1 Day Trip Ol Pejeta Conservancy from Nairobi or Nanyuki
Sweetwaters Game Reserve Day Trip is an affordable full-day Big 5 safari that takes place in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, on the plains of the Laikipia Plateau, near Nanyuki town in the Laikipia District of Kenya. Sweetwaters Game Reserve also known as Ol Pejeta Conservancy lies 17 km from Nanyuki town and 217 km north of Nairobi. Road transfers from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy take about 3½ hours – 4 hours. The conservancy lies on the equator. This Full-Day Ol Pejeta Conservancy Safari starts in Nairobi where you are collected from your residence at 0430 hours in the morning and drive straight to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The drive of about 3½ hours brings us to the entrance of the game reserve.
Entering the park we make our way as we scan for wildlife, birds, and other creatures. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to elephants, leopards, lions, buffalos, and rhinos. During the game drive, we pause to watch any exciting animal or bird sightings and take photographs. You also visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Jane Goodall Institute. This is the only place in Kenya to view chimpanzees (Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary).
Later we stop to stretch our legs and enjoy a fresh coffee or tea at Morani’s Restaurant inside Ol Pejeta Conservancy. After our coffee break, we pass several watering holes where animals often congregate to drink and bathe. We pose for a delicious international cuisine lunch at the Sweetwaters Serena Camp with water-hole views. Then we make our way back through the conservancy watching for wildlife action along the way. We exit the park via the south gate later in the afternoon and return to Nairobi. Back in the city, you can choose to be dropped off at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants or at your residence, bringing your action-packed 1-day safari to a close.
Sweetwaters Ol Pejeta Day Trip Safari is an action-packed day safari in Ol Pejeta Conservancy that starts and ends in Nairobi. You could also choose to start the safari from any hotel location within Aberdare, Nyeri, Mweiga, Timau, and Nanyuki.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Sweetwaters Game Reserve) is situated on the plains of the Laikipia Plateau, near Nanyuki town in the Laikipia District of Kenya. The Conservancy lies 17 km northeast of Nanyuki Town and 217 km north of Nairobi. Road transfers from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy take about 3.5 to 4 hours. The conservancy lies on the equator.
It is the closest place for you to come and see the Big 5 from Nairobi. The scenic Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90 000 acre (360 km²) non-profit wildlife conservancy located in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya.
Spend the day out in the African bush watching elephants and all kinds of other wild animals and birds in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Visits to the conservancy include access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Jane Goodall Institute (Open daily from 8:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30).
Sit back and relax while your experienced guide takes you on exciting game drives in search of the Big Five and more, sharing his or her knowledge as you explore. Wild Animals at Ol Pejeta include 300 elephants, 67 lions, 30 cheetahs, 20 leopards, and 60 spotted hyenas, as well as a pack of African wild dogs.
Smaller predators are black-backed jackals, serval, caracal, and bat-eared foxes. There are also hippos, giraffes, baboons, monkeys, aardvarks, and ostrich. Antelopes include Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, Beisa oryx, waterbuck, eland, and over 300 species of birds. A coffee break and lunch stop are also included in your Full-day Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
This is an affordable, short Sweetwaters Game Reserve Safari you’ll be forever glad you took.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Highlights
* East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary
* Hosts some of the highest predator densities in Kenya
* One of only four private game conservancies founded in Kenya
* A higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any other Kenyan national park
* Night game drive (Available daily at 19:00 – 21:00 and 21:00 – 23:00)
* Home to the Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard)
* The only place in Kenya to view chimpanzees (Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary)
* Ride with Rhinos (Available daily at 08:00, 10:00, 14:00, and 16:00) and will last approximately one hour
* Meet the northern white rhinos (Available daily at 08:30 – 09:30, 11:00 – 12:00, 15:00 – 16:00, and 16:30 – 17:30)
Places to visit within Sweeetwaters/Ol Pejeta Conservancy on the 1 Day Tour
Morani Information Centre: The Morani Information Centre offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the different wildlife species that live on Ol Pejeta; from anatomy to behavior to habitat.
Black Rhino Baraka: Visit the black Rhino Baraka who was born in the wild in Ol Pejeta, but lost sight in both eyes due to a fight and then a cataract. Baraka now lives in the enclosure, located next to the Morani Information Centre, for his own safety.
Equator Sign: The southern and northern hemispheres meet in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and the Equator is marked in the eastern sector of the Conservancy, near Rongai Gate.
Hippo Hide: One of two permanent hides on Ol Pejeta. It is located discreetly on the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River and offers fantastic views of the water – where hippos often spend the day keeping cool in the shallow water.
1 Day Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day Safari Itinerary
0430 Hours: Depart from Nairobi and proceed north, driving through lush tea and coffee estates to Sweetwaters Game Reserve. Sweetwaters land, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and its sumptuous ranch were once the private domain of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Khashoggi.
0900 Hours: You visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps. Enjoy a game drive in the park where one could see reticulated giraffe, zebra, elephant, buffalo, warthog, waterbuck, hartebeest, lion, cheetah, hyena, gazelle, and impala among others.
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded including the Ostrich.
1230 Hours: Lunch will be served at one of the lodges in the game Sanctuary then followed by a visit to a rhino homestead. You then proceed on a game drive.
1400 Hours: Enjoy an afternoon game drive or visit a cultural village. This is an optional tour and attracts an extra fee payable directly to the chief at the village. The tribal village is situated just outside the Serat Gate of the Sweetwaters Game Reserve.
Here you have a chance to visit Kenya’s tribesmen in replicas of their traditional homesteads and sample their culture. The Masai, Pokot, Turkana, and Samburu men, and women invite you into their homes and sell their traditional wares, show off their ritual dances, and introduce you to their lifestyle.
1600 Hours: Depart by road back to Nairobi arriving at 2030 hours.
Sweetwaters Ol Pejeta Day Trip Safari Prices
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day Trip Safari Rates Includes:
Visit Chimpanzee Sanctuary + Price per person (Request for rates) + All park entry fees, service charges, and taxes + Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi or Nanyuki and drop-off to your hotel + Extensive game drives at Ol Pejeta/ Sweetwaters Conservancy + Lunch at Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp or a deluxe lunch box from Nairobi + Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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* This tour departs daily from Nairobi Hotels or from any Hotels within Aberdare/ Nyeri/ Mweiga/ Nanyuki etc
* GATE TIMES: Entry and Exit strictly through Rongai and Serat gates between 0700 to 1900 daily
2023 OL-PEJETA CONSERVANCY FEES PER DAY
* Children pay the half price of the adult
* Non-resident Adult = 90 US Dollars
* East African Citizen = 1,700 Kenya shillings
* East African Residents = 3,000 Kenya shillings
PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED:
* East African Citizen: National identity card, valid passport
* East African Resident: Valid passport showing work permit or alien certificate
Sweetwaters Ol Pejeta Day Trip Safari Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)