On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region lies the atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Ol Pejeta offers an exceptional base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino, the Big 5 and the world’s last two remaining northern white rhino.
Set on wooden decks, the tents are completely made of canvas and designed to leave no trace. Inside, they have a stripped back feel, with simple but sturdy wooden furniture, patterned rugs and an en suite bathroom with traditional bucket shower (staff will fill the bucket with hot water on request, which is then raised up to feed the shower head inside your tent). Blankets and hot water bottles are provided on cooler nights.
The large family tent has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living area, accommodating up to six people.
Your stay includes twice-daily game drives with experienced local guides who can help identify and tell you more about the conservancy’s wildlife. Night drives are also possible here, giving you a chance to see nocturnal species and watch as predators embark on night-time hunts. For a change from game drives, you could join a walking safari (guests must be 16 and over to do this), experiencing the sights and sounds of the bush on foot.
The wider conservancy offers additional activities at an extra cost, including lion tracking by vehicle, visiting the endangered species enclosure where the last two northern white rhino are protected, horse riding, visiting the canine anti-poaching unit and joining rangers on a morning run while learning about their work.
The camp is predominantly solar powered and no structures are permanent, ensuring minimal disruption to the environment. Alongside its pioneering role in conservation, the conservancy helps to support the local community through its community development initiative, which provides funds toward local education, healthcare and infrastructure. Local farmers are able to graze cattle on the land, which in turns helps to keep the ecosystem healthy for wildlife.