Reviews of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
7 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Ol Pejeta Bush Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
My guide Duma had exceptional bird knowledge, one of the best I've come across in East Africa. This was my first visit to Ol Pejeta and it's not the wildest place and hard to escape views of fences or buildings, but in these Covid times there were hardly any other vehicles around so we had all our sightings to ourselves.
Highlights included many rhinos and a couple of visits to hyena dens, one where the youngsters seemed determined to dismantle our vehicle. For some of the time, we used the camp's electric vehicle which was a first for me. Asilia are taking Covid protocols quite seriously, with separate dining and staff wearing masks." See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya
"Ol pejeta Bush camp"
We saw a herd of elephants with several juvenile of various ages, there were two young bulls who had a play fight, don't know so much about the playing, there was lots of trumpeting and clashing of tusks. There was also a baby that the guide said was only a week old, he could still walk under his mum's belly he was so small. When the herd saw us they immediately formed a circle round the baby to protect it. Once they realised we were no threat they allowed him out, if you can imagine this little creature, with a trunk he really hadn't mastered, he put his ears out, trumpeted, and ran toward us in a little charge, then he suddenly realised what he was doing and turned and ran back to mum, we just sat and laughed.
We went to the rhinos sanctuary where we saw the last two southern (I think) white rhinos in the world. Those two, although are of breeding age cannot hold pregnancies, for different reasons, so apparently they have retrieved their eggs, and already had seen from an unrelated male, and they are going to do if using a northern white rhinos as a surrogate. This will happen apparently in January.
We went and stood on the equator for the necessary photo shoot!!!
We had a black rhinos charge at the car, fortunately the guide saw him coming ànd went really fast away from him!!!!
The tent was cosy, with WiFi and good internet connection, and the bed was so comfy, I had to laugh the first night, I put My foot into the bed and put it on something warm, I got out of bed rather quickly to discover a hot water bottle, they were also provided on the early morning drives. The mornings were very cold and indeed I needed a good coat or you would freeze.
Breakfast out in the bush was great........a little un-nerving in case the odd buffalo or lion may be about, despite being told it was ok, I ate with one eye peering out. The food was good, different because it was sometimes native, but that was an interesting experience, I even ate crocodile!!!!! Yes it does taste like chicken!! My first night there chef baked a huge birthday cake for me with candles as well !!! Which was very thoughtful, and they all came out singing in Swahili which was awesome.
The boundary of the camp on one side was a river, the banks were too steep to see the animals drink, but buffalo walked past, a hippo, well he more plunked and shuffled than walked, Giselle, earth on,
We saw giraffe and I was able to see the difference in the markings between the Rothschild at giraffe manor and these guys who were common giraffe. I saw zebra, there were two types, which on a couple of occasions has interbred and gave birth to hybred, who are apparently sterile. The guides were great, if I mentioned I would like to....see, or do anything, they just went off road and did it, I wanted to see the river where the animals drank from, so he took me, The whole camp was amazing, such an incredible experience, you can't put into words the feeling of the place, it's so friendly, run very efficiently, and extremely eco friendly. Well worth coming.
I could go on for hours about the animals, and what it felt like to actually see them do things you've read about or seen on documentaries. I said to the guys I wanted to see a chase, but not the kill, and to see the animals after the kill, and I did, they seemed to go out of their way to please, and nothing was too much trouble." See all these reviews: 11n in Kenya; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Great Safari Camp with Personal Touch"
"Ol Pejeta Bush Camp: my favourite"
The night was accompanied with the noises of two local lionesses who prowled Ol Pejeta Campsite which was on their territory. There was also a resident Goliath Heron who paraded the opposite river bank to mine and even though he got to know about my camera and move away when he saw it I did get a shot of him standing in the sunshine with his wings spread wide open.
There were books in the lounge area, both fiction and non fiction, which I enjoyed browsing (this is what I missed in the other campsites) and in the same area there was a huge log fire to sit beside in the evenings.
The meals were mostly from a quality buffet which as an almost non-meat eater I prefer and 'seconds' were always available.
I enjoyed a visit to the rhino sanctuary and actually touched a rhino but, big question, could he feel my touch through that thick skin? We also visited the chimpanzees' sanctuary but, ashamedly, I did not find it so interesting.
During the afternoons the wind increased in strength and became very cold and from my first evening I was offered, and took, the seat next to the driver to make sure I was warm enough. That same evening there was a terrific downpour of rain which filled a lot of elephant wallowing holes ready for the next day. The rain also brought the elephants into the area.
The biggest prize in our game viewing was to see a bat-eared fox but amongst others I also saw rhinos, zebras, monkeys, giraffes and at last a betrothed couple of 'pink' legged ostriches.
On my second morning and for the first time I was able to see Mount Kenya without its usual shroud of cloud. I was honored!
At the end of my last game drive we saw the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen and there was no need for a drink, eats or a table to sit at. We viewed it from the vehicle and were able to drive along to different viewpoints. Artistically and visually it was superb but scientifically it was mind-boggling and something I shall always remember.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is the site I would want to visit again, It was everything that I could wish for. It was the place where I was most content and hope to visit again." See all these reviews: 14n in Kenya
The food is excellent (head chef James), most drinks are free (including very acceptable Italian wines), all staff very good or better and all very friendly indeed (a credit to the manageress and to the individual owner), and the evening dinner party atmosphere all on one table most convivial and interesting. This Mess building is new and is only now being finished off in its details but that did not detract from the enjoyment of my short stay at all. Wifi available but sometimes patchy.
Within 48 hours, I had seen so many animals on safari including all the so-called Big Five (with all 3 species of rhino) (and I did not particularly target the five at all). I could happily have stayed longer but this was planned at short notice just as a couple of days at the end of a Mount Kenya trek.
Great suggestion for me personally by Expert Africa and many thanks indeed for putting it together with some road transport and a flight so quickly." See all these reviews: 2n in Kenya
"Ol Pejeta Bush Camp review"
All very highly recommended. We felt really well looked after and hope to return again one day." See all these reviews: 11n in Kenya; 5n in Tanzania
"Ol Pejeta Bush Camp review"
We enjoyed our guide's companion, knowledge and dedication to conservation - many thanks Duma ( hope the spelling is right, it's cheetah in Swahili) . Speaking of cheetahs, yes we saw it twice, the only cat that evaded us was leopard. However, the aim for visiting Laikipia was the rhino, which we enjoyed plenty of. Certainly the bonus was the wild dogs - a pack of 10. Our second encounter with them was during an afternoon walk. What a sight! The Ol Pejeta conservancy offers plenty of wildlife, beautiful terrain, other activities to fill in your afternoon if you're tired from game drives - visits to northern white rhino sanctuary ( you can learn more by watching 'The last chance to see' with Stephen Fry) and the chimps camp- and plenty of awareness for conservation and sense for reconciliation between livestock and wildlife. The grass was just high enough during our visit, but it was really cold in the morning and the night. We survived, thankfully, with the loan of two extra layers by Alex topping our own 3 during the morning and night drives. Of course we ventured to showering only during the midday break. Be prepared!
Certainly this camp found its place in my heart - my son enjoyed also very much. After 4 trips in Africa and a dozen or so camps is surely up there with a few others. Small, comfortable, relaxed, enthusiastic and experienced hosts, great wildlife are some of its assets. Pity for those that like it fancy or luxurious as it may stay off their tracks." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
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