Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located at the equator in Laikipia County, 13 km west of Nanyuki. It lies on the foothills of the vast Aberdare Ranges and the snow-capped Mount Kenya in Central Kenya.

The conservancy purpose is to conserve and provide sanctuary for the wildlife for non-profit with the income it generates going to re-investment to wildlife conservation and community development. However, it is worth noting that the conservancy runs one of the biggest cattle ranches in Kenya which is used as an ecological tool to manage the rangelands, maintaining heterogeneity and maximizing biodiversity for profit-making.

The Ol Pejeta Community Development programme benefits the local surrounding communities by funding health, education, water, and infrastructure projects.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Animals/Wildlife

 It serves as a conservancy for over 100 black rhinos-a key 1 black rhino population and the largest rhino sanctuary in East Africa, great apes, and two northern rhinos-transferred here from the Czech Republic.

Four northern white rhinos-two females and two males were transferred here in the hope that the climate and the rich grasslands of Ol Pejeta Conservancy would improve their breeding. The two females have since died one due unknown causes and the other one euthanized due to old age complications. The conservancy is trying to cross-breed the southern and the northern rhinos to preserve the latter genetics in hybrid offspring.

It is also home to chimpanzee which is conserved through Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established following an agreement between Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the Jane Goodall Institute. The sanctuary aim is to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from Central and West Africa. They are well nursed and put under a stimulating chimpanzee enclosure.

The number of chimps brought here under those conditions is over 39.

The chimpanzees have set feeding times and return to their indoor enclosures at night. Any other time, they spend their days exploring to become chimpanzees all over again.

Other great wildlife in Ol Pejeta includes the Big five (Lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, and African elephant), African wild dog, oryx, fox, cheetah, serval, zebra, hartebeest, giraffe, monkey, baboon, hippo, impala, dik-dik, Grant’s gazelle, eland, hyena, jackal, and many others.

It has abundant birdlife-over 300 species of birds on record.

Animals are allowed to move in and out of the conservancy through special game corridors that only restrict the movement of rhinos

This makes it one of the popular wildlife safari destinations in Kenya for local and international visitors.

Things to do in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Game drives, a wide variety of wildlife
  • Bird watching, abundant birdlife
  • Nature walks, great scenery
  • Picnics and bushwalks
  • Lions tracking
  • Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Close Tourists attraction Sites to Ol Pejeta

  • Morani information Center educates on the need to preserve black rhino and other endangered species
  • Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Equator Sign
  • Hippo Hide, a camouflaged place/shelter where you can observe animals closely
  • Scott’s Hide, a camouflaged place/shelter where you can observe animals closely

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Weather & Climate

Nanyuki, and the surrounding areas, has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.

The annual average temperature is 16°C. March is the warmest month with an average temperature of 17°C while December is the coldest month with an average temperature of 15°C. Day temperature is about 24°C and varies just a little since the area is at the equator.

The average annual rainfall is 819 mm. January is the driest month while rainfall is at a peak in April.

When to Visit

The best time to visit is during the dry season from June to September and from December to February when roads are quite dependable.

How to get there

From Nairobi, you get to Nanyuki through Nyeri; a distance of 196 km. Ol Pejeta is 13 km west of Nanyuki. There is a well-developed road network.

There is also the Nanyuki Airfield under Kenya Airports Authority that offers public air transport with most traffic routed from Nairobi.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Entrance Fees/Charges

Ol Pejeta entrance Charges are as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 1,200, Child 600, and Student 300
East Africa Residents (KES): Adult 2,400, Child 1,200, and Student 600.
Non-resident (US $): Adult 95, Child 48, and Student 24

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Contacts

For booking and questions on tourism, please reach them through

Mobile: +254 (0) 707 187 141, +254 (0) 705 911 021
Email: reservations@olpejetaconservancy.org

Ol Pejeta Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges near Ol Pejeta include

  • Sweetwaters Tented Camp
  • Ol Pejeta House
  • Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
  • Porini Rhino Camp
  • Pelican House
  • Kicheche Laikipia Camp

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