7. Ol Pejeta Main Area Sundowners
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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

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Overlooked by the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is in central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It’s home to the two remaining northern white rhinos on the planet and many other endangered animals, all protected around the clock by dedicated rangers.

About Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

As with all Asilia camps, staying at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp allows guests to contribute to conservation. You can also get involved by helping with canine training or recording lion sightings for the research team. Seven spacious, eco-friendly tents are positioned along the Ewaso Ngiro River. The peaceful camp is staffed by our warm and hospitable team and is a great place for families, with activities like the Junior Ranger Programme to keep kids entertained and engaged. 

  • Calendar

    Open: June to April
    Closed: May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Nanyuki, 60- to 90-minute drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children of all ages are welcome

4. Ol Pejeta Main Area View From Tent
10. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive River

Accommodation at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Take a look around

  • 1. Ol Pejeta Main Area Mount Kenya Sunrise

    Ol Pejeta Main Area Mount Kenya Sunrise

  • 2. OPBC Bedroom

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Bedroom

  • 3. OPBC Bedroom Interior

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Bedroom Interior

  • 4. Ol Pejeta Main Area View From Tent

    Ol Pejeta Main Area View From Tent

  • 5. Ol Pejeta View From Lounge

    Ol Pejeta View From Lounge

  • 6. Ol Pejeta Main Area Dining Table

    Ol Pejeta Main Area Dining Table

  • 7. Ol Pejeta Main Area Sundowners

    Ol Pejeta Main Area Sundowners

  • 8. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Sundowners

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Sundowners

  • 8. Naboisho Photographic Vehicle With Guide

    Ol Pejeta Walking Safari

  • 10. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive River

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive River

  • 11. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive

  • 12. 08 OPBC Petting Rhino

    Rhino visits at Ol Pejeta

  • 13. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Lion

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Lion

  • 14. Ol Pejeta Happy Team

    Ol Pejeta Happy Team

  • 15. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Cycling

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Cycling

  • 16. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Horse Riding

    Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Horse Riding

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Accommodation

Accommodation & Amenities

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. 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. The campfire is where guests can gather to share stories and get to know one another after the afternoon game drive. Tucked up in bed later at night, listen out for the conservancy’s lions roaring to each other. 

  • Tents

    7 tents (including 1 family tent)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water safari bucket showers

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • 25 Laundry

    Laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • 22 Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

  • 23 Wheelchair

    Contact us for details
    regarding disabled guests

accommodation

Rooms

There are seven tents (including one family tent) at Ol Pejeta. 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 the sounds of the bush. 

2. OPBC Bedroom
3. OPBC Bedroom Interior

LOCATION

Location of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta is in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County, overlooked by the ragged foothills of Mount Kenya. The terrain ranges from marshland and savannah to thickets of acacias and yellow-green fever trees. The 36,420-hectare reserve was once a cattle ranch and is still used by herders today. Due to the clever use of bomas (enclosures), the herders can keep their Boran cattle safe overnight while fertilising the conservancy’s grassland. 

There is a dense population of all sorts of wildlife – including the Big 5 and 300 species of birds – but the conservancy is especially famous for its rhinos, both black and white. It is the only place you can see northern white rhino, with the last two in the world living under 24-hour armed guard at Ol Pejeta. Other endangered animals — Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and wild dog — are kept in a special 283-hectare enclosure that protects vulnerable species from predation or poaching.  

Getting to Ol Pejeta is made simple, with an easy drive in under four hours from Nairobi or quick flight. The conservancy is shared with eight other camps and lodges, as well as several self-catering campsites. It is also open to self-drive day trippers. 

1. Ol Pejeta Main Area Mount Kenya Sunrise
7. Ol Pejeta Main Area Sundowners

Experiences

Blending into its environment

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region lies the atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Ol Pejeta offers an exceptional 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, the Big 5 and the world’s last two remaining northern white rhino.

