Sweetwaters Ol Pejeta
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000
acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foot hills of
the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount
Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding
variety of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzees
and the big 5 (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant,
buffalo and lion). The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views
across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an
unforgettable safari experience.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993.
Lonrho Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and the Jane
Goodall Institute (JGI) established a facility to receive and
provide sanctuary and housing to an original group of 3 chimps
orphaned at a young age by the bush-meat trade. With the
evacuation of the JGI facility in Bujumbura due to civil war
breaking out in Burundi, the chimps were brought to
Sweetwaters. In 1995, 9 older chimpanzees arrived, followed at
the beginning of 1996 by 10 younger chimpanzees.
The Sanctuary is partitioned into two parts, with the river
acting as a natural border between the two groups. The eastern
side of the sanctuary is 96 acres and home to the older group
while the western side is 151 acres and home to the younger
group. The sole objective of the sanctuary is to provide a
safe, secure and permanent refuge for theses chimpanzees in an
environment that is as natural as possible.