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Wildly private escape to Ol Pejeta

Saturday October 7 2017

We were heading for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy,

We were heading for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where we had booked a night at the Safari Cottages that, in the words of their brochure, promised “a wildly private escape”. PHOTO| JOHN FOX 

I needed a break. I needed to get away from Nairobi, even if for a little while. I got the break — a very good one.

At dawn last Saturday we drove off, threaded the streets of the city, took to the Thika Highway and made north for Nanyuki.

We were heading for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where we had booked a night at the Safari Cottages that, in the words of their brochure, promised “a wildly private escape”.

It was a family trip, so our escape wasn’t wildly in the partying sense of the term. But it was certainly private — and at a place that is well in tune with the wild.

The cottages are set in a riverine woodland in the less frequented southern part of the conservancy.

We have been to Ol Pejata a number of times over the last 20 or so years. We have taken guests to the popular Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp, where they would be guaranteed to see plenty of interesting animals: elephants, rhinos and buffalos, for sure – and, with luck, lions, cheetahs or a solitary leopard. Also in this eastern section of Ol Pejeta there is the En