Black Rhino Sanctuary at Ol Pejeta Conservatory
On February 3, 2007, the single largest rhino translocation ever in East Africa was undertaken, resulting in 88 rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The translocation was a combined effort between Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
While here, guests may visit Baraka, the blind black rhino. Baraka (meaning “blessings” in Swahili) was one of the first rhinos born in the open fields of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy on November 20th, 1994. Black rhinos are very aggressive and fight each other to protect their territories. Baraka was involved in a fight that caused an injury to one eye. This eye later developed an abscess that ruptured and had to be removed. Later, Baraka developed a crystallized cataract in his other eye, which, even after numerous attempts at finding a cure, eventually led him to become completely blind. Today Baraka is a black rhino ambassador, providing guests with an opportunity to learn about and photograph rhinos up close.
There is an additional $30 USD charge to view the Northern Africa white rhinos housed at the Conservancy. If you’d like to add this activity to your Treasures of Kenya or Splendors of Kenya tour, please contact us at [email protected]
Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters Game Reserve
The chimpanzees’ natural home range spans from Senegal on the West African coast, through the central forested belt of Africa, to Uganda. Chimpanzees are not native to Kenya, but when a rescue center in Burundi had to be closed due to the civil war outbreak in 1993, Ol Pejeta opened its doors and welcomed these amazing animals to Kenya.
Set in the Sweetwaters Game Reserve is a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary. This sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Jane Goodall Institute. Their aim is to provide a lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa, where chimps can be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Visit the sanctuary and spend some time witnessing their interactions with each other. Don’t forget your camera…they love watching humans.
There is an additional $20 USD charge to visit the Sweetwaters Game Reserve. If you’d like to add this activity to your Treasures of Kenya or Splendors of Kenya tour,please contact us at [email protected]