“Our expectations of The Safari Cottages were totally surpassed. What a magic, private hideaway in a very quiet area of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with total serenity and peace. The food was exceptional. All the staff were welcoming and went out of their way to give us the holiday of a lifetime. The space in the cottage was simply glorious and, being totally private, it’s a joy for families with kids. The game viewing was incredible and we saw an extremely high concentration of wild animals in incredibly beautiful surroundings. Adopting a chimpanzee and feeding a black rhino were extremely emotional and iconic experiences that will remain with us for life. Thank you so much. We will without a doubt be back.”
These newly-completed cottages are the perfect retreat for anyone who wants to be as private and independent as possible when on safari. There are only 4 cottages in total – two with 2 bedrooms and two with 1 bedroom – making this small development ideal for visitors wanting to avoid the constraints and crowds of lodges or camps.
The cottages are also the perfect place from which to experience and explore Ol Pejeta’s unrivalled abundancy of animal and bird life. They nestle in an unspoilt bush location amid towering yellow- bark acacia trees, sitting alongside the meandering Ngobit River in the remote and little-visited southern part of the conservancy, and enjoy uninterrupted views across the river valley to the upland plains beyond.
“I am so happy that I found the Safari Cottages before going for a weekend trip to Ol-Pejeta – they are ideal! The staff were all very sweet and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We went for a beautiful drive along the yellow-fever acacia dotted river which was just stunning and came across a den of hyenas with the sweetest cubs who were very playful and entertaining. We saw a large herd of elephant on the river with a number of calves – so good to see -and rhino too.”
Each spacious two-bedroom cottage can comfortably house four adults – with room for two additional children sharing a bedroom. The one-bedroom cottage is ideal for a couple. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers, washbasins, wardrobes and dressing areas. The living and dining rooms boast large fireplaces and comfortable sofas. Meals are prepared in a well-equipped external kitchen.
In each cottage all the rooms open out and unzip, safari-tent style, onto an enormous veranda which runs the length of the building, and which is furnished with outdoor dining table, sofas and chairs. Steps lead down to the lawn area where guests can enjoy an al-fresco meal or an open campfire under the stars at night. Power and lighting are solar in keeping with the cottages’ environmentally-friendly ethos.
The cottages come complete with a full complement of staff including on-site manager, private chef, housekeeper and waiter. Day and night guards patrol the electric fence which surrounds the property. The staff are on hand to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible – from preparing meals and picnics to lighting the fires each evening to welcome guests home from a late game drive.
“Ol Pejeta far exceeded our expectations and The Safari Cottages were the perfect place from which to experience it. Settled deep in the conservancy, the cottages are spacious, with great verandas for dining, a stunning view, and pleasant conveniences (hot showers, electricity, luxury bath soaps etc) From the cottages, you look out onto the savannah, just across a rumbling river – we actually had elephants gather along the river one afternoon, and sat enjoying a glass of wine and watching them interact. On our game drives, we saw 4 of the big 5, along with a host of other diverse and unique animals. Really, the whole trip was very very pleasant, and I would encourage others to visit without question.”
During your stay at the safari cottages your days are completely your own, and you can spend as much or as little time as you like exploring the numerous attractions of the conservancy. Or you may prefer simply to sit back and relax on the veranda and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the surrounding bush.
The land around the cottages abounds with wildlife – elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah can all be found nearby, and animals will often come down to the river in front of the cottages to drink. An early morning drive, with a picnic breakfast prepared by the staff, may reward you with a black rhino or leopard encounter. Less dramatic, but very entertaining, are the baboons, guinea fowl and Egyptian geese that make their homes nearby.
There are various additional game viewing activities that can be arranged through Ol Pejeta’s tourism office. Options include night drives, bush walks, lion tracking, private visits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and to the Endangered Species Enclosure where the rare Northern White Rhinos are located. Please see the ‘Location’ section for further information on the conservancy.
- Beautifully situated in the heart of Kenya’s leading wildlife conservancy
- Two 2-bedroom family cottages and two romantic 1-bedroom cottages
- Comfort, seclusion, exclusivity and a wonderful bush experience
- Night drives, bush walks, lion tracking, chimpanzees, black & white rhinos
- ‘Self catering’ or full-board stays available
- Safari vehicles with drivers/guides available
- From Ksh 12,500 per adult guest per night ‘self catering’ or Ksh 17,500 ‘full board’
Accommodation and Facilities
- Staff include – on-site manager, private chef, housekeeper, waiter, groundsman, day & night askaris
- Each cottage consists of – Two double/twin bedrooms or one double/twin bedroom
- Ensuite bathrooms
- Open-plan living and dining room
- Large veranda
- Separate kitchen building
- Lawn area and grounds
- Property surrounded by electric fence
- Solar-powered electricity
- Plentiful hot water
- Reasonable cell phone signal
- No Wi Fi
Ol Pejeta Conservancy straddles the Equator on the Laikipia Plateau, nestling between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares Range. The conservancy consists of 90,000 acres of pure wilderness and offers a wonderfully uncrowded environment in which to enjoy top-quality game viewing, with a density of wildlife greater than in any of Kenya’s National Parks.
