Sweetwaters is a really lovely friendly camp offering some excellent game viewing and a variety of activities. It is 17km from Nanyuki and can easily be accessed on decent roads from Nairobi in around 4 hours. This makes it a perfect first stop on a private drive-in safari.
Despite being larger than many of the properties we tend to use, the lodge has a lovely feel and charm to it that makes it rightly popular with our clients. We use the Morani tents which span out to the right of the main lodge as you face the waterhole. The tents are incredibly spacious and comfortable with glass doors opening on to a private decked area with seating and a view of the waterhole. The waterhole itself has a ditch around it with a low electric fence for your security. Large bathrooms have tiled floors, flush loo and plentiful hot and cold water.
Meals are taken buffet style in the main restaurant and there is always a good choice. The restaurant and bar face the waterhole which is floodlit at night. When we stayed in 2016 a large family of elephant entertained throughout dinner. Rhino also frequent the waterhole -it was a privilege to see rhino in such numbers, an almost unique sight in modern Africa.
Sweetwaters 39 tents are arranged in two rows around the waterhole, linked by stone pathways. Each tent has a canvas interior but benefits from a stone floor and thatched roof over the top. 14 tents are raised up on platforms with private balconies. The others have a private verandah with seating area. Tents feature twin beds or a king sized double with mosquito net(s). Extra beds and cots can be added to some tents to accommodate families. Sweetwaters is an excellent choice for families.
Meals are taken at the Rhino Restaurant which is beautifully set in the former manager's house of what used to be a colonial estate, and offers a blend of both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire, perfect for winter evenings. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.
There is a swimming pool within the lodge grounds.
Sweetwaters is part of the Serena Hotel Group.
Located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy guests are able to enjoy a range of activities including night drives with a spotlight. You'll find all the Big Five here - Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. In addition you can see the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world here - sadly diminished to just three. There is also a chimpanzee sanctuary within the conservancy - the only one in East Africa and home to 43 chimps and an education centre.
We can also arrange for guests to spend time with the anti poaching dog squads, which we support via our Explorers against Extinction campaign. This is a real highlight for many, a real insight into modern day conservation.
Other optional activities include horse riding and lion monitoring - please ask for details.
Guided bird walks can be taken to learn aboth the incredible local ornothology.
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