ASILIA OL PEJETA BUSH CAMP
Ol Pejeta offers an excellent base from which to explore the Ol Pejeta conservancy in the central Kenya Laikipia area – 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 for a luxury bush camp and to understand and enjoy the very best of world-leading conservation practice.
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.
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. Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents and one family tent at Ol Pejeta are charming and full of character - all come 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.
The mess area looks out over the sprawling plains and is 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.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Ol Pejeta offers 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 are drawn from the communities around the conservancy and you can learn about the pioneering projects in the area and gain a deeper understanding of world-leading conservation practice. Some of the wildlife you might see includes: northern white rhino, southern white rhino, black rhino, cheetah, lion, leopard, African wild dog (rare), elephant, Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and chimpanzees at the Sweetwater Sanctuary.
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.
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.
Walking safaris - discover the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a walking safari. On foot, the bush comes alive and walking through the big game country is an experience not to be missed. The minimum age for walking: 16 years – children under 12 years by special arrangement and must be a private basis.
Activities at an additional cost
View the Last 2 Northern White Rhinos
Cultural & community visits
Horse riding with rhinos
Horse riding in the Conservancy
Canine anti-poaching unit visit
Junior Ranger Program
Running with rangers
Gym in the wild
Cycling in the wild
Nanyuki market day
Wildlife livestock integration
There is so much for kids to do at Ol Pejeta - as well as excellent wilderness game drives the conservancy 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 two 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 chimpanzees – the only place left to see these creatures in Kenya.
OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND