01 December 2014 Written by 

What you need to know before booking your stay at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

A sheltered oasis, Sweetwaters Tented Camp rests at the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy below the plains of Mt Kenya. Ol Pejeta is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary and shelters large numbers of other rare and endangered species. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and in addition, its host to all the members of the Big Five. The conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya.

Abounding with wildlife and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury, Sweetwaters Tented Camp has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. The camp has an old British big game feel. The lodge, restaurant and staff bring out the best of the legendary Kenyan hospitality and make you like royalty.

Built in the 1970’s, the camp’s main building was originally the residence of the ranch manager. Tents, all thatched using traditional methods, have private verandas or balconies overlooking a central watering hole, where many animals are seen coming to drink water and bask along the banks during the day and night.

The central Rhino Restaurant and Kashoggi Bar and Lounge are housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm. The latter centres on a blazing log fire and the restaurant offers mouth-watering regional and international cuisines, with most meat and dairy products locally sourced. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife watching.

Accommodation is provided in 39 luxuriously appointed en suite tents each with a veranda with views of the watering hole and a backdrop of Mt. Kenya. For today’s discerning traveller, the new Morani Wing offers 11 spacious, artistically designed tents with provision of internet connectivity, coffee/tea making facilities, shaving mirrors and hairdryers in each tent.

Highlights of your stay will include:

  • Day and Night Game drives
  • Central waterhole that attracts a wide variety of game
  • Splendid views of Mount Kenya
  • Host to all the Big Five
  • Tracking radio-collared lions
  • Largest Black rhino sanctuary in East Africa
  • Higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan park
  • Visits to the Morani Information Centre
  • Nature walks and bird watching in the company of our resident naturalists
  • Camel rides
  • Chimpanzee sanctuary


Esther Gacheru

Esther Gacheru is an aspiring Business Analyst in Nairobi who is currently nurturing an agribusiness project. Her most indulged passions include listening to music, giving back to the society, travelling and writing about her travels.
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