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Pelican House is very popular and after this article no doubt more so – book very
early to avoid disappointment. Rates start from Kshs. 3,500/- per person per
night, chef hire Kshs. 3,500/- per night or a fully-catered option of Kshs. 5,000/-
per person per night. Conservation activities as described above start from US$
40 per adult (children pay 50%). Entry/conservation fees for EA Citizens Kshs.
1,100/- per day, EA Residents Kshs. 2,200/- per day and non-residents US$ 85
per day (children pay 50%). There is also a vehicle entry fee.
Ol Pejeta operates on a cashless basis, visit their website to book entry tickets.
Credit cards and M-pesa accepted.
Some new interesting activities have been introduced on Ol Pejeta the first
geared to students on holiday. 9-days of full-on, hands-on activities on Ol Pejeta
to include full board and accommodation. This was sold out over the recent
summer holidays, the next planned for half-term 8-16 October. More to follow I’m
sure – cost US$ 1,100 (approx. Kshs. 115,000/-) per person.
Ian Aitken’s exclusive photographic tours on Ol Pejeta, are all of 8-days with an
incredible itinerary, to include photographic workshops, which starts and ends in
Nairobi. Six departure dates are planned for 2019. US$ 2,800 per person. Finally
for those with time and the spirit of adventure there is a volunteer programme
working with wildlife and communities – two departure dates in 2019, 15-days
US$ 1,557. Which seems like excellent value.
For more information click HERE to visit their website. For Pelican House
bookings contact Sarah Vigne +254 (0) 712 648345.
The Flip Side
One of the aforementioned university
students from the previous article, Sophie-
Anne Ross tells of her impressions of her
first trip to Africa, Kenya, Ol Pejeta and
Pelican House. Her words, her images.
Until September this year I had never visited Kenya before. In fact, I hadn’t even stepped
foot in Africa. My perception of the second largest continent on earth had been constructed
only by television and stories. When my childhood friend invited me to Kenya I knew this
would be the holiday of a lifetime. However, I couldn’t have begun to imagine how the
experience would transform my perception of the world we live in and the animals we
share it with.
I began my journey in Glasgow and after a short stop-over in London I arrived in Nairobi,
It was late in the evening but the warm Kenyan air greeted me as I departed the cabin
I had been travelling in for the past eight hours. There was an aura of excitement and
anticipation as I embraced my friends in the airport car park. Despite the exhaustion we
were experiencing from the long journey, I struggled to sleep that night. Tomorrow we
would travel to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a safari and I had no idea what to expect.
We had been in the car for around three hours when we arrived at the entrance to Ol
Pejeta. Beyond lay a vast landscape, the likes of which I had never witnessed before.
We stood with our heads through the car’s sunroof, feeling the warm breeze as we sped
over the dirt tracks towards Pelican House, our home for the next two nights. The car
slowed to a stop. I could see my friends in the vehicle behind looking into the bush with
bewilderment. This wasn’t a television screen, this was a real giraffe. I was actually here,
in Kenya, standing metres from the tallest animal on earth. It was the most amazing
experience to see a giraffe in the wild, where it belongs.
We pulled up to Pelican House, a beautifully refurbished home with a thatched roof and
wrap around porch, I hadn’t anticipated such luxury. We explored the three bedrooms
and settled on who was sleeping where. After a quick afternoon coffee, it was time to
go tracking lions. I had never seen a lion before so this was an exciting prospect. That
afternoon we explored miles of the park with a tracking device but were unsuccessful
in our quest to find a lion. It was hard to be disappointed, since we had stumbled upon
elephants (400+ in the conservancy), rhinos, zebras, impalas and giraffes to name a few.
Surprisingly, Ol Pejeta is
also a working cattle ranch.
Ankole-Watusi cattle (left)
are among the breeds
Image courtesy Sophie-Anne Ross
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