Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy
Being a conservancy, Ol Pejeta shelters other endangered species such as oryx, hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra and the bat-eared fox. Like most Kenya parks you’re likely to come across various displays of giraffe, monkey, baboon, hippo, impala, gazelle, zebra, jackal and hyena. And the birdlife here is robust as well.
OL PEJETA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY HIGHLIGHTS
- Between the foothills of the Aberdares and snow-capped Mt. Kenya in central Kenya.
- Because it is near the equator temperatures don’t fluctuate too much. Expect daytime temperatures to be around 24oC (75oF).
- Wildlife is easier to track during the dry months of June through September and December through February. However, the park is distinctly more lush during the wet season of October through May.
- The park is open daily from 0700 hrs. to 2100 hrs.
- Home to about 40 rescued chimps, the sanctuary has 24-hour veterinary care to support and nurse the chimps back to good health. When they are ready, the chimps are brought into one of two large groups, living in large, natural enclosures. From an elevated observation post, keepers are happy to share with you each chimp’s story.
- This large drive-through area is the protected home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos. Other endangered species, Grevy’s zebra and Jackon’s hartebeest are here as well.
- named for Morani, a favorite black rhino who lived here for years, this center is a hands-on museum for visitors to touch such artifacts as a leopard skin and antelope horns to get a closer understanding of the park’s wildlife.
- This is a special opportunity to experience the park and the biosphere when the sun goes down. You may spot some unique wildlife that only appear after dark like aardvark, fox and leopard.
- for a different way to view the park, try a full day bike safari. The route is 42 km (26 mi) and offers a closer view of the animals. A lunch stopover at Big Rock is included along with some light rock climbing.
- You can’t get closer to nature or the animals than a horse-riding safari. This brings a whole new perspective to your relationship with the wildlife. Offered to experienced riders only.