 

16. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Horse Riding
8. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Sundowners

Experiences

A typical day on safari at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

A stay at Ol Pejeta differs from traditional safaris due to the vast array of activities on offer, but the general rhythm is the same. We head out safari in the early morning and late afternoon when animals are at their most active. If you have hired a private vehicle, itineraries can be discussed with your guide. 

Start the day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast before departing for your morning game drive (or set out a little earlier and take a picnic breakfast). Arrive back in camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta time. Read a book or just relax and enjoy the views from your tent’s deck. Refuel with afternoon tea and then depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners. Arrive back at camp in time for drinks and dinner — the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush. 

5. Ol Pejeta View From Lounge
11. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive

Experiences

Game drives

Learn about the varied animal species and birdlife of the conservancy on a game drive from Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Let our expert guides inspire you with their knowledge and explore this diverse conservancy. Vehicles are open sided and seat up to six people. We offer all guests an opportunity to try our electric vehicle which is powered by the sun and offers guests not only a carbon neutral drive but also a silent one.

10. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive River
11. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Game Drive

Experiences

Night drives

Dusk and the early evening just after the sun has fallen below the horizon is a thrilling time to be on safari. Antelope come out to feed in the cool air, predators take advantage of the cloak of darkness to stalk their prey and nocturnal species such as aardvark, zorilla and white-tailed mongoose begin their day. Join a knowledgeable guide on a night drive and seek out the action that takes place after darkness falls.

High season: US$75 per adult/US$38 per child

Low season: US$60 per adult/US$30 per child

ACTIVITIES AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

Please note the Conservancy does take credit cards but it requires a trip to Control and the activities can be very popular, so we strongly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment

Night Drive Lion
Night Drive

Experiences

Endangered species enclosure

Today, only two northern white rhino remain in the world and both are found at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in a 2,8 km2 enclosure protected by 24-hour armed security. Take the opportunity to visit the enclosure, learn from the keepers about the efforts being taken to preserve the last of this highly endangered species, as well as view Grévy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest in a private and intimate setting.

Morning visit: 8.30 am or 11 am Afternoon visit: 3 pm or 3.30 pm — duration 45 minutes. Maximum six people per visit and physical interaction with the rhinos is relatively restricted.

High season: US$75 per adult/US$38 per child

Low season: US$60 per adult/US$30 per child

12. 08 OPBC Petting Rhino
Ol Pejeta Rhinos

Experiences

Horse riding with rhinos (Endangered Species Enclosure)

The chance to ride amongst the endangered species including the northern white rhinos is a once in a lifetime experience. This predator-free area is wonderful to explore on horseback, with the chance to also encounter other of the endangered species such as southern white rhinos, Grévy’s zebra or Jackson’s hartebeest.

Morning ride: 10 am or Afternoon ride: 3 pm — duration approximately one hour. Riding hats and tack are provided. Riders must wear suitable footwear, long trousers and sleeves. Maximum of nine riders in a group. The rides will only be open to experienced riders and some proof of riding ability will be required at point of booking; clients judged to be of insufficient riding ability will not be permitted to undertake this activity.

High season: US$60 per person

Low season: US$60 per person

16. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Horse Riding
Ol Pejeta White Rhino Kenya Safari

Experiences

Horse riding in the Conservancy

Carry more memories home by riding on horseback across the Ol Pejeta plains. You will ride through the endangered species enclosure, then out the gate onto the Ol Pejeta plains and to the rhino memorial, Sudan’s resting place. Horse riding gives you a unique perspective of the landscape and allows you to get closer to wildlife than in a safari vehicle. You will feel a sense of quiet isolation amidst the vast scenery of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Depending on weather conditions and rider experience there may be a swim in Pelican dam.

Morning ride: 8 am to 10 am or Afternoon ride: 2 pm to 4 pm — duration approximately two hours. Riding hats and tack are provided. Riders must wear suitable footwear, long trousers and sleeves. Maximum of nine riders in a group. The rides will only be open to experienced riders and some proof of riding ability will be required at point of booking; clients judged to be of insufficient riding ability will not be permitted to undertake this activity.

