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Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Ol Pejeta conservancy part 1

by Olesia December 23 2013, 12:45 travel Kenya

Hello! This post is about our stay in Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp in Ol Pejeta conservancy.

Ol Pejeta conservancy is a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks as it is a host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard). It is also famous for being situated on the Equator.

For a long time we planned to go to this Conservancy and decided to stay in Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp. The camp lies at the centre of the 110,000-acre Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains 17 kilometres from Nanyuki and 217 kilometres from Nairobi. It took us about 4 hours to get there from Nairobi.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Ol Pejeta conservancy part 1
Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Ol Pejeta conservancy part 1
Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Ol Pejeta conservancy part 1

When we arrived we were greeted with fresh juice and warm towels to wipe the dust from our faces.

Arriving at the Camp
Arriving at the Camp
Arriving at the Camp
Arriving at the Camp

Arriving at the Camp

Curio shop in the Camp

Curio shop in the Camp

We stayed at the new Morani Wing, and the tents / rooms are best described as a suite under canvas with solid floors and separate thatched roofs, lacking nothing to make a stay utterly enjoyable. The tents are huge and furnished in British colonial style with en suite bathrooms of tile and porcelain. Each with its own ensuite bathroom (hot and cold running water, 24-hour hot showers and flushed WCs) and with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole where we sat back in safari chairs to watch giraffes, antelopes and the occasional elephant come to drink.

Electricity is provided by 24 hour generator.

At night we could hear animal sounds quite clearly and even some creatures running between the tents all of which added to the excitement of the stay.

Our cosy luxurious tent
Our cosy luxurious tent
Our cosy luxurious tent

Our cosy luxurious tent

Each tent is arranged around a watering hole, where the wildlife come, day and night. The game comes literally to the tents, separated by the ditch and electric fence to keep them out of bounds but within sight.

Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole
Impalas near the water hole

Impalas near the water hole

The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine.

Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Meals were generally buffet style with a hot cooking station which was excellent. A nice fireplace at the bar which was warm and inviting.

Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp
Enjoying sunny day in the camp

Enjoying sunny day in the camp

Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Superb Starling

Superb Starling

Camp view on the sunrise
Camp view on the sunrise

Camp view on the sunrise

After we had fully enjoyed beautiful sunrise and Mt. Kenya view (which is seen mainly early in the morning) we went on the game drive in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

All about it and many fotos in my next post:)

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