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7 ways to connect with the real Africa at Ol Pejeta

June 5, 2014

Set on nearly 100,000 acres in central Kenya, on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River you will find Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, one of Bush and Beyond’s newest properties. With the impressive Mount Kenya as a backdrop, this traditional and very comfortable tented bush camp is often called the “real Africa” for its dramatic landscape and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. For travelers wanting an authentic safari experience, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers 7 unique ways to connect with nature in Nanyuki.

Fall asleep and wake up with the sounds of African wildlife

Because Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts the highest resident game-to-area ratio of any park or reserve in Kenya, it’s not unusual to hear lions roaring as you relax in your tent after dinner or birds serenading you at sunrise. Rare breeds on the conservancy include 80 Black rhino, 9 white rhino, the extremely rare Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeest.

Track lions with Ol Pejeta’s predator researchers

The African lion population has declined by 30-50% in just over two decades, a reduction largely due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. Sobering statistics reveal that the national population of lions in Kenya is reduced by an average of 100 lions each year. Habitat loss and conflict with humans are mostly to blame for the nearly 50% decline in the last two decades. Predator researchers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers a unique opportunity to guests to be involved in crucial research to help monitor the lion population in central Kenya. Join researchers for a day of tracking radio collared lions from the safety of a safari vehicle and do your part in helping conserve these beloved big cats.

Go for a game drive to see Northern White Rhinos

Nearly brought to extinction by poaching  in the 1970s and 1980s, the Northern White Rhino population is slowly recovering. If it wasn’t for the efforts of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this critically endangered species would be considered extinct in the wild. A game drive to view the world’s rarest large mammal and learn about its fight for survival is optional, but an experience you will never forget.

Lace up and run across the plains

If you’ve ever dreamed of running across the African plains with herds of animals in the distance and Mt Kenya as the backdrop, a stay at Ol Pejeta will be a dream come true. It’s done in complete safety with the support of a safari jeep behind you. Some guests like to combine their stay at Ol Pejeta with the Lewa Half Marathon and Marathon – we suggest adding a few days to your trip to make sure you’re adjust to the elevation and temperatures.

Birdwatching – better bring your binoculars!

The region is home to more than 300 species for birds, a true paradise for even casual birdwatchers. While many species can be observed from the comfort of your tent at base camp, avid ornithologists will want to take part in a guided river ravine walk at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Spend time with researchers on this rugged adventure – and don’t forget to bring your camera, too!

Hang out with chimpanzees

Highly endangered, chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives and fascinating to observe. At the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, 42 of these social and intelligent animals are cared for by attentive staff. Many came from terrible and traumatic homes, but have adjusted well to their new lives within the vast natural space at Sweetwaters.

Explore the landscape on a bush walk

“There is no better way to connect with the real Africa than getting out there and walking to feel a part of the landscape,” says Alex Hunt, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp’s owner and manager. Raised in Kenya and Tanzania, Alex has been a guide for over 20 years and being able to call Ol Pejeta home is a dream home true. “Bush walks are the best way to find and observe magnificent game and to view at close hand the detail of this extraordinary environment.”

A long-time favorite among TripAdvisor members, we are proud to welcome Ol Pejeta Bush Camp to the Bush and Beyond family. Learn more about the Alex and the camp on our website.

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