Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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About Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Nestled in the heart of Kenya’s central region within Laikipia county, Ol Pejeta Conservancy stands as a beacon of conservation and natural wonder. Encompassing approximately 224 square miles of pristine wilderness, this sanctuary is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of diverse wildlife and responsible eco-tourism.

Originally a cattle farm in the 1940s under the ownership of Lord Delamare, Ol Pejeta transformed over the years into a sanctuary dedicated to the protection of endangered species, particularly the black rhino. With the establishment of the Sweetwaters Game Reserve in 1988 and the subsequent creation of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2003, this land became a vital refuge for wildlife.

Whether by road or air, reaching Ol Pejeta is an adventure in itself. Travelers can embark on a scenic drive from Nairobi, traversing the picturesque landscape along the A2 highway. Alternatively, daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport offer a convenient and swift journey to the nearby Nanyuki Airstrip, followed by a short drive to the conservancy.

From the moment visitors enter Ol Pejeta, they are greeted by a panorama of natural beauty. The terrain, ranging from expansive savannah to lush marshlands and dense acacia bush, sets the stage for unforgettable wildlife encounters. Guided game drives during the early morning and late afternoon unveil the majesty of the “Big Five” and other iconic African species, while night drives offer a glimpse into the nocturnal world.

At the heart of Ol Pejeta lies a commitment to conservation and education. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary provides a poignant insight into efforts to protect these remarkable primates, while the Endangered Species Boma offers a close encounter with rare and endangered animals such as the white and black rhinos.

As guests explore the conservancy, the awe-inspiring presence of Mount Kenya looms in the distance. Whether admiring its snow-capped peaks from afar or embarking on a hiking adventure, the sight of Africa’s second-highest mountain adds an extra layer of grandeur to the Ol Pejeta experience.

Accommodation options within and near the conservancy cater to every preference and budget, ensuring that visitors can tailor their stay to suit their needs. From intimate lodges to luxurious campsites, each offering blends comfort with an authentic wilderness experience.

For those seeking a quieter escape, the off-peak months from November to May beckon with reduced crowds, although the rainy season from March to mid-May should be considered. Despite the occasional downpour, Ol Pejeta remains a haven for adventure and discovery, promising an unparalleled safari experience amidst the untamed beauty of Kenya’s wilderness.

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Experience Ol Pejeta’s wildlife wonders in the serene off-peak months from November to May, avoiding crowds while embracing the natural splendor.

Home of

Last Few Remaining White Rhino, Only Place In Kenya to See Chimpanzee (Sanctuary)

Peak Time

Jul - Sep

Famous For

Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary In East Africa, Mount Kenya Backdrop

Best Time to Visit

Jun - Sep

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FAQs

Late May, June, September, and October offer optimal game viewing without crowds. July and August provide cool, dry conditions for peak sightings.

Safari packages range from USD200 to USD800 per person sharing, inclusive of accommodation, meals, and safari experiences.

From Nairobi, it’s a four-hour drive covering 138 miles along the A2 highway, with a stretch of dirt road requiring 4×4 vehicles.

It’s renowned for conservation efforts, protecting endangered species, and the stunning backdrop of Mount Kenya. Night game drives enhance the experience.

Spot the “Big Five,” Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, and visit the chimpanzee sanctuary. Night drives offer sightings of unique nocturnal creatures.

Pre-booking is necessary due to limited availability of accommodations and activities.

Opt for open-vehicle or enclosed 4×4 game drives, mountain biking, horseback riding, or guided bush walks for immersive experiences.

Serena Sweetwaters, Asilia’s Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, and Kicheche Laikipia Camp offer luxurious stays within or near the conservancy.

Ol Pejeta has a semi-arid climate with temperatures around 20-30°C year-round.  

Other wildlife includes cheetahs, leopards, zebras, giraffes and many antelope species.

The conservancy covers an area of 360 square kilometers.

Yes, Ol Pejeta is a non-profit fenced wildlife conservancy.

The Ewaso Nyiro river flows through the middle of Ol Pejeta.

Yes, there is a healthy population of leopards in the conservancy.

Ol Pejeta is home to around 165 endangered black rhinos.

Key species including chimpanzees, cheetahs, African wild dogs and many others.

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