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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Conservation, charm and true Kenyan hospitality

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

In the heart of Kenya’s Laikipia region, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a shining example of conservation for the entire continent. Home to the last 3 Northern white rhino in the world, it’s also a sanctuary for Southern whites and critically endangered black rhino, as well as chimpanzee, and the research and protection efforts for all species are nothing short of outstanding. And in the heart of it all is Alex Hunter’s charming bush camp of the same name, where traditional game drives and walks in Big 5 territory are offered alongside visits to the projects - truly a place to discover the best of both worlds.

At the lodge

The hotel

Both the dining and lounge tents are breezy, open-sided safari tents with excellent views across the river to the salt pan on the other side, known to attract thirsty black rhino on regular occasions! Armchairs and director’s chairs litter the lounge accompanied by bright kikoys and vases of pretty roses whilst a large table takes pride of place in the dining tent, ready for an evening of safari tales late into the night…

The rooms

The 6 traditional safari tents are spread out along the Ewaso Nyiro river and all have marvellous views across the plains to the peaks of Mount Kenya glimmering in the distance. Recently refurbished, the tents are spacious and comfortable and feel very cosy with snug blankets, old chests and lots of safari knick knacks dotted around. Bathrooms are also very spacious and have safari bucket showers with hot water on tap - a must on a chilly Kenyan morning!

On safari

Experiences

There is a definite focus on conservation at Ol Pejeta and visits to the Endangered Species Enclosure to see the Northern white rhino and to the chimpanzee sanctuary take place daily. There are also opportunities to spend a morning with the lion research team and track the cats in the area, as well as with the rhino patrol guards. Intersperse these with traditional Big 5 game drives and walking safaris and this is a safari that’s very hard to beat!

When to go

Laikipia by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


The greatest conservation success of the region remains with the black rhino, almost half of Kenya's entire population can be found in this area. Laikipia is a real up-and-comer on the African safari circuit, with an impressive diversity of unique species, not to mention home to the famous Big 5. Encounter elephants, big cats (often collared for research purposes), buffalo, Grevy's zebra, numerous antelope and more recently, an increasing wild dog population. Laikipia consist of a mix of high altitude grassland, dotted with rocky outcrops, low lying bush and patches of riverine forest.

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