Located on the equator west of Nanyuki Laikipia County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges, lies an unspoilt wilderness of Ol Pejeta. Famously a refuge for the last surviving white rhinos in the world, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also home a mind-blowing array of game including the African Big Five.
Ol Pejeta is a 365Km2 not-for-profit wildlife conservancy with a great composite bio-diversity like one other in East Africa. Providing food and shelter for wildlife and domesticated grazers, the Ol pejeta habitat boasts a unique and diverse ecosystem. In some parts, it has massive grasslands, benefiting the grazers; the open bushlands are dominated by the whistling thorn acacia trees which provide food for the giraffes and the black rhinos; the dense bushlands are a perfect hiding place for the carnivores; the riverine is dotted with the yellow fever trees that provide food and shelter to hundreds of herbivores including elephants, giraffe and vervet monkeys and lastly the marshlands a haven for birds, insects and herbivores.
The conservancy is famously known as the largest northern white rhino sanctuary in the world. It is home to Najin and Fatu, the last surviving northern white rhinos in the world and both relatives of late Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, making them the most treasured mammals here. Najin and Fatu are cared for in a special 2.8Km2 enclosed area within the conservancy with 24-hours armed security to guard them against poachers. Their caregivers ensure they get a nutritious diet supplemented with fresh vegetables to preserve their health and wellbeing. Ol Pejeta conservancy also provides a safe home for over 105 critically endangered black rhinos and Chimpanzees housed at the sweetwaters chimpanzees’ sanctuary.
For those interested in up-close game viewing, Ol Pejeta makes games walks, cycling and drives extremely rewarding. Here you are sure to have an almost finger-touch view of the African Big Five including African Elephant, Black and White rhinoceros, Lion, Cape buffalo and Leopard. Besides the big five, you will also get an easy sighting of cheetah, African wild dog, Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest. There are over 300 birds species recorded in the Conservancy. With a great shanjoy guide bringing you to the wild action, wildlife photography has never been so exceptional. You will document your memories in ways many only dream of. It is simply incomparable!
The Ol Pejeta conservancy is dedicated to educating their visitors on wildlife conservation and has an environmental and conservation centre that welcomes over 100 Kenya schools annually. The centre has a special focus on teaching culture ecology and sustainable wildlife management to safeguard its future and reduce animal-human conflict. A visit to the surrounding communities makes a great opportunity to learn the local culture and traditions of the Maasai, Pokot, Turkana and Samburu people.
Climate: the average temperature ranges between 280C in the day and 120C at night. It is also the dry season in December to March (Hot) and July to October (cool). The rainy season comes in April to June (long rains) and November (short rains). The wettest season is in May. Please note that the conservancy has an altitude of 1800 meters, making it cold at night and early mornings.
Activities: Game drives, night drives, game walks, cultural and community visits, endangered species enclosure, wildlife photography, bird watching, lion tracking, behind the scenes chimpanzees, cycling safari, and guided tours. Horse and camel riding game tracks are also available.
Some of the greatest sightings include Northern white rhino, Southern white rhino, Black rhino, Cheetah, Lion, African wild dog, Elephant, Grevy’s Zebra, Leopard and Jackson’s hartebeest.
You also get an extraordinary experience at the Sweetwaters chimpanzees’ sanctuary with our closest wild primates.
Accommodation: You can find good and luxurious accommodation in Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Comfort Gardens Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Abbas House Laikipia, and other tented camps and lodges inside the conservancy and its suburbs.
Access: the Ol Pejeta Conservancy can be accessed by road, a 3-4 hours’ drive from Nairobi. You can also use air via the Nanyuki Airstrip, which is a 45 hours’ drive from Ol Pejeta. Shanjoy Tours and Safaris can arrange for transfers for both air and road from the airstrip across the country.
Park Entry Fees: The park charges an entry fee to all visitors which goes to the wildlife management and conservation efforts in the park. Your Shanjoy travel expert will be able to guide you on the amounts needs and any other charged escapes available in the conservancy.