Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a wildlife conservancy located in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It is situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya and Mt. Aberdares and is equator west of Nanyuki. Its strategic location makes it an excellent sanctuary for wildlife since it has lush vegetation that acts as a habitat and as food for the biodiversity. There are a lot of animals that can be found in this sanctuary. However, it is famous for the northern white rhino which is one of the five white rhino species remaining in the country, the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and the big five game.
How To Get There
By Road: A drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy from Nairobi requires one to travel through the Thika Super Highway, and it takes an estimate of three to four hours to arrive at the park. The last 13km to Ol Pejeta Conservancy is filled with dirt. Due to this, visitors are advised to use a 4×4 vehicle which is very useful, especially in the rainy season.
By Air: The fastest mode of transport of arriving at Ol Pejeta is by air. Visitors can take one of the daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Nanyuki airstrip. It will take them around 45 minutes to get here.
What To Expect
The Ol Pejeta Endangered Species Boma: At this conservancy, visitors get to enjoy the sight of some of the endangered species in Kenya such as the white rhinos. The boma has around sixteen southern white rhinos, Jackson’s hartebeest, two iconic black rhinos, and several Grevy’s zebras. It is a must-see for anyone who is coming to this tourist destination. The idea of seeing these majestic rhinos up close is one of the most satisfying feelings you can ever get.
Baraka the Black Rhino: Since there are only two black rhinos in the conservancy, it is only right to appreciate one of the first rhinos to be born here. Baraka is blind, a feature that tends to amaze most of the visitors who come to the conservancy since Baraka knows how to maneuver around the conservancy. Visitors get the chance of feeding this delightful creature any day, so long as it is between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary: This sanctuary was formed in 1993 as an alliance between The Jane Goodall Institute and Kenyan Wildlife Services. It provides habitat to orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees in Kenya.
Lion Tracking Activities: The Conservancy gives visitors a unique opportunity to track the lions. What is required during this fascinating experience is for the guest to remain the vehicle at all times.
There are nine accommodation choices for visitors who come to enjoy what Ol Pejeta has to offer. The choice one makes depends on their budget and taste. These accommodation hotels and camps include:
- Pelican House
- The Stables
- Ol Pejeta House
- Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages
- Jambo Mutara Tented Camp
- Kicheche Laikipia Camp
- Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Why is Ol Pejeta Conservancy famous?
- Due to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Baraka the Black Rhino
- The Northern White rhinos
- The Big Five
- The Campsites and camping experience
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