There are several different types of habitat and environment in Ol Pejeta – ranging from open grassland to dense and open bush and woodland, marshes, swamps and riverine land – and this diversity contributes to the wide variety and quantity of wildlife to be found there.
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was set up in 1993 by Dr Jane Goodall, the world renowned expert in this field, in an attempt to provide safe refuge for chimpanzees rescued from illegal captivity and the bush-meat trade. It now houses just under 40 chimpanzees and a visit to the sanctuary is an eye-opening experience where visitors can learn about the plight of these great apes in the wild and view them close-up.
The conservancy is East Africa’s largest black rhino conservancy, home to large numbers of elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard and wild dog and abounds in plains game and colourful birdlife. Within the conservancy there are also several rare northern species such as Grevy’s Zebra, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe.
The Endangered Species Boma is located in Ol Pejeta’s eastern sector and is home to the world’s last three remaining Northern White Rhinos – it also hosts a breeding project for the endangered Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeest. Visits to the boma and other optional safari activities such as night game drives, bush walks and lion tracking can be booked and paid for via the conservancy’s tourism office and website.
The gateway to Laikipia and Kenya’s northern territories, the busy market town of Nanyuki was founded in 1907 and still retains a distinctly old-fashioned charm. Nanyuki sits at 1,950 metres above sea level – making it one of the 15 highest towns in Africa – and the Equator runs across the main road just to the South of the town.
These days Nanyuki is home to the Kenyan Air Force and to the British Army in Kenya, and there are several good places to visit, shop and eat in the town – including the Lily Pond Arts Centre and the Nanyuki Sports Club. Just north of town is the new Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar and at Nanyuki Airport you will find the popular Barney’s restaurant. A little further afield are the Trout Tree Restaurant and Mount Kenya Safari Club.
How to get there
Driving distance from Nairobi to Nanyuki is 120 miles (195 kilometres) on the main A2 road via Thika and Karatina – the road is good and the journey should take 3-4 hours.
Ol Pejeta’s Main Gate and Rongai Gate both lie about 12 km from Nanyuki town – and the journey through the conservancy to the Safari Cottages takes around 1 hour
We will supply guests with detailed instructions and map showing how to reach the Safari Cottages.
A 4×4 vehicle is essential.
Nanyuki’s airport sits just to the south of town and there are daily scheduled flights to and from Nairobi on the following airlines –
- Air Kenya (from Wilson Airport) www.airkenya.com
- Safarilink (from Wilson Airport) www.flysafarilink.com
Flights from Nanyuki also connect with the Maasai Mara, Samburu National Park, Lewa Downs and other safari destinations in northern Kenya – please check with the airline for details.
For Charter Flights there is an airstrip at Ol Pejeta House inside the conservancy.
“A great alternative to staying in a lodge or camp – we were well looked after by Moses and his helpful team during our stay and really enjoyed the privacy and the space of the cottage. This was our first trip to Ol Pejeta and we were so impressed by the quantity and variety of the wildlife – the river valley by the cottages is lovely and undisturbed and you are sure to see elephants and giraffes from your veranda.”
“Fantastic Stay! Great cottage, exceptional service and excellent game drives.”
“We just spent the Labour Day weekend at the Safari Cottages. It’s a great place with fantastic service and we saw the all the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. Very recommended.”
Giovanni, Nairobi, May 2016
Resident Rates – per adult guest per night
- Ksh 12,500 – ‘self catering’ with chef and staff, ‘self-drive’
- Ksh 19,500 – ‘self catering’ with chef, staff, game drive vehicle and driver/guide
- Ksh 17,500 – full board – including all meals and soft drinks, ‘self-drive’
- Ksh 24,500 – fully inclusive – including all meals, local wines and spirits and soft drinks, game drive vehicle and driver/guide
Children under 12 pay 50%. Infants under 3 stay free
Minimum stay – 2 nights
Check-in time from 11.30am and check-out time by 10.30 am at the latest
All rentals include drinking water, soaps, linen and laundry services
Conservancy fees apply – payable directly in advance via the conservancy website or on arrival at the main gate by credit card
These rates are for residents – please contact us for non-resident rates and for further information
These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 31st December 2022
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