Ol Pejeta Bush Camp embodies the authentic safari experience: traditional yet comfortable, guests often describe their stay here as 'the real Africa'.
Situated in Laikipia between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the ‘big five’ (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion) as well as a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, and also incorporates the smaller Sweetwaters Game Reserve. The Conservancy has the highest resident game-to-area ratio of any park or reserve in Kenya.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp has 6 tented rooms, all with fantastic views over the Ewaso Nyiro River. They are traditional, simple and comfortable, and as eco-friendly as possible. Tents are furnished with double or twin beds, re-chargeable solar lights, en-suite toilets, washstands on the tent veranda, and safari bucket showers (water is brought on request at any time of day).
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is very well known, not just for its safari experience, but also for its wildlife conservation projects. In addition, working closely with the local communities, the conservancy supports local development projects such as schools and clinics.
A wide variety of activities are on offer, and for those who are particularly interested in opportunities to observe and participate in the fascinating and complex variety of work on Ol Pejeta Conservancy, there is plenty to see and do. Combining the integration of wildlife conservation with livestock production, and work within the local communities, a program can be proposed, whereby each day, at least one conservation activity is combined with a morning or afternoon walk.
Open: The camp is open annually from 1 June to 30 April.
Location: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is within the 100,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. It is a 45 minute flight to Nanyuki from Nairobi, then about a 45 minute drive to the gate from Nanyuki. It is northwest of Nairobi, west of Mount Kenya.
Rooms: The 6 tents can be configured to have double or twin beds, and there is also a family tent too. All the tents overlook the river, and it is a very eco-friendly camp which uses solar lighting and bucket showers for which hot water is brought at your request. Bathrooms have flushing toilets. Your basin is a washstand on your tent veranda.
Activities: This is all about a stunning wildlife safari experience, but very firmly connected to conservation. You can decide to just enjoy the daily wildlife activities - day and night game drives, bush walks, visit the hide near a waterhole and salt lick, visit the chimp sanctuary - but if you are interested, you can also see a little more of the conservation side of things at Ol Pejeta (depending on what work is going on). For example, you can visit the research and monitoring team to hear about their work, go out tracking the radio-collared lions.
Facilities: There is a large lounge and dining area is tented and set on a raised wooden platform designed to provide excellent views of Mount Kenya. There are battery charging facilities in this main tent. The camp offers a laundry service.
Dining: You'll be surprised at the gorgeous meals that can be produced on a campfire!
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area and you will need to check with your GP or travel clinic with regards to advice on other vaccinations.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi in some areas of the camp. Mobile signals cannot be relied upon.
Notes: Disabled guests can be accommodated.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes (Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary), and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises. This income is reinvested into conservation and community development. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is one of the camps which help bring in this tourism money.