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Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

1. Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

Get an early start on the day with 6:00AM pickup from your centrally-located Nairobi hotel. From there, you will begin your 3.5-hour drive to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, passing through a scenic landscape of coffee and tea estates. Make the first stop at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a refuge for chimpanzees from around West and Central Africa. Learn about some of the 38 chimpanzees that live in the sanctuary’s natural enclosures, and see the primates as they approach a feeding platform. Later, continue into the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a game drive across the open plains, which are home to a remarkable population of rare animals including wild dogs, zebras, cheetahs, and hartebeest, as well as the “Big Five” (lions, cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros). You can also later choose to visit one of the lodges within the game sanctuary for lunch. Following your meal, visit a rhino homestead and a manyatta, a reproduction of a traditional Kenyan homestead, where you can learn about Maasai, Polot, Turkana, and Samburu cultures. Meet village residents, see traditional-style homes and dances, and shop for unique souvenirs, and in the mid-afternoon, begin the return trip to Nairobi where your tour concludes with drop-off to your accommodations at around 6:30PM.

From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

2. From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

Your tour begins in the early morning with a drive towards the town of Nanyuki, arriving at 8:30 AM. Here you'll stop at the Equator Marker and take photos next to the big sign, to let others know you crossed the equator.  From Nanyuki it is a short drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Pass through the gates and enjoy your first game drive, lasting around 2 hours. See the chimpanzees and other wild animals on the northern side of the reserve.  At 12:00 PM you'll arrive at Serena Sweetwaters Lodge. Watch the animals as they come to the watering hole in front of the lodge to drink. Take photos of the resident monkeys and enjoy lunch before starting your afternoon game drive at 2:00 PM. Head to the eastern side of the park to visit a blind rhinoceros named Baraka, and see the three northern white rhinoceros roaming in their enclosure. The game drive will end at approximately 4:00 PM, and afterwards you'll drive back to Nairobi to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Nairobi: Full-Day Tour to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

3. From Nairobi: Full-Day Tour to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Leave Nairobi at dawn and drive North towards Nanyuki to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Seek out the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo) and take in the stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta. In the afternoon, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven for orphaned chimps established by the Jane Goodall Institute. You will also have the opportunity to see protected black rhinos here. Later, enjoy a game drive through the park where you can spot giraffes, zebras, elephants, buffalos, cheetahs and more. Keep an eye out for the area’s native birds - over 500 species have been recorded here including the Ostrich.

From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Game Drive & Lunch

4. From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Game Drive & Lunch

The driver/guide pick you up at your hotel or location of choice at 5:00 am to begin our eventful day. On the way to OlPejeta, we’ll point out traditional Kenya coffee and tea plantations. Weather permitting, you’ll also enjoy views of Mt. Kenya and its snow-capped summit. The drive is relatively short, only 3 – 4 hours. It’s the closest place to Nairobi where you can possibly view all of Africa’s Big Five. You’ll have opportunities to spot many typical East Africa wildlife like the Northern giraffe, vervet monkey, baboon, hippo, impala, gazelle, dik-dik and zebras. Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary This is the only place in Kenya where you’ll be able to enjoy these loving and intelligent creatures. Here at the sanctuary, orphaned and abandoned chimps are rescued and nursed back to health. When they’ve been rehabilitated, the chimps are introduced to large natural enclosures where they can live and play freely. Adding to the diversity of this special sanctuary you may also find some little-seen, unique wildlife such as the tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, black-fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbuck, waterbuck and eland. You may carry picnic lunch or enjoy a hot delicious meal at the Sweetwaters lodge as you watch gazelles or rhinos at the drinking waterhole. After lunch you will have a relatively short enroute game drive as you begin your journey back to Nairobi arriving at or around 7.30.pm

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