High season: US$70 per person

Low season: US$70 per person

Activities Horse
16. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Horse Riding

Experiences

Canine Anti-Poaching Unit visit

Visit the conservancy’s bloodhound dog kennels and learn about the training that transforms these canines into anti-poaching patrollers. After your tour, you can play a game of human-canine hide and seek, trying to evade the dogs and finding a spot to hide within the Morani Information Centre. A great way to interact, get a bit of exercise for you and the hounds as well as assist in their training.

Morning visit only: 8.30 am, maximum group size of six, minimum age 12 years. Closed toe-shoes recommended. In case the dogs are deployed we will refund money or try to reschedule the activity.

High season: US$60 per adult

Low season: US$60 per adult

K9 Tracking Unit
K9-Dog-Unit.jpg

Experiences

Lion tracking

Several lions on the conservancy have been fitted with radio collars and you can learn how to track them with the researchers with a special tracking device. When you locate a pride, you will learn how to identify the individuals by notches on their ears, whisker patterns and other distinguishing marks, and all data is passed to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring team in order to further understand these magnificent predators. Guests remain in the vehicle at all times.

Morning activity: 6.30 am
Afternoon visit: 3.30 pm — duration approx. two hours, maximum six people.

High season: US$75 per adult/US$38 per child

Low season: US$60 per adult/US$30 per child

13. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Lion
Olpejeta Lions Kenya Safari

Experiences

Wildlife – livestock integration

Ol Pejeta operates a unique wildlife-livestock integration model; balancing over 6,000 cattle with conservation. During the activity guests will learn about the creation of biodiversity hotspots and either help move one of the conservancy’s predator proof cattle bomas or assist in a cattle spray race.

Morning activity: 9 am duration of two hours. Closed shoes recommended.

High season: US$60 per adult/$30 per child

Low season: US$60 per adult/$30 per child

Silverless 6R1A3379 Lowres

Experiences

Gym in the wild

Going to the gym will never be the same again after trying it in the wild! In these hour-long classes, enjoy some functional fitness that will include strength, endurance, mobility, agility and flexibility but will be scaled to your fitness level and ability.

Open Mondays and Thursdays. Sessions available on the hour from 10 am until 4 pm. Must book in advance. Maximum of 10 people in a class.

Cost: US$12 per person, per class

For private session US$20 per person, per class

Ol Pejeta Main Area Sunset Mount Kenya
Olpejeta Walking Safari 1 Kenya Safari

Experiences

Cycling safaris

Are you a cycling enthusiast looking for a unique ride? Then look no further we offer a weekly 84 kilometres ride from Nanyuki to Mpala Research Centre and back including a stop for lunch at the Big Rock and some non-technical rock climbing.

Departs every Sunday from Ol Pejeta to Nanyuki by car at 9 am and returns at 5 pm. Bikes and helmets are provided.

Year round: 1 – 4 people: US$100 per person

5+ people: US$70 per person

15. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Cycling

Experiences

Cultural and community visits

The staff at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp are all drawn from the communities surrounding the conservancy and are always eager to share their culture and history. See first-hand how these communities are benefiting from the conservancy, visiting agricultural projects such as water collection and tree nurseries, or the Jiko Energy Project to reduce firewood usage. During term time on weekdays, it is also possible to visit a local school.

Visit: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and pre-booking recommended.

High season: US$60 per person

Low season: US$60 per person

Culture
Cultural Exprience

Experiences

Junior Ranger Programme

Ol Pejeta is a great place for children with its Junior Ranger programme. Purchase one of our exciting Junior Ranger Packs, which includes an activity booklet, a box of crayons and five stickers all contained within a very cool Ol Pejeta bag. As families journey through the Conservancy, the idea is to work through all of the questions and games in the booklet. At the end of your journey, the tourism team at Morani Information Centre will be waiting for your children and will ask to repeat the official ranger oath, before presenting a ranger hat, certificate and an honorary pin.

