Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of a private wildlife conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is great.
Abounding with wildlife and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (the only place in Kenya to see these highly endangered animals), night game drives, guided bush walks and camel-trekking across game-teaming plains.
Accommodation is provided in 39 luxuriously appointed tents. Each tent has a thatched roof, an en-suite bathroom and its own veranda with views over the waterhole. Full room service is provided.
The camp prides itself on the quality of its cuisine offering a 5-course dining experience every night, and a selection of African, Asian, and international dishes. The camp also offers a memorable selection of safari luncheons, bush dinners, campfire suppers and “sundowners” safari cocktails.
The camp enjoys spectacular views over the alternately lush and golden plains towards the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Because Sweetwaters Camp has its own private waterhole and salt lick, you can enjoy unprecedented close encounters with the wildlife in the sanctuary of their natural habitat.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the closest place from Nairobi to see “The Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). It is also the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa, boasting a population of 78 black rhino. Its other wildlife includes white rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, oryx, waterbuck, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, cheetah, silver-backed jackal, hartebeest and baboon. The conservancy also boasts several hundred bird species. Ol Pejeta Conservancy has the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya.
You are also offered a unique opportunity to spend a morning with Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s predator research team. You can join a dedicated team that has hands on experience with a tracking device to get close up to these amazing creatures.
Because it is a private reserve, night game drives are an excellent way to seek out the elusive nocturnal wildlife or behold the thrilling world of predators stalking their prey.
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Established in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute for Conservation Projects for Chimpanzees Throughout the World, the 1 km sq sanctuary is a non-profit-making venture and the only sanctuary of its kind in Kenya. A gentle and charming diversion for children and adults alike, it offers you the unique opportunity of taking a boat ride on the Ewaso Nyiro River, which flows through the center of the sanctuary where 26 orphaned chimps enjoy the peace and harmony of their natural environment.
The Camp promotes environmental conservation through remittance of bed night fees, lease fees and conservancy fees to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, who collect funding necessary for wildlife conservation and enhance community development through providing financial assistance to projects on education, health, water, roads, agriculture, livestock Extension and Community-Based Tourism.
The camp has a tree planting program aimed at rehabilitating its environs and nearby schools including Mugumo-ini and Njogu-ini primary school. The facility donates seedlings from its tree nursery to the local community and tree planting activities are conducted together with the local community and guests. The facility through its resident naturalist organizes and offers environmental sensitization lectures every evening on Ol Pejeta Conservancy and its efforts in conservation.
The tented camp architectural design blends with the natural surroundings. The roofing is made out of makuti thatch. Sweetwaters Serena camp promotes conservation within Ol pejeta through awareness creation on the unique attributes of the conservancy such as the Northern white rhinos sanctuary (the 4 of the only 8 northern white rhinos left in the world) and the Chimpanzee sanctuary.
Stretching over a huge area from the foothills of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya’s lesser known wildlife areas.
This is the best place in Kenya to see wild dog. Many northern species are found including reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the antelope that wants to be a giraffe: the gerenuk. There are abundant elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah populations.
The plateau is divided into vast conservancies for the protection of wildlife: Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, Borana Ranch, Il N’gwesi Group Ranch, the Lekurruki Group Ranch, Sabuk Wilderness, Loisaba Wilderness and Sosian Ranch.
Lewa is a leader in research and education and as a guest you can learn about the ongoing projects, and Loisaba created the ‘star bed’ which is a remarkable experience.
All of the conservancies are off the beaten track and offer the quintessential wilderness experience.