OL Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

OL Pejeta Bush Camp

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region is Alex Hunter’s atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence. Here you will share your space with the last two surviving northern white rhino in the world.

Ol Pejeta’s six traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino and the Big Five. Ol Pejeta is the first choice for discerning safari veterans looking for a luxury bush camp and to understand and enjoy the very best of world-leading conservation practice.

Lodge Highlights

When to go
All Year Round
From $420 pp All Inclusive
Pristine Wilderness + Big Five Experience
Ideal Stay
Minimum 5 Nights

OL Pejeta Bush Camp Booking Seasons

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Peak Mid Low

Stay at OL Pejeta Bush Camp

Low-key East African authenticity is the hallmark of Ol Pejeta. With no permanent structures and an entirely ecofriendly design, the camp blends seamlessly into the surrounding plains in a mix of natural colours and materials.

‘Soak up Ol Pejeta’s traditional safari comfort and profound conservation ethos surrounded by the wild sights and sounds of Africa’

The mess area looks out over the sprawling plains and is the hub of the camp. Meals are enjoyed under canvas in the dining tent, while the cool, breezy mess tent with its inviting sofas and armchairs echoes the friendly, relaxed atmosphere in camp. When darkness falls, evenings are spent around the fire, waiting to catch a glimpse of a rhino ambling down to drink at the opposite river bank.


Accommodation at OL Pejeta Bush Camp

Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta are charming and full of character. All tents come complete with warm blankets for the winter mornings, rechargeable solar lights and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon in privacy, watching the animals come and go along the river bank.

Hearty, homemade food with a gourmet twist using fresh organic beef, lamb and chicken from surrounding community ranches is what you’ll enjoy at Ol Pejeta. All the vegetables are brought from local farmers or from a local women’s co-op.

Breakfast in camp includes fresh fruits (including mangoes, papaya, melons, oranges and passionfruit), homemade muesli, freshly baked bread, toast, pancakes, eggs to order with bacon, sausages, fried tomatoes. Try the delicious mandazis, our local speciality doughnuts.

A picnic breakfast in the middle of a game drive is a must-do, either on the plains or beside the Ewaso Nyiro river. This will include muesli, fresh fruit salad, toast, omelettes, bacon and sausage, cinnamon rolls, mandazis with fruit juice, freshly pressed coffee and tea.

Lunch includes a selection of fresh salads, with pasta or a hot main dish followed by fresh fruit salad for dessert. You can enjoy ‘bitings’ and canapés with an evening drink around the campfire from 7.30pm, and dinner is served at 8pm. The main course includes dishes like roast lamb, sirloin or fillet from Ol Pejeta Ranch, tilapia fillets, steak and chips, chicken curry with fresh chapatis, and so on, followed by a mouthwatering dessert – fruit crumble with homemade custard or fresh cream and banoffee pie are two favourites.

The Experience

Experience OL Pejeta Bush Camp

As well as being a beacon of sustainable conservation, Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts one of the greatest game-to-area ratios of any reserve in Kenya. From evergreen thickets to gnarled acacia forests, a diverse range of habitats supports the rare Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest and the most elusive of them all, the African wild dog. The Big Five can all be found in the area. Importantly, these wild animals live and graze alongside the world’s largest herd of Boran cattle in a pioneering and mutually beneficial land-management system that adds to the unique and varied safari experience.

The conservancy also offers excellent birding opportunities, with over 200 migrant and resident species in a great ornithological gathering that ensures excellent sightings.

But perhaps the most exciting draw of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the extraordinary rhino conservation effort. The conservancy prides itself on safeguarding vulnerable wildlife – it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Over 100 critically endangered black rhino live on the land along with 20 southern white rhino, and it is a sanctuary for two of the three last remaining northern white rhino in the world. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent beasts in the wild or visit the northern white rhino sanctuary for a fascinating close-up experience.

There is so much for kids to do at Ol Pejeta! As well as excellent wilderness game drives, it offers a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most endangered wildlife species. A visit to the northern white rhino enclosure will introduce them to the last two surviving members of this species left on the planet. Children also enjoy tracking lion during a game drive or visiting the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary to feed rescued chimp – the only place left to see these creatures in Kenya. For an exceptional family safari, combine a stay at Ol Pejeta with a few days at our Mara Bush Houses.


Things to do at OL Pejeta Bush Camp

  • Lion tracking
  • Visit the Endangered Species Enclosure
  • Horse riding with rhinos at the Endangered Species Enclosure
  • Cultural & community visits
  • Canine Anti-Poaching Unit Visit
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Horseriding in the Conservancy
  • Running with rangers
  • Gym in the wild
  • Cycling safaris
  • Nanyuki market day
  • Wildlife – Livestock integration

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A selection of tour itineraries to showcase what you can do. We encourage you to pick destinations of interest and we custom-make your safari to give you a more personalized experience.

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Fourways Junction Estate
Iris Court 1
House number 12

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