High season: US$30 per child

Low season: US$30 per child

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Elephant Family
Olpejeta Leopard Kenyasafari MR (1)

Experiences

Family safaris

Ol Pejeta is an excellent choice for families with children. Many of the camp staff are parents themselves and are great with young kids. There are loads of activities for children, such as playing hide-and-seek with the Ol Pejeta anti-poaching dogs. Many activities also have a conservation element, teaching children about the threats facing wildlife and ecosystems across Kenya and beyond, and what they can do to help. 

There is no minimum child age at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp.

12. 08 OPBC Petting Rhino

Experiences

Meals and refreshments

Homemade meals are served communally in our mess tent. We source our produce from a local women’s co-op or other regional farmers. Breakfast is a spread of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and muffins or hot options including omelettes or bacon and eggs. If you’re on a longer game drive, have breakfast in the bush, set up under a shady tree. Lunch is a buffet of pasta or pizza with salad, and dinner is a three-course affair — curry night is always popular! 

6. Ol Pejeta Main Area Dining Table

When to go

What to expect during the year

Ol Pejeta Conservancy experiences a mild climate and has consistently good game viewing, making any time of year an exciting one for your safari. The busiest months are July and August, however the best months to visit are September and October when it’s dry, there’s incredible game viewing and the summer holiday crowds have dispersed. 

  • January - March

    Why travel at this time

    There’s a break in the rains after the December short rains and before the long rains that usually begin in March. The landscape is still lush, making for beautiful photographs, and the air is clearer providing great visibility of Mount Kenya. Migratory birds are also in the area at this time. 

    Climate

    These are mostly hot, dry months with an average high of 27°C/81°F in February. At 1,800 metres above sea level, evenings will still be chilly with an average of low of 7°C/45°F, so pack layers. The rains usually begin around the middle of March.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 7°C / 45°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 41mm / 1.6in

  • April - June

    Why travel at this time

    The long rains mean fewer visitors in the conservancy, but there is still plenty to see. Big cats often use the road to avoid the wet grass and there are certainly enough dry spells to get out and explore. Low season rates apply at this time of year.

    Climate

    The long rains arrive in Ol Pejeta in mid-March and continue until May. The heaviest rainfall is in April, but it’s mostly dry by June. The average peak temperature is 25°C/77°F and the average low is 11°C/52°F. 

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 10°C / 50°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 24°C / 75°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 35mm / 1.4in

  • July - September

    Why travel at this time

    The dry season is the best time of year to spot wildlife gathering around watering holes. The school holiday crowds thin out in September.

    Climate

    This is the dry season, though there may be some afternoon showers in August. The average high in July and August is 23°C/72°F, climbing a couple of degrees in September, with average lows around 9°C/48°F.  

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 9°C / 48°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 54mm / 2.1in

  • October - December

    Why travel at this time

    Late September to the end of October is a great time to visit Ol Pejeta. There are fewer people and great opportunities for wildlife viewing. The short rains of November and December rejuvenate the grasslands and herald the arrival of migratory birds. 

    Climate

    The short rains begin in late October or November and start to fade out in December. Temperatures average around 24°C/75°F for the high and the low dips from 10°C/50°F in October to 8°C/46°F in December.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 8°C / 48°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 24°C / 75°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 124mm / 4.9in

