This morning, we depart from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an important not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya near Mt. Kenya. After checking into our luxury tented camp inside the park, we embark on an afternoon safari game drive, in search of; black rhinos, impala, lions and the elusive leopard. In the evening we visit the famous Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 90,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Baraka, a black rhino, has been transferred to the Morani complex. Baraka was the first rhino to be born in the wild on Ol Pejeta, and his name means blessings in Swahili. He is now completely blind due to a fight with another rhino which lost him an eye and then sadly he developed a crystallized cataract in the other which is beyond repair. His disability has meant that he could not be returned to the wild. Baraka is an Ambassador for his species, and his good nature allows visitors a hands-on experience to interact with him from a feeding platform. Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen. The Sanctuary opened in 1993 in an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993. Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the sanctuary to 42. The chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Approximate Distance: 100 miles (160 km) Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs
Breathe in the fresh morning air as you enjoy the African sun as it rises. Enjoy the morning game drive before returning to Nairobi where your safari ends.