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Serena Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters
is located in the Laikipia South
area of north-central Kenya
Ol Pejeta is a 400 square kilometre fenced wildlife conservancy which forms part of a critical buffer zone between the heavily populated arable farmland of central regions and the wilder ranges to the north.
Situated on the more busy western side of the conservancy, Serena Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters is a large commercial lodge, a main hub for budget overland safaris through the region.
The lodge has with traditional bungalow-style public areas, a swimming pool, spa and twenty guest tents ranged around a floodlit waterhole. It is a really well-run place, with friendly staff and often with particularly good food, we have feasted on their selection of afternoon cakes on more than one occasion.
Activities include vehicle safari inside the conservancy, plus visits to the chimpanzee and rhino sanctuaries.
The main potential downsides are that Ol Pejeta is a fully fenced reserve, with human habitation and the town of Nanyuki in close proximity. The reserve is rather tame and over-managed and suffers from high visitor traffic, although it is more quiet on the western side. The chimpanzee sanctuary here is particularly poor. The lodge itself large and old-fashioned.