Guest reviews

We were a family of 6 who are all very well traveled and have been lucky enough to stay at some amazing places but this may top them all. Ol Pej has a charm that you can only understand once you stay there. It's comfortable and beautiful without feeling pretentious or overly fancy which is exactly what we were after. The sweet, simple additions like hot water bottles at night and tea and granola before the safari drives in the early morning were the perfect touch. The staff were some of the kindest people we have ever met.
emmarosegriffith
Tripadvisor 1
I traveled with my 10-year-old son and 70-year-old mother. We spent three nights at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. We had one tent with 3 twin beds. We loved everything about our stay. The staff is amazing. The safari drives were fantastic. Our driver Abdullah was wonderful. The communal tent and food and drink were top notch. We enjoyed meeting our fellow travelers. The last day as I was reading on our porch, an entire elephant family appeared out of nowhere right on the opposite bank of the river. Just one of many delights at Ol Pejeta.
KLKranz
Tripadvisor 1
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is like being with a family. Pete and Stacy, the managers and husband and wife, make you feel like part of a family. Eating is communal and one or both of them always join. The staff is superb and it goes without saying the animals also. It was a rare treat to see the last 2 White Northen Rhinos left on this planet.
Rita00331
Tripadvisor 1

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Rates

When would you like to go?

Ol Pejeta Conservancy experiences a mild climate and has consistently good game viewing, making any time of year an exciting one for your safari. The busiest months are July and August, however the best months to visit are September and October when it’s dry, there’s incredible game viewing and the summer holiday crowds have dispersed. 

Below, choose your travel dates for an estimated accommodation cost per person sharing, or scroll down for a table of high and low season rates.

Dates in grey indicate ‘not available’

Estimated accommodation cost per person sharing*

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Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks, day and night game drives, transfers to/from nearest airstrip, limited laundry service.

  • Rate excludes

    Conservancy fees, visit to northern white rhino, lion tracking and other conservancy activities, all transfers other than stated, flights and airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal nature, private vehicle.

  • Budget factors

    Special offers may apply. Contact us for the best available rates. Last minute offers and long-stay rates may apply.

Rates and Seasonality

  • High season: 01 Jul 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 Rate: US$633

    What to expect

    • Drier conditions

    • Predator viewing steadily improving

    • Heightened waterhole activity
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 9°C / 48°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 54mm / 2.1in

  • Low season: 01 Nov 2022 - 19 Dec 2022 Rate: US$528

    What to expect

    • Chance of afternoon showers

    • Becoming green and lush

    • Good resident wildlife
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 8°C / 48°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 24°C / 75°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 124mm / 4.9in

  • High season: 20 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 Rate: US$633

    What to expect

    • Good resident wildlife
    • Increased number of tourists
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 7°C / 45°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 33mm / 1.3in

  • Low season: 06 Jan 2023 - 31 Mar 2023 Rate: US$528

    What to expect

    • Increased chance of showers
    • Fewer crowds
    • Good resident wildlife
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 7°C / 45°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 41mm / 1.6in

  • Green season: 01 Apr 2023 - 30 Apr 2023 Rate: US$463

    What to expect

    • Good chance of rain
    • Green and lush
    • Fewer crowds
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 11°C / 52°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 134mm / 5.3in

  • Closed: 01 May 2023 - 03 May 2023 Rate: US$734

    Seasonal camp closure

WILDLIFE

Ol Pejeta wildlife

  • Northern White Rhino (Last Two)

    Olpejeta Two Rhinos Kenya Safari
  • Elephant

    Ruaha 24
  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino (2)
  • Leopard

    George Turner Ruaha 22
  • Lion

    13. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Lion
  • Buffalo

    Buffalo
  • Maasai Giraffe

    Maasai Giraffe
  • Grevy's Zebra

    grevy's zebra
  • Jackson's Hartebeests

    Hartebeest Serengeti Paul Joynson Hicks MR

ITINERARY

Explore the Naboisho Conservancy on Foot

Taking in some of the lesser known national parks and landscapes of southern Kenya, this adventure makes the journey from A to B more action-packed and interesting than simply hopping on a flight to your safari destination. Instead, you will zipline through a forest, hike to the top of the Mount Longonot volcanic crater, mountain bike through the canyons of Hell’s Gate National Park and spend a day exploring the forests, waterfalls and escarpment of the Aberdare National Park. You’ll finish at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where you can extend your stay with time on safari learning about their world-class rhino conservation efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I combine Ol Pejeta with other areas in Kenya?

    A stay at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp combines well with camps in both northern or southern Kenya. 

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