Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is the only owner-managed camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This intimate camp is beautifully set on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River in the game-rich Ol Pejeta Conservancy in southern Laikipia. The Conservancy is particularly known for its large population of black rhino (the largest in East Africa) and also boasts reticulated giraffe, the rare Grevy’s zebra, plenty of plains game and a healthy complement of predators; in fact the Conservancy has the highest resident game-to-area ratio of any park or reserve in Kenya.
Alex Hunter runs the camp with real passion and a genuine interest in allowing the guests to learn as much as possible about wildlife and conservation from their stay, but equally guests are encouraged to relax in camp if that’s what they feel like doing. Alex has extensive knowledge of the bush runs much deeper than that and his enthusiasm is infectious.
The 6 spacious tents, are generously spaced along the banks of the river, allowing guests a real sense of privacy. All of the tents are extremely versatile and can be made to cater for a double, twin or family. The whole camp can be booked exclusively for a family or group of 8 (at an additional cost). Additional temporary tents can be added for larger groups on request. The whole camp has been built so as to minimize its environmental impact: solar power is used wherever possible and the safari bucket showers limit water usage.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp activities
Apart from the regular day and night game drives and guided bush walks, some more unusual activities are on offer (some of which are dependent on length of stay in the camp): tracking lion, visit to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at feeding time, guided ravine river walks, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Endangered Species Enclosure, fly camping (for clients that stay 4 nights or more) and half a day with the tracker/attack dogs (depending on availability).
Although there’s such an extensive range of activities on offer, feel welcome to simply enjoy being in camp. Birds flock to the rustic bird table and nearby trees and plenty of game can be seen wandering past camp – simply stopping, looking and listening for a while can be incredibly rewarding and refreshing. A small library of reference books is on hand in the mess tent, where lunch is usually taken. Breakfasts and dinners are normally enjoyed in the open; at night the camp and the paths to the tents are lit by scores of kerosene lanterns.