The Ol Pejeta Rhino Conservancy is only a 3 hour drive from Nairobi and has a number of excitingly different activities you can partake of, making this a fun conservancy to visit & enjoy. Most of the activities listed below are available at a cost.
The traditional way to view game works very well here in the Conservancy as they have 90,000 acres of land filled with wildlife like elephant, lion, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, cheetah, rhino and tons of plains game. The best time for this activity is in the early morning before breakfast, and evenings after sundowners, though game drives are available throughout the day, and at nights too, after an early dinner.
Visiting the Endangered Species Boma
Three of the world’s last 7 remaining northern white rhinos live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in this boma, and you can have the opportunity to meet 2 of these rhinos up close and personal (visits to the famous rhino Sudan have been restricted due to health reasons). Listen to their amazing story from the keepers who attend to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The timing for this activity is 0830 hours and 1600 hours.
Walking in the African bush is a magical experience which awakens all 5 senses. Explore the conservancy with an experienced armed ranger who will share with you his expertise on the flora and fauna of the Conservancy. Learn to identify different animal tracks and spoors as you follow in the footsteps of the animals living in the African bush. The activity is available between 0630 – 0830 hours and 1530 – 1730 hours.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy has a highly trained anti-poaching canine unit which is open to visitors at 0830 hours daily. Interact with the dog keepers and test the dog’s ability to sniff you out by hiding in the nearby bush, while the bloodhounds are let loose on your trail.
Riding with rhinos
In addition to visiting the northern white rhino in the Endangered Species Boma, you can also ride within this area on Ol Pejeta safari horses. The enclosure is predator free and you will encounter herds of Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and many other species including southern white rhino and a variety of plains game. Finish off the ride with tea and cake at Morani’s restaurant. This activity is available at 1000 hours and 1500 hours, but is only open to experienced riders.
Behind the scenes chimps
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is the only place to see chimps in Kenya, and here, you will get to visit them during their feeding time. Watch the discipline which they exercise during feeding, and also the interactions with each other within their enclosures. This activity is available between 1200 – 1300 hours and 1630 – 1800 hours.
Morani Information Centre
Visit this centre which is named after Morani the rhino who used to live near the centre. Learn about the different wildlife species on the Conservancy, from anatomy to behaviour to habitat. Finally explore the converted rhino transport crate to understand what a rhino may feel like when it is being moved. The Centre is open daily from 0900 to 1700 hours and is free to visit.