Ol Pejeta Bushcamp Experience
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.
A typical day on safari
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.