Sweetwaters Tented Camp
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. One of only four private game reserves in Kenya, Sweetwaters excels in the provision of privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as night game drives, guided bush walks and both horse or camel riding across its game-teaming plains.
Built in the 1970’s, the Camp’s main building was originally the residence of the ranch manager of this private reserve. Both the Sweetwaters Game Reserve and the sumptuous Ol Pejeta Ranch were once the private domain of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi.
The reserve comprises extensive savannah grasslands and the riverine forests that border the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Accommodation is provided in 39 luxuriously appointed tents (13 doubles, 26 twins). Each tent has a thatched roof, an ensuite bathroom and its own verandah with views over the waterhole. Full room service is provided.
Guest Services and Amenities Transportation to/from Lodge: distance from Nairobi 217 kms, transport by road, Nanyuki Airstrip.
Check in facilities: express check-in and check-out facilities, warm towel and welcome drink.
Guest room facilities: power outlet for hair dryer, shaver, sockets
Guest room services: laundry and valet services.
Special features: gift shop, sundowners, bush breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Activities health/sport: Swimming pool, Game Drives, Nature Walks, Horse Riding, Camel Trekking
Dining and Bar activities: 1 Dining Tent - Rhino Restaurant, Bar - Waterhole Bar, Bar & Lounge - Kashoggi Bar & Lounge
Business services: secretarial services, internet services available.
Places of interest: Mt Kenya, Waterhole and Saltlick.
The camp prides itself on the quality of its cuisine offering a 5-course "table d’hôte" dining experience every night, and a selection of African, Asian, and international dishes. The "Rhino Restaurant" is accommodated amidst the quaint charm of the main house, which was once the home of the Ranch Manager. Here open windows look out over stunning views and the traditional décor features soft sofas, traditional prints and splendid stone-built fireplaces.
Al fresco dining
The camp also offers a memorable selection of safari luncheons, bush dinners, campfire suppers and "sundowners" safari cocktails.
Raised on timbered poles this enchanted evening hideaway offers an uninterrupted view of the waterhole and its many wilderness visitors.
Kashoggi Bar and Lounge
With its blazing log fire, soft lights and enveloping ambiance, this is the ideal venue in which to enjoy a light aperitif or a relaxing nightcap.
Ol Pejeta House at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary
Abounding with wildlife, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. One of the only four private game reserves in Kenya, Sweetwaters excels in the provision of privileged seclusion and private game viewing. One of Mt Kenya region’s best kept secret, originally the home of Lord Tom Delamere, Ol Pejeta House is a beautiful private house set within the pristine calm of the Sweetwaters Sanctuary. If one of your ambitions is to retreat back to history, to the bygone traditions of Kenya’s farmhouse hospitality, then the Ol Pejeta House is the place to stay.
2 superior guest rooms with queen size beds, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and large balcony with excellent view of the game teeming plains
2 standard guest rooms with double bed, ensuite with bathroom and terrace
Buffalo Cottage with 2 Deluxe Rooms and a Fireplace
Environmental Activities of Sweetwater Tented Camp
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Established in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute for Conservation Projects for Chimpanzees Throughout the World, the 1 km sq sanctuary is a non-profit-making venture and the only sanctuary of its kind in Kenya. A gentle and charming diversion for children and adults alike, it offers visitors the unique opportunity of taking a boat ride on the Ewaso Nyiro River, which flows through the centre of the sanctuary where 26 orphaned chimps enjoy the peace and harmony of their natural environment.
Includes: "The Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) plus an exciting catalogue of; giraffe, zebra, eland, oryx, waterbuck, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, cheetah, silver-backed jackal, hartebeest and baboon. The reserve also boasts several hundred bird species.
Resident wildlife star
The camp also hosts a tame black rhino called "Morani", rescued from the wild.
The reserve has the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Telephone (254 62) 31970
Fax (254 62) 31965
Address P.O. Box 48690
Serena Sales Centre (Nairobi)
Telephone (254 20) 2710511
Fax (254 20) 2718100
(254 20) 2718102
(254 20) 2718103
Address Serena Hotels
Williamson House, 4th Floor
4th Ngong' Avenue
P.O. Box 48690 - 00100
Johannesburg Reservations Office
Telephone (27 11) 465 0808
083 637 4447 (cell phone)
Fax (27 11) 465 0838
Address Fourways Office Park
Richmond House Building No 7
Roos Street, Fourways
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