Ol Pejeta Landscape by Kim Van der Waal

The One of a Kind Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya

Enter Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The scenic Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90 000 acre (360 km²) non-profit wildlife conservancy located amid the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a relatively uncrowded wilderness area, home to an impressive variety of wildlife, providing top-notch game viewing. It was established as a game ranch back in 1988 and transformed into a wildlife conservancy in 2004.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Claims to Fame - Ol Pejeta's Appeal

Black rhinos by Marc

  • East Africa's largest black rhino sanctuary
  • Four of the world's seven remaining northern white rhinos
  • Only place in Kenya to view chimpanzees (Kenya's only chimpanzee sanctuary)
  • Hosts some of the highest predator densities in Kenya
  • A higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any other Kenyan national park
  • Home to the Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard)
  • One of only four private game conservancies founded in Kenya

Lions by Kim van der Waal

Wildlife of Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta hosts more than 10000 large mammals and features an endangered species boma, home to rhino species, Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest.

Visits to the conservancy include access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute.

Chimpanzee by Valentina Storti

Wild Animals at Ol Pejeta include:

  • Black rhinos, southern white rhinos and critically endangered northern white rhinos (four of the last seven northern white rhinos in the world).

Rhino by Kicheche

  • About 300 elephants - the Conservancy features wildlife corridors within its boundaries to enable movement between Ol Pejeta and the greater Laikipia/Samburu ecosystem.

Ol Pejeta Elephants by kimvanderwaal

  • Large predators - about 67 lions, 30 cheetahs, 20 leopards and 60 spotted hyenas, as well as a pack of African wild dogs.

Cheetah by KimvanDerWaal

  • Smaller predators - black-backed jackal, serval, caracal and the bat-eared fox. 

Black-backed jackal by Marc

  • Hippo, giraffe, baboon, monkey, aardvark and ostrich.

Ol Pejeta Giraffe by Kicheche

  • Antelopes - Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, impala, Beisa Oryx, waterbuck and eland.

Impalas by kimvanderwaal

  • Over 300 species of birds.

Bird by Konrad Glogowski

Conservation at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

This non-profit conservancy is at the forefront of wildlife conservation in Kenya, sheltering large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy aims to function as a financially self-sufficient entity that serves as a model of innovation in conservation and community outreach. The conservancy strives to conserve wildlife in a way that creates tangible social benefits to local people, as well as nationally. Ol Pejeta runs a wildlife tourism programme with a Conservation Education Centre and an integrated livestock production system, as a means of achieving its aims.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy by Konrad Glogowski

The Ol Pejeta Mission 

"The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. Working closely with the Government of Kenya, our conservation activities are carried out to the highest international standards."

Activities at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Game walks
  • Horse rides
  • Camel rides
  • Game drives
  • Night drives

Where on Earth is Ol Pejeta Conservancy?

Short answer: Central Kenya in East Africa.

Longer answer: Situated on the plains of the Laikipia Plateau, near Nanyuki town in the Laikipia District of Kenya. It lies 17 kilometres northeast of Lake Nakuru National Park and 217 kilometres north of Nairobi. Road transfers from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy take about 2-3 hours. The conservancy lies on the equator.

Equator sign by Jason Blade

More on Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Scenery

Go to Ol Pejeta on our 10 Day Kenya Highlights Lodge Safari.

To visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy on safari in Kenya - contact us.


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