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The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

The conservancy has an extensive variety of animals including the Big Five as well as a chimpanzee sanctuary.

Fauna and Flora International Conservancy

During the colonial era, the area was used as a cattle ranch. However, increasingly elephant populations that previously used the ranch as a migratory corridor took up residence on the property, knocking down fences and making cattle ranching impossible. In 2004 the reserve was purchased by Fauna and Flora International, a UK based conservation organization and turned into a conservancy.

Wildlife of Ol Pejeta

The conservancy encompasses the Sweetwaters Game Reserve where the chimpanzee sanctuary is located and the old surrounding ranches which have reverted to wilderness. Since 2004 game has come back into the area in large numbers and populations have increased 15% each year. Open plains, acacia forests, hilly slopes and swamps provide diverse habitats for a wide range of species. There are numerous black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, Grévy's zebra, giraffe, cheetah, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, black-backed jackals, ostrich, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, eland and more. Birds will not disappoint with several hundred species present on the conservancy.


There are a wide range of activities to enjoy on the conservancy such as game drives, walking safaris and horse riding. With just three camps in the conservancy the area is wild and you rarely see another vehicle. Just an hour's drive from the small settlement of Nanyuki the reserve is easily accessible but offers a very wild experience on the Laikipia Plateau.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Ol Pejeta Conservancy, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Ol Pejeta Conservancy at its best.

    • The Big Five in Kenya
      Rhino mother and calf, Laikipia

      The Big Five in Kenya

      The Big Five in Kenya

      Home of the Masai Mara and Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, you'll have countless opportunities to spot the Big Five in Kenya. With a range of first-class lodges, you can embark on traditional game drives and walking safaris in search of these magnificent animals.

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