Ol Pejeta was initially owned by Lord Delamere who was among the first British settlers in Kenya; he used the farm as a beef ranch. Later he passed it on to Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian billionaire who was known for his business empire. In 2003, the ranch was purchased by fauna and flora international that run it to date.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the only conservancy in the world where you can view the big five, the chimpanzee and all three of the rhino species left in the world which includes the Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis), Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium Simum cottoni)and two of the world remaining Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum)
The Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy was started by Jane Goodall Institute to provide refuge to chimpanzees from the west and Central Africa which were either orphaned or abused in collaboration with KWS.
Olpejeta Conservancy From Nairobi
The distance from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy or namely called Sweetwater’s Conservancy is approximately 210 km (127 miles) and would take approximately 4 hours driving on A 2 paved road all the way to Nanyuki Town
The scenic drive from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy drives through; Ruiru town, Thika town, Kenol, Makuyu, Sagana, Kibongoti, Karatina town, Nyeri, Kiganjo, Chaka, Naromoru, and then finally Nanyuki town then turn to marram road.
Daily scheduled flights operate from Nairobi to Nanyuki Airstrip which takes approximately 45 minutes. Ol Pejeta can be accessed via Rongai gate especially if you are coming from Nanyuki town or use Serat gate if you are approaching from Rumuruti.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Weather
The annual temperatures vary from 24 degrees Celsius/75 degrees Fahrenheit and annual rainfall is approximately (600 to 800 millimeters).
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Location
OL Pejeta is located within Laikipia County which acts the gateway to the Kenya Northern frontier, Nanyuki is a town that vaunts the end of a railway, the equator line cuts along the reserve and it’s sandwiched in between Mount Kenya 5,199 meters (17,057 ft) the second highest mountain in Africa and Aberdare range with the highest point at 3,999 meters (13,120 ft),
It’s a sweeping range and the cradling of a plateau lush with wildlife and folks all around. The Conservancy is located within a 90,000-acre land and the average altitude is (1,826 meters) and the park coordinates are 0.0043° S, 36.9637° E.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Hotel
Accommodation can be either inside the conservancy at Sweetwater’s Tented Camp or at the nearby Nanyuki town which includes Mount Kenya Safari Club. Kindly conduct us for guidance on your booking needs.
Best Time To Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers good wildlife viewing almost throughout the year although the rainy season can disrupt planned excursions.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Safari
Customized safari packages to Ol Pejeta can be organized from our offices. They include; family safari, Photographic safaris, private safaris, bird watching safaris, group safari, and honeymoon safari etc. Pick up can be done from your Nairobi city hotel or direct from the Jomokenyatta International Airport depending on your inbound flight arrival time.
The safari packages include accommodation within or around Ol Pejeta, game drives in land cruisers or minivans, game viewing in the Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Park fees and Park entry fee with a professional guide etc.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Animals
It’s the only conservancy in the world which houses the three different species of Rhinos namely; The Black Rhino, Northern White Rhino, and The Southern White Rhino. It’s the only place in Kenya where you can view Chimpanzees.
Other wild animals found in the conservancy include; the unique Samburu special five, elephants, common zebras, Kirks dik-dik, cheetahs, leopards, lions, impala, waterbucks, baboons, grant gazelles, and on several occasions, hunting dogs have been spotted in the conservancy.
The Northern White Rhinos/Sudan
The world remaining two northern white rhinos are housed at Ol Pejeta after passing on of the world famous “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World”. Sudan on 19th March 2018. Sudan was born in 1973 in Sudan country and was translocated to Czech Republic in February 1975.
He was then translocated back to Africa to Ol Pejeta – Kenya in 2009 where he passed on 2018 at age 45 because of age-related issues. Sudan lives behind two female of the subspecies of Southern White Rhinos namely Najin and fatu her daughter who remain at Ol Pejeta. Sudan couldn’t reproduce with the two females naturally because of his old age and other related issues.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Birds
The conservancy is home to over 300 birds species. Common birds at Ol Pejeta Conservancy includes; common ostrich, crested francolin, little egret, great egret, helmeted guinea fowls, yellow-billed stork, lilac breasted roller, african hoopoe etc.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Activities
- Five Big Animal Safaris
- Lion Tracking
- Night Game Drive
- Bush Walk
- Dog Tracking
- Photographic Safari
- Bird Watching
- Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Rhino sanctuary
- Equator sign.