At YZ, we love a classic safari camp! At Ol Pejeta, owned and run by keen conservationists Alex and Diana Hunter, as well as relishing those great drives and walks, you can really immerse yourself in the local culture and learn all about the conservation work that goes on behind the scenes. A big thumbs-up from us!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Ol Pejeta is situated along the Ewaso Nyiro River as it flows through southern Laikipia, within the northern region of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal areas of Ol Pejeta consist of two large tents, one for lounging and one for dining. Often staff roll up the sides of these tents, enabling cool breezes to waft through and, of course, ensuring that guests have spectacular views out to the River and the Conservancy – and to a salt lick on the far bank, which is very popular with passing wildlife! The lounge tent is colourful, with plenty of armchairs, small sofas, director chairs and even some sizeable poufs amid rugs on the floor. A homely vibe is created by scatterings of books on tables, plus a few vases of flowers. The dining tent is just as inviting, featuring a communal table in the centre and some vibrant tableware!
Ol Pejeta’s guest accommodation comprises five spacious tents, spaced well apart for privacy. All of these are able to function as twin, double or family rooms. Each has a high wicker roof for daytime shade, in addition to ample duvets and blankets for when the nights turn chilly. Furnishings include bedside tables, luggage racks, and rugs for warmth. En-suite facilities of flush toilet and shower are accessible via a zip at the back of the tent, while at the front of the tent is a veranda with tables and chairs. This is also a great place to admire views of the River and surrounds!
Food and drink is tasty and hearty! Head Chef James Mumo makes fresh bread every day in his traditional charcoal oven and produces a wonderful array of dishes to suit every palate.
The main activities at Ol Pejeta are day and night game drives and walking safaris. The Conservancy totals 360 sq. km of rippling plains, rolling hills, acacia woods and swamplands, home to a wealth of wildlife. All Big Five animals may be viewed here, plus cheetah, giraffe, zebra, gazelles, jackals, baboons, ostrich – and other bird species numbering in their hundreds! Local visits are also available, and highly recommended. These include the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Northern White Rhino Sanctuary, where three members of this very rare subspecies are living at present.
In addition to enjoying safari activities, guests can take an interest in local conservation efforts, not least through the ‘Paws, Claws, Birds & Turds’ programme! This is a five-day stay at the camp that involves close encounters with the wildlife and peoples of the area – lion tracking, fly camping, community visit, livestock integration are a few examples of what is on offer. The Hunters’ interest in conservation really shines through in the activities laid on at Ol Pejeta. And Alex Hunter even leads some of the tracking!