chimpanzee ol pejeta

The Ol Pejeta conservancy is a not-for-profit organization in Central Kenya, situated near the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mt Kenya. The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife and provide a sanctuary for great apes. It generates income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. The conservation of the natural habitat, located in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, ensured the protection of existing rhino, elephant, and other wildlife populations in addition to rescued chimpanzees living in a 300-acre sanctuary.

Ol Pejeta conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa. Ol pejeta is also home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It’s the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock program. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders. This is to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

 All members of the Big five are found here among a large selection of other African animals. This makes it a popular safari destination.

Park rules/code of conduct

  • Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat.
  • Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable.
  • Don’t crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements.
  • Don’t feed the animals, it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence.
  • Keep quiet, noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors.
  • Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas.
  • Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25 mph).
  • Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat.
  • When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.
  • Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended or discard burning objects.
  • Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya, never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.
  • Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the Park between 6.00 p.m. – 6.00 a.m. unless they are camping overnight. Night game driving is not allowed.