OL PEJETA GETS 5 OUT OF 5 BY TRIPADVISOR
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, regularly described by this correspondent as one of the most complete safari experiences available in Kenya today – all of the big five are found on the sprawling estate – just received a perfect 5 out of 5 by TripAdvisor for the year 2012. Extending over 350 square kilometers and home to the largest population of the Eastern Black rhino in Eastern Africa, Ol Pejeta is also the refuge for the last breeding population of 4 Northern White rhinos. The conservancy is also an active cattle ranch, proving that wildlife including predators can coexist side by side with minimal losses to livestock, a model now studied intensely by ranching communities across Kenya in need of lessons how to live and let live.
Richard Vigne, the CEO of Ol Pejeta expressed his delight over the award and said: ‘Ol Pejeta strives to offer visitors memorable safari experiences and we are honoured that TripAdvisor chose to recognize our contribution to the Kenyan Tourism industry by giving us a Certificate of Excellence Award’.
Notably did all three safari camps located on the conservancy, the Porini Rhino Camp, the Kicheche Laikipia Camp and Serena Hotels’ Sweetwater Safari Camp also receive their own Certificates of Excellence 2012 from the TripAdvisor team, a resounding endorsement of the quality which exists on Kenya’s safari circuit, just 3 ½ hours drive from the capital Nairobi.
Ol Pejeta can be reached by air from Wilson Airport with daily scheduled flights by amongst others SafariLink to the Nanyuki airfield though two airstrips are found on the conservancy itself for direct charters with light aircraft. Visit www.olpejetaconservancy.org for more information on the work done there, in particular the successful experience of re-introducing cattle some years back which is now the backbone of financial sustainability, the chimpanzee sanctuary, research work and ecological monitoring programmes and their close ties with neighbouring communities.
Congratulations to Ol Pejeta’ management and staff and to Serena’s Sweetwaters, Kicheche’s Laikipia and Porini’s Rhino camps for this outstanding achievement.