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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Don't miss on the opportunity to stay at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. What Alex Hunter and his associate James Stewart are doing with conservation is a wonderful story to tell. My wife and I just spent five nights at Ol Pejeta Bush camp that included one night of "fly tent" camping. Duma was our very informative driver/guide throughout our stay. We saw many, many rhinos, herds of elephant and buffalo and a variety of other game animals. Perhaps one of the many highlights was viewing up close a pride of 15 lion relaxed after a successful hunt. We have been on many, many Africa safaris and visiting Ol Pejeta Bush Camp might have been one of our best. After reading the Ol Pejeta Conservancy website, out expectations were very high upon arrival. Alex, James and the entire Bush Camp staff exceeded our expectations with fabulous service and delightful conversation, and "yes" the animals cooperated throughout our stay. One last comment. Alex Hunter, in another life, completed a culinary art degree in the USA. The camp food was fabulous!

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Room Tip: All the tent accommodations at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp look out at the Ewaso Nyiro River
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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James S, Manager at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

D & D,

Thank you so much for your review. It was great having you guys here and I hope you enjoyed your fly camping evening as much as I did!

It's fantastic to hear that your experience here rates as one of your best in Africa. That's the kind of feedback we want to hear! I hope your move back to the US went smoothly and we will both be in touch soon.

James

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, what an amazing experience! A small character filled camp nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river... surrounded by the bush, exactly what a bush camp should be! As a party of three (two adult females and a 12 year old boy) it is often difficult to get all tastes/age groups catered to, however we found Bush Camp suited us all! The food was excellent (the 12 year old even rated the broccoli salad), the staff were friendly and nothing was to much trouble, the guides were gregarious and informative (and more importantly managed to show us the majority of animals on our hit list)! The tents are all run on solar and are large and comfortable, with hot water, warm blankets, lots of drinking water and reading material! Each tent has its own verandah over looking the river, perfect for sundowners and contemplating life or contemplating nothing at all ...just soaking up nature and the serenity! The camp is hosted/owned by the very charming Alex Hunter who has managed to get the perfect blend of hosting/hospitality/wild life experience all in one in Ol Pejeta Bush camp! Highly recommended by we three!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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James S, Manager at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you all enjoyed the food and the new tents! I am sorry that I was away for most of your stay but Alex greatly enjoyed your company and sends his regards.

We both hope to see you back here very soon!

James and Alex

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

The safari was incredible, we saw every animal we could have wished for, and the guides were very informative and great company. The biggest surprise for me was the food, as a very picky eater I was shocked to find that everything I took a bite of was fantastic. The tents were incredibly comfortable and perfect for the venue. I had a great time and am very thankful to our hosts for making it the best it could be.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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James S, Manager at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Thank you kindly for your review, it was great having you guys here and we were very impressed with all the good work you were doing in Nairobi. I will pass on your compliments to our head chef James.

Alex and I really enjoyed having you here and our dinner time debates! We really hope you all come back to Kenya and to Bush Camp.

James and Alex

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This is exactly what it says it is: a camp in the bush that makes a visitor feel a thousand miles from anywhere. In reality, it's within easy reach of Nanyuki and Nairobi, but you'd never know it.
The "tents" are comfortable and well equipped - en suite bathrooms with hot water delivered to order. And yes, 22 litres is plenty to sluice off the dust and sweat of a day out on the plains. Comfortable beds, clean linen, drinking water in glass bottles with glasses for drinking (no plastic nb) and thoughtful touches such as flips-flops for inside and gum boots for muddy mornings. The tent walls roll up for through breezes and zip tight shut if the night is cold. Drinks around the camp fire in the early morning or evening; excellent food for breakfast, lunch and dinner; everything is made in the camp kitchen (including bread, cakes and biscuits) and it's self serve and generous.
Attention to detail means the chief guide and naturalist is a man who could spot a twitching ear in dense bush at 200m and know how to manouevre so that animals and their visitors are both happy. His thoughtful attitude is typical of all staff - a mum with a sleeping 4-year-old on her lap at the campfire is offered an extra blanket to wrap him - and all are professional, great at their jobs and happy to ensure safety, comfort and a good time.
As has been mentioned by others, there is a bit of a problem with an elderly buffalo and his pal who've worked out that being on the inside of the electric fence of the camp perimeter at night is the way to avoid predators. It does mean staff watch them like hawks and either drive you or walk you to your tent. So far efforts by rangers and staff to persuade the squatters to move on haven't worked. But it is their territory and you have to admire their smarts. Being woken up at 3 in the morning by munching, pooing and farting is one of life's more amazing experiences. By my second night i slept right through it.
The Conservancy is doing a remarkable job of preserving, guarding and enhancing the local wildlife as well as working with local communities. We didn't go out with demands and a list of must-sees and the relaxed explorations of the range proved thrilling and unexpected by turn. In three days we saw sights we never dreamed of - a buffalo birth, a cheetah teaching her cub to kill, a oride of 14 lion, a family of warthogs popping out of their burrow like uncorked champagne and every permutation of critter in between. Just seeing the mountain in al her glory at dawn was an inspiration as was a mother elephant strolling up to check us out as we waited quietly in the Land Cruiser.
Downside: our wonderful guide having to stop from time to time to retrieve litter discarded by other visitors (there is one lodge in the Conservancy whose guests are notorious for this, we learned).
Upside: unique camp, life enhancing experience and a reminder that life is richer for putting away the mobile, the internet and the luxuries now associated with holidays when the real luxury is all around.

Room Tip: All tents are strung out along the river bank and are private. No1 is closer to the dining tent and mess tent and the higher numbers are more secluded. Nevertheless, the kinds of people that come here are not all-night ravers, so peace and quiet is assured - although wildlife might have other ideas, but that's the whole point!
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I spent a few days here a couple of weeks ago, and had a great time. The camp, situated fairly deep into Ol Pejeta sits of a lovely series of bends in the river. Tents are well separated and spacious. I tried two different ones - the newer smarter one with indoor shower, and the older more resident focussed ones where you can bathe while staring at the sky/stars. Both lovely with nice blankets, kikoys, water in glass bottles (yay to a place not so in thrall to plastic).

This is not a camp that has chosen to adopt the frills and fripperies now prevalent in so many other places, and for that it is a standout. Fresh good food, friendly staff, simple but very functional tents are the hallmarks here along with expert knowledge from the boss - another rarity - an owner run camp. Dinners involve all guests eating together which made for plenty interesting conversations with some really nice people.

Saw good amounts of game, went on an ace walk, and watched elephants meandering on the other side of the river from camp. The buffalo do make it into camp daily which does mean being accompanied, but its the bush. Ol Pejeta itself is a well run conservancy with lots of animals and the staff have plenty knowledge of where to go and what to see. The chimp sanctuary is also worth a visit.

Can't wait to see the progression of the little house with the incredible views. This is a lovely laid back place to come on safari and cut yourself off from the world.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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