Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Laikipia County)
Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Sweetwaters Game Reserve) – a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Sweetwaters Game Reserve) is only 3 hours drive from Nairobi Conservancy is the closest place from Nairobi to see the BIG 5 and welcomes day trips Safaris.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s (Sweetwaters Game Reserve) main gate is 14 kilometers from the equator turn off, just before Nanyuki town. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an important “not-for-profit” wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya and the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee.
The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. Ol Pejeta Conservancy Guests pay a conservation fee for each day spent inside the Conservancy which includes a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.Why Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta conservancy is the only place in Africa that offers the opportunity to see chimpanzees and the big 5
Ol Pejeta house offers large luxurious rooms, a stunning garden with watering hole, and two swimming pools
Sweetwaters tented camp offers fine quality tented accommodation overlooking a large watering hole backed by a spectacular view of Mount Kenya, a lovely swimming pool and a game viewing bar.
Sweetwaters tented camp also offers a true safari experience with night drives, bush walks and Bush breakfast
3 Hour Drive from Nairobi on good roads, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the closest place for you to see the big 5.
Ol Pejeta conservancy is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy. Home to over 40 chimpanzees, 73 endangered black rhino, 5 endangered white rhinos, elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo, grevy zebra, giraffe, cheetah, thomson's gazelle, black-back jackals, ostrich, grant's gazelle, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, eland and several hundred bird species.
Largest Black Rhino SanctuaryOl Pejeta Conservancy Accommodations
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa. The Ol Pejeta conservancy is home to 83 black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli).
In Kenya the numbers of black rhino dropped from an estimated 20,000 in the 1970s to less than 300 animals in the 1980s.
Through various conservation initiatives, the remaining black rhino population has been protected from intense poaching and the current population in Kenya is estimated at 539. By 2010 Kenya will aim to increase its black rhino numbers to 650.
When visiting the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you will be accommodated in one of our five luxurious facilities: Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Porini Rhino Camp, Kicheche Camp and Olpejeta Bush Camp.
Baraka, a Black Tamed Rhino
Baraka was the first rhino to be born in the wild on Ol Pejeta, aptly named Baraka meaning blessings in Swahili. He is now completely blind due to a fight with another rhino which lost him an eye and then sadly he developed a crystallized cataract in the other which is beyond repair.
His disability has meant that he could not be returned to the wild. Baraka's new home has meant that he has replaced Morani as an Ambassador for the species, however he will not be able to replace Morani in terms of good nature and willingness to allow visitors a “hands-on” experience. It is for this reason that the Ol Pejeta Conservancy has created a feeding platform from which visitors can feed Baraka three times a day.
Morani Information Centre
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Morani Centre provides an interesting, educational experience with displays that provide comprehensive information about how a modern wildlife conservancy works. With Serena Hotels managing Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s main accommodation facilities; Sweetwaters Tented Camp and Ol Pejeta House, visitors can expect a quality experience. Seasonal Tented Camps on Ol Pejeta Conservancy include: Ol Pejeta Bush camp, Rhino Porini camp and Kicheche camp.
These camps offer “conservation safaris” that expose clients to the modern conservation activities that take place daily on Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee SanctuaryOl Pejeta Conservancy Lion Tracking
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute.
The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993. This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.
Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the sanctuary to 43. At Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure.
The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Sweetwaters is a chartered member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), an alliance of 18 sanctuaries in 12 African countries, currently caring for over 800 orphaned and/or confiscated chimpanzees. PASA’s role is to help conserve chimpanzees and other primates and their habitats through public education and lobbying for political goodwill.
Guests are offered a unique opportunity to spend a morning with Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s predator research team.
Guided bush walks and bird watching across game-teaming plains are also offered as are Camel Rides.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Game Drives
Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s private status it is able to offer the unique pleasure of night game drives. Night game drives last approximately two hours and are your opportunity to see some nocturnal wildlife on Ol Pejeta. The night game drives are a very enjoyable experience: you will travel in an open game drive vehicle with very knowledgeable guides.
During the drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight searching for the nocturnal animals. Expect to see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including aardvarks, bat-eared fox, porcupines, bushbabies, bushbucks, mongoose, genet cats and a number of nocturnal birds.
Northern White Rhinos
The northern white rhinoceros is one of the five rhino species still remaining, and only just. Closely resembling its southern white cousin, the northern whites were hit particularly hard in the poaching epidemic of the 1980s and early 90s and it is now considered extinct in the wild.
On 20 December 2009, Ol Pejeta became home to four of the then seven rhinos left in captivity. Two males and two females were moved from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic in the hope that the climate and rich grasslands of Ol Pejeta, a native habitat for the animals, would provide them with more favourable breeding conditions.
The males (named Sudan and Suni) and the females (Fatu and Najin) enjoyed 24-hour armed security and a 700-acre enclosure. Suni was seen mating with Najin in 2012, but tests have confirmed she is not pregnant. Such is the plight of this species that Ol Pejeta is trying to cross-breed the closely related southrn white rhinos with the northern whites, to preserve northern white rhino genetics in hybrid offspring. On 17 October 2014, Suni died from unknown causes but not because of poaching. On March 19, 2018, Sudan was euthanized after suffering from "age-related complications".
The Cultural Manyatta on Ol Pejeta
Conservancy allows visitors to experience “up close” the daily lives and activities of various nomadic Kenyan tribes. The Manyatta also provides an income opportunity for the community that lives there.
Wildlife and cattle integration
Is a practice being successfully undertaken on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Cattle graze in the conservancy in a controlled and well presented manner and are kept at night in predator proof “bomas”.