Travel Tips to Ol Pejeta
BOUND FOR KENYA
You will need a visa to enter Kenya. Visas can be obtained from the Kenyan Embassy in your country prior to flying and usual take five working days to process. Alternatively single entry visas can be purchased at immigration on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi. Visitors will need to show return tickets, a clean page on a passport valid at least three months beyond the date you intend leaving Kenya. Cost for visas to Kenya are as follows:
- Single Journey Visa (SJV) - $50
- Multiple Journey Visa (MJV) -$100
- Transit Visa (TV) - $20
- Referral Visa - $20
- Or the equivalent amount in Euros, GBP and SwissFrancs
For anyone on an extended trip, it’s useful to know that a Kenyan Visa also allows you to enter Uganda and Tanzania, and return back to Kenya, even if it of the single entry type. For more information, visit www.kenyahighcommission.net.
Many international airlines fly to Nairobi daily from major destinations. There are regular flights from Paris on Kenya Airways, from London on Kenya Airways & British Airways and from Amsterdam on KLM:
GETTING TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY BY AIR
One of the ways of reaching Ol Pejeta is by flying from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) with SafariLink or Air Kenya to Nanyuki Airstrip and proceed on by road 17 kilometres to the Rongai main gate. There are daily scheduled flights to the Nanyuki Airstip.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy has two airstrips that allow private or chartered planes to land and take off with guests. Below are some private charter companies you can contact in and around Nairobi:
- Boskovic Air Charters, Nairobi-based, firstname.lastname@example.org or +254 / 722 203 852
- East African Air Charters, Nairobi-based, email@example.com
- Tropic Air, the only charter company based in northern Kenya, +254 / 722 207 300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yellow Wings, Nairobi based, +254 / 20 606 313 or email@example.com
GETTING TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY BY ROAD
You can also get to Ol Pejeta by road. Only 215 kms and a 3 hours drive from Nairobi, head out through the Thika road. Pass through Thika, Makuyu and Karatina. Turn right before Nyeri Town. Pass through Kiganjo and Naro Moru. As you reach the Equator Sign about 1 kilometre from Nanyuki town take a left. Drive for about 17 kilometres to the Rongai gate main entrance to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
RAINY SEASON AT THE CONSERVANCY
Although there is some flexibility the rains in this part of Kenya normally falls in April and in November. During the rains the camps and lodges are closed:
- 1st of April to 1st of May
- 21st of October to the 1st of December
No immunizations are required by law to enter Kenya if you are travelling directly from Europe or the US. If you are travelling from a country where Yellow Fever is present you will need to prove you have had the inoculation.
Several vaccinations are highly recommended, they include:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
It is also recommended that you are up to date with your polio and tetanus vaccinations. Contact a travel clinic at least 3 months before you plan to travel.
Ol Pejeta is a low risk malaria zone due to its privileged location. Please consult your travel doctor when travelling to East Africa for vaccinations required. Visit www.traveldoctor.co.uk for more information.
It is essential to have medical insurance whilst visiting Kenya, and also recommended to take out Flying Doctor cover.
Ol Pejeta is situated at 4,500 to 6,500 feet (1,400-2,000 meters) above sea level. The days are usually hot and dry and the nights quite cool. Clothing should be light for the day and warm for the evening game drives and sundowners followed by the night game drive home. A windcheater or fleece is essential, as are good walking shoes.
All the camps and lodges on Ol Pejeta are powered by 220V generators. You will be able to charge your camera batteries without any problems. The electric sockets are the British 3-pins standards sockets.
In general people are extremely friendly in Kenya and you will be humbled by their hospitality. But, there is real poverty in Kenya and you will soon realise that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of that tour bus, just take some precautions.
If you would like more information about traveling to Kenya and to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org