Sweetwaters Conservancy / Chimpanzee & Rhino Refuge


The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located in Nayuki Town. The town is home to the Equator line that also passes via the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It sits between the Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges.


The annual climate in Ol Pejeta is around mild and fairly constant through out the year. The average temperatures during the day is between 20 to 28 degrees Celsius, while the evenings get colder. We highly recommend our guests to pack warm clothes while on game drives in the Nanyuki conservancy.

Conservation Efforts

The Ol Pejeta now owns a private reserve dedicated to the rescue and protection of animals. These animals make up the largest black rhinoceros  population in Kenya and East Africa at (111)* .And only the last two White Rhinos live here. 

Moreover, The Sweetwaters Conservancy is a chimpanzee sanctuary-the only place in Kenya where you can enjoy the antics of these vibrant and savvy creatures. Formed as a partnership between Conservatism, Kenya Wildlife Services, and the Jane Goodall Institute.

This sanctuary rescues orphaned and chimpanzees in Africa.


The Ol Pejeta is home to all the big Five’ wildlife and is one of most densely populated game reserves after the Masai Mara  in Kenya’s. The six pride sentiments here provide 72 great regional populations, so there’s a good chance you’ll see a lion on your game drive.

The conservancy is home to 30 cheetahs and 20 phantom-like leopards. This is one of the few parks where you can see packs of African wild dogs. A few years ago there was a mess here, so the population is growing. Ol Pejeta harbors other endangered species such as oryx, hartebeests, zebras, bats. Like most parks in Kenya, you will find various displays of giraffes, monkeys, baboons, hippos, gazelles, zebras, foxes, and hyenas. And the sanctity of birds is also a sight here.

Game Corridors

Ol Pejeta uses subtle innovations to allow animals to move around freely and protect the endangered rhinos. A special corridor allows wildlife inside and outside the park to step into knee-high pillars. With the exception of this rhino, no animal has any obstacles to wander. This prevents rhinos from roaming in areas where they can be killed for their horns


The conservancy offers 9 accommodations from river camping to the most luxurious lodges. Some of the tented camps are adjacent to watering holes to ensure plenty of days and nighttime game viewing.

Best time to visit:

Wildlife is easier to track during the dry months of June through September and December through February. However, the park is distinctly lusher during the wet season of October through May.

Things to do and see

Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary Home to about 40 rescued chimps, the sanctuary has 24-hour veterinary care to support and nurse the chimps back to good health. When they are ready, the chimps are brought into one of two large groups, living in large, natural enclosures. From an elevated observation post, keepers are happy to share with you each chimp’s story. Endangered Species Enclosure This large drive-through area is the protected home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos. Other endangered species, Grevy’s zebra and Jackon’s hartebeest are here as well. Night Game Drives. This is a special opportunity to experience the park and the biosphere when the sun goes down. You may spot some unique wildlife that only appears after dark like aardvark, fox, and leopard.

Recommended Tour Packages

We highly recommend the following safari packages that are ideal if you wish to visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Some of the Safari packages passing by the Game Ranch include:

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