Elephant Pepper Camp
A well-established tented camp in the Masai Mara
Elephant Pepper Camp
Feel what the early explorers must have experienced when they first arrived in the vast wilderness of the Masai Mara. Devoid of imposing buildings and large groups, Elephant Pepper Camp opened its canvas tents more than 20 years ago as one of the original camps in the Mara North Conservancy and remain true to their principles: it's about the wildlife. Without compromising on luxury, you'll spend evenings around the campfire and long days enveloped in the savanna. Far removed from the other lodges, this is the true heart of Kenya.
At the lodge
Elephant Pepper Camp is proud to say that they have no permanent structures. Travellers dine and relax under canvas, which is rolled up around the edges to welcome the sounds of the bush. A long, candle-lit banquet table invites visitors to share dinner and stories, but private dining is also possible. The cuisine originates from northern Italy and fresh ingredients are harvested from the organic vegetable garden. A traditional campfire lures visitors to enjoy a nightcap under the stars.
The eight tents may be entirely made of canvas, but it feels like stepping into a luxury hotel room when you enter. Windows roll up for endless views of the savanna from the king sized bed. A writing desk and dressing table reminds of how Hemingway must have experienced the bush in his day. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower and walks out onto a private veranda with a hammock.
Some of the rangers have been at Elephant Pepper Camp since its beginning. Open-sided vehicles are fitted with camera stands and charging sockets to make the morning and evening drives as immersive as possible. Game drives are longer than average. Guided walks bring you closer to the bush to discover animal tracks, flowers and micro-ecosystems. Special walks for kids are also available. Visit the Masai village to get a feel of how the people of the Kenyan bush live.