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Sweetwaters Serena Camp: where conservation meets compelling safari

For somewhere like the Mara, the highlight is the Great Migration. For Ol Pejeta, it’s the night safari…

By Dan Chahenza
Camp Manager at Sweetwaters Serena

We’re ideally based in the beautiful Ol Pejeta Conservancy which is known for the Big Five but it’s so much more than that. This private conservancy supports conservation projects aimed to improve the populations of resident endangered species such as chimpanzees and the last three remaining northern white rhino on the planet housed in a nearby 600-acre boma.   

If you’re going to splurge on one thing though, it has to be a night drive. In other parks, you may be restricted to a designated area but due to the conservation activities here, it’s safe enough to explore the conservancy’s entire 90,000 acres. You scour for game that behaves completely differently at night as well as nocturnal creatures like bat-eared frogs, owls, and predators including striped hyenas and leopards.  

Back at camp, we have 39 ‘standard wing tents,’ with grass-thatched roofs (mirroring the local architecture) that give you that traditional camping feel. The modern Morani Wing’s 17 tents offer more space and smarter furnishings. There’s a swimming pool to provide repose between  animal sightings and aside from the African massage (bumping over rough roads on a game drive), we offer professional ones in our therapy room.  

For us, conservation is a two-way relationship between nature and our communities. We source fruit and vegetables from the local farmers. The neighbouring Maasai and Samburu peoples perform their traditional dances at camp so visitors can immerse themselves in the native culture. As for sustainability, we have accomplished a Gold-Eco Rated Certification – the highest accreditation in Kenya (our camp is mostly solar powered). 

And the views? On a clear day, you can see Mount Kenya but let me tell you, today was a special day around the watering hole with visits from elephants, giraffes and black rhino. Yesterday, we had the privilege of seeing three lions right at the entrance (there’s an electric fence so it’s all safe). The guests who were with me skipped supper just to hear their deep, booming growls.


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Alfred & Dan Chahenza

Dan’s experience encompasses 12 years in diverse roles across multiple Serena properties in Kenya. This has made him invaluable to the team as well as guests who come across his infectious personality and wealth of knowledge. His true passion lies in promoting sustainable tourism while ensuring visitors receive no less than exceptional care and leave with lifelong memories of their African safari.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the safari rangers, local village chiefs and camp managers you'll be talking about for years to come. Start planning today, call us, email an enquiry or arrange a phone or video appointment for ideas and advice.

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