Friday, April 12, 2013

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

About 4 hours from Nairobi, after a tea-coffee-rest-room break, a short dirt track off the highway led us to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

We were welcomed by smiling guards and chirping Weaver Birds that had built nests around the Solar panels. Our first bird sighting!

It was an opportunity to stretch while James sorted out the payments and receipts. Wow, what are we in for? The gates are the only areas inside the park where we can get off the vehicle. Do the famed Kenyan plains look like this? Someone should have told me, wait till you get to the Mara!

A brightly striped Zebra welcome committee greeted us barely a couple of hundred metres from the gate, including one Zebra with a strangely shaped, humped back. Our first animal sighting!

Sweetwaters Tented Camp turned out to be a wonderful, calm experience. I had requested for Tents #1 to #7, based on traveller feedback. We were allotted Tent #3. Right opposite us was the 'in-house' watering hole, where you can gaze at a constant flow of deer, antelopes, zebras and birds all day, and night.

The zebras appear extremely peaceful at night, as well. The tripod we had packed in our strolley came in handy for long, night exposures. The zebras stand still long enough. Junior's enthusiasm was infectious, it was unbridled joy for both of us.

Being 'off season', the occupancy was perhaps between 5 to 10 tents. A handful of tables would be occupied during lunch and dinner, while we used to be the only ones at breakfast at 6:30 AM, before our early morning game drives. Early to bed and early to rise.  No time to lose. Wake up early, watch sunrise over the watering hole across the electric fence and over Mount Kenya in the distance. Ah, what a life!

During game drives, it was just the two of us in the van, along with our teacher James. Not just that, we felt like we had the entire Conservancy to ourselves. A very, very private Safari!

Enough said. Please click on the link below for a glimpse of the Ol Pejeta area.

In summary, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp turned out to be a wonderful introduction to the Kenyan safari world.

Please click here for Glimpses of Ol Pejeta Conservancy........

Here is a pleasant evening scene at the Lodge, inside the electric fence.

Here's a Video summary of the Ol Pejeta leg of our safari: 
2013-04 - ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya Slideshow 

Please click on the links below to follow us around our Kenya experience:

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1 comment:

  1. Did you know that the male weaver birds build the nests and then sing out loud to attract female weaver birds? I tend to think the many the nests the sweeter the male voice is


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