We recently went back to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to experience first-hand some of the wonderful things they’re doing for wildlife conservation.
“Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.” (http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/)
We had the privilege of spending quality time with the last two Northern white rhinos in the world, put their anti-poaching dogs to test and kicked back with the chimpanzees.
To see how all of this went down and what’s involved if you’re planning to visit them, check out our video (vlog? is that what it is?) below:
Beyond this there’s plenty more:
- Hand feed Baraka, the blind black rhino. Born on November 20, 1994, he was one of the first rhinos born in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Unfortunately, he lost his sight in both eyes due to a fight and then a cataract. But the rangers work tirelessly to ensure he’s safe, healthy and comfortable.
- Go Lion Tracking. Some of the lion’s at Ol Pejeta have been fitted with radio collars. You have the opportunity to search for their signal with one of the specialised lion trackers.
- Night game drive. Things get wilder in the wild at night.
- Guided bush walks. Touch, smell, see and hear nature as you explore Ol Pejeta with an experienced armed ranger.
- Community visits. One of Ol Pejeta’s key pillars is its work and impact in the surrounding communities through support to education, agriculture and livestock enterprise.
Here’s a breakdown of all the pricing to plan your trip, they have a few accommodation options from camping, self catered and full board too.
For all the activities, we’d recommend booking in advance. Some are quite popular and we’d hate for you to go all the way and not get a chance to experience some of the things we did.
The last time we were at Ol Pejeta, we went for an evening game drive and stayed two nights in Nanyuki, you can read about that here.
We hope everyone out there (reading this) takes some time out to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Your future self will be thankful you did. And it’s only 3 and a half hours from Nairobi!