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Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Sweetwaters Tented Camp

The word Safari is Arabic, meaning “to journey”, and was used by the Swahili in East Africa for the exploration and hunting trips undertaken by the first adventurers from Europe. They slept in canvas tents, and their supplies were carries by local bearers. The bush teemed with game, so fresh meat could be taken as needed. But disease-bearing mosquito and tsetse fly, to say nothing of predators, made going on safari something not to be undertaken by the fainthearted.

Today the intrepid safari traveler continues to shoot animals, just with a camera in place of a rifle. And for those fortunate enough to visit Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy on the Mount Kenya plains, the highest wildlife concentrations of all Kenya's national parks makes for astounding game-viewing. The camp is perched on the banks of a waterhole and is the perfect blending of canvas ambience and a luxury safari.

In what was once a colonial farm, Sweetwaters offers accommodation in 39 wonderfully luxurious en-suite tents, each with a veranda overlooking the waterhole. Of the 39 tents, twelve are double, and 27 are Twin.

The Rhino Restaurant offers both regional and international cuisine and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterhole. A full and continental breakfast service is also offered, and lunch is served buffet style with an excellent variety of cuisine options. The dinner menus feature a fresh salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheeses, and tea or coffee. The Kashoggi Bar & Lounge is the perfect place to cap a day of adventure, recounting tales around a blazing log fire.

The Sweetwaters region is home to Africa’s “Big Five” - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard - and is one of only four private game conservancies in Kenya. As part of the Kenyan conservancy program, the conservancy serves as the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of other rare and endangered species.

Activities at Sweetwaters Tented Camp include game drives (day and night), lion tracking, excursions to the chimpanzee sanctuary, the conservancy's education centre and local village, camel riding, ornithological walks, swimming, sunbathing, and spa treatments. There are many family-oriented services, including babysitting, children's menus, early dining times, family breakfasts at the river, board games, and nightly wildlife talks.

The camp is on the Laikipia plains, seventeen kilometers from Nanyuki and 217 kilometers from Nairobi. Road transfers from Nairobi take approximately 3-4 hours.

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