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Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary Day Tour


Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary Day Tour

Enjoy beautiful game drives at East Africa’s largest Black Rhino sanctuary. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy hosts a land area of 90,000 acres. We shall be keeping an eye for mammals such as Cape Buffalo, Grevy’s Zebra, Savannah Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Beisa Oryx, African Wild Dog, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Black Rhino, White Rhino, African Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. The sightly Ankole Cattle also call this place home, although they are more indigenous in Uganda.

The grassy plains of Ol Pejeta Conservancy are also a great habitat for various species of birds. Our safari guides are very experienced birders and will ensure you can enjoy identifying the birds here. Keep an eye in the sky for some eagles flying by. Key birds here include the Grey Crowned Crane, Secretarybird and White-bellied Bustard.

One of the key highlights at Ol Pejeta Conservancy is The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The sanctuary, established in the year 1993, provides refuge to chimpanzees rescued from the black market. This is the only place in Kenya where one can see these Great Apes. The sanctuary is open to visitors daily from 1000hrs to 1630hrs. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is providing a home to 35 chimpanzees at present, divided into two groups- the groups are separated by the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River. You may also choose to adopt a chimpanzee at the visitor centre, and help this program keep sustaining rescued chimpanzees.

Another top highlight of Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Northern White Rhinos Sanctuary- there are only two individuals left on Earth; and both are hosted at Ol Pejeta. Their names are Najin and Fatu who were moved to Kenya from the Czech Republic in the year 2009. Their sanctuary is open to visitors twice each day (0830hrs and 1600hrs); when you get to learn about the ongoing conservation efforts for this delicate species.

If time allows, you may also visit more sites; such as one of the hides in the conservancy to seek out hippos and other animals at close range. You may also visit the Ol Pejeta Equator line sign, where you can alight and take a selfie; and sometimes on clear days Mt. Kenya is visible behind you.

We shall leave Nairobi early and head straight to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Most groups choose to depart at 0500hrs to allow an easy day; but a later departure is also possible. We shall spend the bigger part of the day enjoying the game drives at Ol Pejeta, as we sample our best selections of habitats. In the later afternoon, we shall drive back to Nairobi.


Highlight mammals and others

Cape Buffalo, Grevy’s Zebra, Savannah Elephant, Chimpanzee, Beisa Oryx, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Black Rhino, White Rhino, African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah

Highlight birds

Grey Crowned Crane, White-bellied Bustard, African Fish Eagle, Superb Starling, Secretarybird

Habitats covered

Wetlands, Savannah

Photographic opportunities


Special moments

African Big 5, Mt. Kenya views, Aberdare Ranges views, Equator crossings




The Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary Day Tour can be extended to allow you spend one or more nights inside the conservancy. This allows you to do more game drives and find more animals.

You may also choose to add more parks and other attractions, to complement your visit to Ol Pejeta. These may include the following listed sites:-

  1. Aberdares National Park
  2. Mt. Kenya National Park
  3. Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
  4. Meru National Park
  5. Lake Nakuru National Park
  6. Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National Park

Please contact us if you would like an extension and our safari team will advise on the best combination for you to maximise your experience.