers a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most endangered wildlife species. A visit to the northern white rhino enclosure will introduce them to the last three surviving members of this species left on the planet. Children also enjoy tracking lion during a game drive or visiting the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary to feed rescued chimp – the only place left to see these creatures in Kenya. For an exceptional family safari, combine a stay at Ol Pejeta with a few days at our Mara Bush Houses.
The minimum age at Ol Pejeta is five, although exceptions can be made depending on camp occupancy – please chat to us and we will make every attempt to meet your needs.