The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. Just an hour's drive from the small settlement of Nanyuki the reserve is easily accessible but offers a very wild experience on the Laikipia Plateau.
Open plains, acacia forests, hilly slopes, and swamps provide diverse habitats for a wide range of species - including the big five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) as well as a chimpanzee sanctuary. Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.
It has some of the highest predator densities in the region, and aside from the big cats, there is a chance of seeing wild dogs. Other endangered species here include the beisa oryx, Jackson's hartebeest, and Grevy's zebra. Its highlights include the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa; a population of southern white rhino; a refuge for the last two northern white rhino left in the world.
While on safari in Ol Pejeta guests can meet Baraka the Black Rhino - one of the first rhinos born on the conservancy. After losing an eye to an infection following a fight he, unfortunately, developed a cataract in the other eye and subsequently became completely blind. With a low chance of survival on his own, Baraka was moved from the wild to a 100-acre enclosure in order to ensure his safety. There is a feeding platform from which visitors can get up close to view and feed him, an experience not to be missed.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is also open for visitors - established as a refuge for orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees is the only place in Kenya where non-indigenous chimpanzees can be seen.
Safaris by vehicle are not the only option at Ol Pejeta; there are a wide range of extra activities to book and enjoy on the conservancy: walking safaris, bicycle tours, horse or even camel riding safari night drives; visits of the endangered species boma or the dog tracking unit, lion tracking, community visits and also a special “Junior Ranger” program for the kids and much more – more information: https://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/ol-pejeta-escapes/conservation-experiences/