Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located in Central Kenya between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta is a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy that covers an area of 360 square kilometres.

The conservancy started out as a beef ranch in the 1940s colonial-era Kenya. Decreasing elephants populations concerned one of the owners and led to the establishment of Sweetwaters Game Reserve in 1988 as a sanctuary for black rhino and other animals. Over the years, the Game Reserve has expanded to cover the whole area.

In 2003, Fauna and Flora International purchased Ol Pejeta which is now a 'not-for-profit' and all the funds generated through tourism and agriculture are used for the Ol Pejeta conservation, research and community development.

Ol Pejeta is increasingly becoming popular especially with the people who don't like crowds but still want to enjoy wildlife and beautiful scenery.

northern white rhino in ol pejeta

Ol Pejeta is known as the home of the last two (2) remaining Northern White Rhinos as well as other animals such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards among others.

Since the proceeds from the Tourism go wholly and directly toward conservation, we encourage you to add Ol Pejeta on your Kenya Safari bucket list so that you can contribute towards saving the animals in the place all the while enjoying the natural environment.

Activities

On your visit to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Chimpanzee viewing
  • Cycling Safaris
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Community visits

When to Visit

Ol Pejeta can be visited throughout the year but the best months for wildlife viewing are during the dry season months between July and October as well as from December to March.

You can still visit in the rain seasons especially for birds and photography but a capable 4-wheel drive car is essential.

Getting there

Ol Pejeta is located 210 kilometres north of Nairobi and can be easily reached by road and air. The drive from Nairobi will take you between 3 and 4 hours to reach Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

You can also fly to Ol Pejeta by booking a domestic flight to the closest Airstrip called Nanyuki. Your tour operator can do this for you as part of the overall package.

Since Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located near Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park, it is often combined with those other neighbouring safari attractions.

Where to Stay

Accommodation in Ol Pejeta is very easy and you can find something for all budget levels. With 9 tented camps, lodges and homestays the accommodation experience is quite unique.

If you want to camp in the African bush, there are several campsites where you can spend your nights under the vast sky.

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