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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

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“An intimate and small authentic tented bush camp that offers flexibility and exceptional guiding. The camp is on the more adventurous side, but the hospitality in this camp is fantastic. With a range of activities on offer, there is no shortage of fun for those who are looking for a more adventurous bush camp.”


Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is an excellent option for travellers seeking an adventurous base from which to explore the Laikipia region. And it offers an extensive range of activities too. Now owned and run by Asilia, Ol Pejeta has all the plus points we associate with the Asilia portfolio – comfortable accommodation, superb service, and great guiding. The price of your stay includes all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, bush refreshments, vehicle and walking safaris, Wi-Fi access, and toiletries. The camp is open all year round.


The camp is accessed via an hour’s road transfer from Nanyuki Airstrip. It’s situated along the Ewaso Nyiro river as it flows through South Laikipia, within the northern region of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.


Guest accommodation consists of seven tents, including one tent for family use. All are spaced well apart along the riverbank. Entering a standard-size tent, you’ll find a double bed, twin beds, or triple beds, as well as bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and ample storage space. The tent walls are cream canvas, but the interiors feature plenty of colour in the form of vibrantly patterned rugs and other soft furnishings. En-suite facilities include a classic bucket shower. And just outside the tent, there’s a private veranda, with a couple of chairs, a small table, and lovely river views! The family tent benefits from all these features, in addition to sleeping space for up to two children. 

The communal lounge and dining areas at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp are set up in a large mess tent. The lounge contains various comfortable sofas and armchairs around coffee tables. In the dining area, one long table is flanked by safari chairs, and topped by lanterns to create an inviting atmosphere. Everyone eats together here, enjoying delicious meals while sharing stories of their time on safari. The mess tent is open sided, so you can marvel at river vistas while relaxing and tucking in to food and drink. Just outside, there’s a fire-pit, which offers an al fresco space for gatherings. Attentive staff are always on hand.


Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers an amazing assortment of activities, as follows:

  • Expertly guided game drives

    – The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is characterised by an astonishing diversity of habitats, from savanna to thickets to forests, and it’s home to a real wealth of wildlife. Among the species can you expect to see while on daytime vehicle safaris are all Big Five – that’s lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Numerous smaller predators and herbivores are also in residence, not least some of the Northern Speciality Species – Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, and gerenuk. And there are over two hundred types of bird!
  • Night drives

    – Head out after sunset if you’d like to take a look at some of the conservancy’s nocturnal animals. These include leopard, aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, and the charming pangolin.
  • Bush walks

    – Also accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, walks offer opportunities to scrutinise the smaller lives of the area – for example, the plants, insects, and birds. Please note, there’s a minimum age requirement of 16 years for this activity, but the camp offers walks for younger safarists on a private basis.
  • Endangered species enclosure visits

    – Ol Pejeta’s endangered species enclosure comprises almost 300 hectares and it’s protected by armed security guards 24/7. It’s home to the world’s last two northern white rhino, and you can visit to observe the hefty herbivores and to learn about their upkeep. Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest live in the enclosure too.
  • Canine anti-poaching unit visits

    – Guests aged 12 years and over can visit the conservancy’s bloodhound dog kennels, where you’ll find out about the dogs’ training and activities. You can even play hide-and-seek with the keen-nosed canines!
  • Lion tracking

    – Fond of felines? Several of the conservancy’s lions have been fitted with radio collars and can be tracked using a special device. A fascinating alternative to a standard game drive.
  • Running with rangers

    – If you’re feeling energetic, you can join Ol Pejeta’s rangers on their early morning run. After the exercise, you’ll have coffee with them and find out about their work on the conservancy.
  • Cycling safaris

    – You can also keep fit by taking part in the camp’s weekly bike ride from Nanyuki to Mpala Research Centre and back, a distance of 84 kilometres. This trip involves a stop for lunch and a bit of non-technical rock climbing.
  • Cultural and community visits

    – Guests interested in local culture will appreciate excursions to local projects, such as tree nurseries and water-collection facilities. These are enjoyed in the company of camp staff, who are all local to Laikipia.
  • Nanyuki market day trips

     Ol Pejeta’s staff are also eager to show you around the market at Matumba. After shopping for camp supplies, you’ll head to a nearby restaurant for a traditional meal.
  • Wildlife–livestock integration

    – The conservancy contains over six thousand cattle alongside all its wildlife. In this activity, guests learn about biodiversity hotspots, and you’ll help out with the cattle too!
  • Junior ranger programme

    Young safaris aged 4 to 12 years can take part in this thrilling set of activities, which involves finding answers to questions throughout your time in the bush. On completion, each youngster will become a Junior Ranger, receiving a certificate, honorary pin, and ranger hat!

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.


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