Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia Region

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region is Alex Hunter’s atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence. Here you will share your space with the last three surviving northern white rhino in the world.

Ol Pejeta’s six traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino and the Big Five. Ol Pejeta is the first choice for discerning safari veterans looking to understand and enjoy the very best of world-leading conservation practice.

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Snapshot of Ol Pejeta
  • Traditional & deeply comfortable tented safari camp
  • Big Five & extraordinary rhino conservation effort
  • Superb guiding & service with a focus on pioneering conservation projects
Perfect for:
  • Family safaris
  • Active safaris
  • Romantic Safaris
Standard price per person per night:

$400 - $550i

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 6 tents

  • En-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets

  • Children welcome

  • Laundry service

  • Solar & generator power

  • Battery-charging facilities (in the mess tent)

  • Suitable for disabled guests: please contact us

Activities

  • Game drives and Night drives

  • Game walks

  • Bush breakfasts & picnics

  • Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

  • Visit the Endangered Species Enclosure

  • Lion tracking

  • Cultural & community visits

Closest Airstrip

  • Nanyuki: 60 to 90 minutes’ drive from camp

Camp Dates

  • Camp closed May

  • Low season 6 January – 31 March; June; 1 November to 19 December

  • High season 1 – 5 January; July to October; 20 to 31 December

Child Ages

  • .   Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp.

Camp Experience

 

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.

‘Soak up Ol Pejeta’s traditional safari comfort and profound conservation ethos surrounded by the wild sights and sounds of Africa’

 

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.

Meals

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.

Featured Wildlife

Ol Pejeta offers sightings of extremely rare and endangered animals, including:
• Northern white rhino
• Southern white rhino
• Black rhino
• Cheetah
• Lion
• Leopard
• African wild dog (rare)
• Elephant
• Grevy’s zebra
• Jackson’s hartebeest
• Chimpanzees at the Sweetwater Sanctuary

A Typical Day on Safari

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!)
12:30 Lunch
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 Safaris

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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.

Accommodation

 

Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta are charming and full of character. All tents come complete with warm blankets for the winter mornings, rechargeable solar lights and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon in privacy, watching the animals come and go along the river bank.

Location

 

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 400km² former cattle ranch in the foothills of the Aberdares with magnificent views of Mount Kenya. The wildlife is never far away from the camp – on the opposite bank of the river is a salt lick, attracting a variety of game throughout the day and night.

‘Ol Pejeta Conservancy prides itself on safeguarding vulnerable wildlife – it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and provides a sanctuary for the last three last remaining northern white rhino in the world’

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

As well as being a beacon of sustainable conservation, Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts one of the greatest game-to-area ratios of any reserve in Kenya. From evergreen thickets to gnarled acacia forests, a diverse range of habitats supports the rare Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest and the most elusive of them all, the African wild dog. The Big Five can all be found in the area. Importantly, these wild animals live and graze alongside the world’s largest herd of Boran cattle in a pioneering and mutually beneficial land-management system that adds to the unique and varied safari experience.

The conservancy also offers excellent birding opportunities, with over 200 migrant and resident species in a great ornithological gathering that ensures excellent sightings.

But perhaps the most exciting draw of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the extraordinary rhino conservation effort. The conservancy prides itself on safeguarding vulnerable wildlife – it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Over 100 critically endangered black rhino live on the land along with 20 southern white rhino, and it is a sanctuary for two of the three last remaining northern white rhino in the world. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent beasts in the wild or visit the northern white rhino sanctuary for a fascinating close-up experience.

Activities

 

However you choose to spend your days, Ol Pejeta guarantees a wonderfully varied safari adventure in this remarkable corner of Kenya and deep insight into the future of conservation. Most of the Ol Pejeta team members, led by Alex Hunter, are drawn from the communities around the conservancy. Their genuine warmth and Alex’s infinite knowledge of the area combine to give you a truly personal experience at this intimate and traditional bush camp. The team creates exceptional safari experiences with a focus on the pioneering projects in the area – experienced safari travellers choose this base to gain a deeper understanding of the very best of world-leading conservation practice.

View the Last 3 Northern White Rhinos

Today, only three Northern white rhino remain in the world – and all of these are at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in the 700-acre Endangered Species Enclosure protected by 24-hour armed security. Take the opportunity to visit the enclosure and view these majestic animals in this private and intimate setting, and hear their dedicated keepers tell of their amazing journey to Kenya from the Czech Republic and the efforts to preserve the last of this highly endangered species.

Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Fully incorporated into the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary remains the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered species can be seen. Over 40 chimps rescued from the bush-meat industry live in troops on either side of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in a project that aims to preserve chimpanzees and their habitats through public education.

Lion tracking

You will have a unique opportunity to spend time with the researchers in the conservancy, learning about and tracking the lions that live here. Information gathered is passed directly to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Department in order to further understand these magnificent predators.

Game drives

Learn about the varied animal species and birdlife of the conservancy during morning and evening game drives with an expert guide, handpicked from the surrounding community. Our vehicles are open with a canvas canopy to give you the best viewing possible. Do remember that Ol Pejeta is at an altitude of 1 800 metres and so it gets extremely cold at night and in the early mornings, especially between June and September: wear plenty of warm layers that you can peel off as the day warms up.

Night drives

When the sun descends, use a powerful spotlight to track the nocturnal species and discover the magic of the Kenya’s nightlife.

Game walks

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a game walk with renowned guide and owner of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Alex Hunter.

Cultural & community visits

The staff at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is drawn from the communities surrounding the conservancy and is always eager to share their culture and history. Visit a local school or village for a rewarding experience that reveals a little more about the workings of the conservancy and daily life in the area.

Our 2017 Rates

 

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Package rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except premium), scheduled day & night game drives, guided walks, sundowners, bush breakfasts, transfers to/from Nanyuki airstrip, laundry service.

Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 110 per person per night. Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits. Private visit to the Northern white rhinos, lion tracking, all transfers other than stated, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) $25pp.

Green Season:

1 – 30 April: US$ 379 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation

High Season:

1 – 5 January; 1 July – 31 October and  20 – 31 December: US$ 529 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation

Low Season:

6 January – 31 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 439 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp:

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    Chimpanzees & Gorilla Trekking

    See fascinating primates interact, either in protected sanctuaries or in their natural wild rainforest habitats.
    • Visit chimpanzees as they undergo habituation on Rubondo Island.
    • Visit chimps in Kenya at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
    • Go trekking with gorillas or chimpanzees in the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda.

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  • Big Cats & The Big 5
    Big Cats & The Big 5

    Let Asilia show you the Big 5 and magnificent apex predators of the ecosystem for memories that will last a lifetime.

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  • Cultural Experiences
    Cultural Experiences

    Discover Africa's rich culture.

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  • Romantic Experience
    Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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  • Classic Safari
    Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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  • Game Drives
    Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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  • Photography
    Photography

    Get the shot of a lifetime.

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  • Cultural Walks
    Cultural Walks

    Visits nearby communities.

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