In Summary
  • The cottages are set in a riverine woodland in the less frequented southern part of the conservancy.
  • We have been to Ol Pejata a number of times over the last 20 or so years.
  • We have taken guests to the popular Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp, where they would be guaranteed to see plenty of interesting animals: elephants, rhinos and buffalos, for sure – and, with luck, lions, cheetahs or a solitary leopard.

I needed a break. I needed to get away from Nairobi, even if for a little while. I got the break — a very good one.

At dawn last Saturday we drove off, threaded the streets of the city, took to the Thika Highway and made north for Nanyuki.

We were heading for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where we had booked a night at the Safari Cottages that, in the words of their brochure, promised “a wildly private escape”.

It was a family trip, so our escape wasn’t wildly in the partying sense of the term. But it was certainly private — and at a place that is well in tune with the wild.

The cottages are set in a riverine woodland in the less frequented southern part of the conservancy.

We have been to Ol Pejata a number of times over the last 20 or so years. We have taken guests to the popular Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp, where they would be guaranteed to see plenty of interesting animals: elephants, rhinos and buffalos, for sure – and, with luck, lions, cheetahs or a solitary leopard. Also in this eastern section of Ol Pejeta there is the Endangered Species Boma and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

PROTECTED HOME

The Boma provides a protected home for the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world, and it also has a project for Grevy’s zebras and Jackson’s hartebeest.

The Sanctuary is a refuge for chimpanzees that have been rescued from captivity or the bush meat trade – many of them from the Congo.

I have also had the pleasure of sleeping in Mrs Kashoggi’s bedroom, in the opulent Ol Pejeta House – the “billionaire’s nest” – Adnan Kashoggi, the Saudi tycoon, had built for himself in Kenya’s wild. Not, I should hasten to add, that Mrs Kashoggi was there at the time!

On this trip to the conservancy, my wife and I were staying in a less opulent but, I think, more delightful accommodation.

There are four Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages in the southern section of the conservancy, near the Ngobit River and surrounded by some magnificent acacia trees.

Each of the two-bedroomed cottages has an interconnecting dining area and lounge, with a fireplace for blazing logs in the chilly evenings.

There is power all day and night, so there is hot as well as cold running water.

And the shower room and dressing space would have pleased even Mrs Kashoggi.

Everything in the rooms is well-chosen and interesting.

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