Reviews of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
This is not a 5* hotel or an 'out of this world' upscale experience, nor does it seek to be. It is a Bush Camp. Having set that expectation, it is excellent at what it aims to deliver. Individual tented bedrooms are very comfortable and well finished (half a dozen in total). Showers are available in the en suite bathrooms within minutes of being requested.The one central building (the Mess) comprises a reception area, west facing terrace/bar area, sitting area with books and log fire, and dining area.
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.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp review
This was one of the two really outstanding places where we stayed. Alex Hunter (owner/manager) was an excellent host and was both hospitable and helpful, leading a superb team. Abdi was a knowledgeable guide and good driver. The food was excellent.
All very highly recommended. We felt really well looked after and hope to return again one day.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp review
A lovely bushcamp. Beautiful location by the river with good views across the bank with enough tree shade. Very comfortable tents, the only bit missing is some storage space for your clothes. Very friendly staff, tasty food, excellent service, yet not stuffy but relaxed so that you feel really at home. Of course Alex the owner/manager is key to this.
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.