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Ol Pejeta House - Laikipia, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Laikipia, Kenya

Once the exclusive ranch house of multi-millionaire Adnan Kashoggi, this magnificently presented Ol Pejeta House stands at the centre of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Set in extensive grounds, with glorious views of Mount Kenya, this opulent mansion features a series of reception rooms, including an elegant drawing room with baronial fireplace and a series of scenic verandas, which extend right around the house. The imposing dining room is served by its own dedicated chef and kitchens, and menus can be tailored exactly to suit our guests' wishes. Accommodation includes a private guest cottage, two master suites and two guest bedrooms while the grounds include two private swimming pools and a barbeque and external dining area.

A short drive from the luxury Sweetwaters Tented Camp, the house enjoys all the exclusivity of its private location while being close enough to the camp to have access to all its many facilities.

Kenya safari hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of traditional safari lodges or tented camps, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camps options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Facilities
• Day and night game drives daily
• 4 exclusive guest rooms with guest cottage
• Two swimming pools and extensive grounds
• Private restaurant with dedicated chef
• Elegant reception rooms and bars
• Extensive grounds
• Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
• Global connectivity
• Satellite TV
• Camel treks, guided nature walks, bird spotting
• Cultural dance and music

Getting there
The house stands at the centre of the 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains 17 kilometres from Nakuru and 217 kilometres from Nairobi.
By road: transfers by road from Nairobi take approximately 2-3 hours.
By air: the house has its own airstrip.

Rooms and suites
Ol Pejeta House offers two magnificent master suites, ‘his' and ‘hers' both with king-sized beds, opulent furnishings, private verandas, private bathrooms and private dressing rooms. Additionally, the house offers two luxurious ‘guest' rooms, each with private veranda and private bathroom.

All rooms have a dedicated room steward, 24-hour room service, full laundry and valet service and provision of luxury toiletries, robes and slippers. The house also has its own private guest cottage: Buffalo Cottage, which stands in the grounds. Charmingly presented with its own private entrance and garden, the cottage offers two deluxe bedrooms (each ensuite) and a central drawing room with fireplace.

Guests at the house and cottage dine in the Ol Pejeta private dining room and enjoy the services of a dedicated chef. They also have exclusive use of the grounds and two private swimming pools. Just a short drive from the luxury Sweetwaters Tented Camp, guests at Ol Pejeta House (and Buffalo Cottage) are invited to make use of all the facilities offered there.

Dining at Ol Pejeta House
Ol Pejeta House has its own elegant dining room and private kitchen. Breakfast and lunch are served on the broad exterior terrace overlooking the grounds, while dinner is served in the dedicated dining room.

Bush dining
We are expert in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. We have a number of dedicated sites (by the hippo pools of the river, adjacent to the Elephant Swamp or on the savannah plains), which are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, ‘bush bar' and a ‘bush kitchen', where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from our hotel kitchens). In the evenings, ‘sun-downer' cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit ‘bush dinner'.

Weddings and honeymoons
Ol Pejeta House offers a unique wedding and honeymoon venue. With its own exclusive grounds and two private pools, it offers magnificent photo opportunities while a service can be held in the magnificent drawing room, on the scenic verandas or in the gardens. Meanwhile, the magnificent drawing room and private dining room lend themselves ideally to the presentation of an elegant wedding reception.

The house can be taken in its entirety, thus offered two delightfully opulent suites, two guest rooms and a private cottage. Additional guests can be accommodated at the nearby Sweetwaters Tented Camp, which offers 39 double tents.

Wedding options include:
• Traditional Samburu or Maasai wedding with local chief, dancers and choir.
• Bush, garden, poolside or riverside wedding ceremony.
• Wedding marquee.
• Individually themed champagne reception - at the house or in the bush.
• Tailor-made wedding cake.
• BBQ reception around the pool.
• Private candle-lit honeymoon dinner for two: in the house or in the bush.
• Luxurious honeymoon suite supplied with wine and tropical fruit.
• Cultural dance performance for you and your guests.
• Photography and videoing of your special day.
• Special accommodation packages for the entire wedding party.
• Samburu or Maasai guard of honour.

Maisha mind body and spirit spa
At Sweetwaters you can enjoy:
• A range of holistic massage experiences.
• Manicure and pedicure.
• An exclusive range of ‘Elemis' facial and body treatments.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, the 110,000-acre private wilderness of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of wildlife, including all the members of the ‘Big Five' (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).

Offering one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya and a higher wildlife to acre ratio than any Kenyan national park, the conservancy offers sanctuary to a number of endangered species, most notably the rare Grevy's zebra and the Jackson's hartebeest. The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the conservancy also hosts the only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Kenya.

Within easy reach of Nairobi
Just three hour's drive from Nairobi, the conservancy is open from 7am to 7pm and is accessed via its main gate, which is 14 kilometres from Nanyuki (signed just before the outskirts of town).

Entry fees
A non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of wilderness and wildlife, the conservancy charges fees for entry, the proceeds of which go towards the support of both the conservancy and the human community that surrounds it. Typically, these fees will be included within the rates charged to those staying overnight in one of the conservancy's accommodation options. Alternatively, and in the case of day visitors, the fees are as follows;
Located on an exclusive game conservancy, which also hosts its own chimpanzee sanctuary, cultural village and educational centre, Ol Pejeta House offers a wide range of experiences. Offering a greater game to area ratio than any Kenyan national parks, the conservancy also offers prime game viewing by both day and night.

Amongst the many things to do and see, guests are invited to:
• Take a game drive (6.30 am, 9 am or 4 pm), all in our custom-built open-sided six-person safari vehicles (professional guides, refreshments on-board, radio-links for fast location of game)
• Go lion tracking on the conservancy
• Enjoy the unique experience of a night game drive
• Have ‘sun-downers' on the plains
• Enjoy a unique ‘Bush Dinner' at Elephant Swamp
• Enjoy a unique ‘Bush Breakfast' at the hippo hide
• Visit the chimpanzee sanctuary
• Visit the conservancy's educational centre
• Take a guided nature walk around the camp or within the conservancy
• Visit the Ereri Cultural Village, home to Maasai, Samburu and Pokot people
• Take a camel ride around the camp or in the conservancy
• Learn more about the conservancy's unique birdlife - professional ornithological tours for amateurs or professionals
• Do some swimming or sun-bathing
• Sample our Serena ‘Maisha Mind, Body and Spirit Spa' services; a massage, facial, manicure or more...

 

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