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Elephant Pepper Camp

Masai Mara Conservation Area, Kenya

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Traditional style tented camp in a good location for game, walking & nightdrives

Guide Price: From: $630 To: $900

Elephant Pepper is of fairly traditional style, located in a grove of tall diospyrus and warburgia trees. The latter is the tree (common all over the Mara) from which this camp gets its initially puzzling name, it bears a plum like fruit, which appeal to elephant and baboon, so during fruiting season, elephant are regular visitors in the area.

The nine tents at Elephant Pepper are lined up, fairly close together, very much in amongst the trees, but each tent has a clear view onto the adjacent plains and is large and spacious with en-suite bathrooms.

Loos are flush ones and showers are from a bucket, but operated conventionally inside. The honeymoon tent is palatial and Ottoman in style - two tone canvas with arched openings giving a sweeping panoramic view of the surrounding plains and distant hills.

At the right time of year, you can look out from camp across the plains and see the annual wildebeest migration thunder past to seek new grazing in the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara.  However the game viewing here is marvellous all year round.

Elephant Pepper is located in the Koiyaki group ranch, one of the Mara Conservation Areas, so this is somewhere you can expect less traffic than you might see in the Mara National Reserve.

Generally the game is less concentrated but it is still good, although apparently more shy of vehicles. This wasn't our experience of the group of four lion we met a few 100 yards from camp, who appeared unable to summon up the energy to so much as look at us, much less run away. Walking and night game driving are both possible while at Elephant Pepper, as well as hot air ballooning.

Accommodation:

9 tents

Guide Price:

From: 630 To: 900

Experience:

Traditional style tented camp in a good location for game, walking & nightdrives

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Incl. FB, soft drinks, beer, house wine & spirits, laundry, game & night drives, bush walks, airstrip transfer, cultural visits, bush meals. Excl. Balloon trips, champagne & premium spirits.

Pool:
No
Electricity:
Solar in rooms. Charging available in central area.
Laundry:
Yes
Rooms:
4 doubles, 4 twins and 1 honeymoon/family suite
Bathroom:
En-suite with flush toilets and safari-style shower.
Open/Closed
April, May, November - 10th December

About Masai Mara Conservation Area and Kenya

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Some of the best leopard country - rocky gorges and fig trees
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Masai Mara Conservation Area

The Mara Conservation Area surrounds the main Masai Mara Reserve. This land is owned by a series of different Maasai communities (although mmuch of it falls under conservation partnership ageements with the private camp-owners), and differs from the main reserve in a couple of important ways. First, the Maasai to whom this is home are allowed to use this area to graze their cattle.  Second, because it lies outside the main reserve, walking is allowed in this area. While many of the camps located here - the likes of Kicheche Mara Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Richards Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp are within relatively easy reach of the main reserve, we would council against using this area simply as a dormitory for visiting the main park. Like Loliondo in northern Tanzania the Conservation Area really offers another side of the Mara ecosystem. It's probably worth recognising that the game viewing may not be quite on the scale of the main park - and that for the major river crossings you'll need to make the journey. However, in our experience, game viewing here rarely disappoints and the added dimension of the Maasai involvement makes this an excellent place to spend a few days. Read more?

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Kenya

Kenya is the most established safari country, and consequently you have to step a little off the conventional route to find real wilderness, but it’s certainly there.  Kenya also has much going for it as a family destination, and also a good number of very individual safari camps and lodges with a personal approach that makes your experience very special.  Kenya also has a particularly diverse ecology which ranges from snowy mountains to true desert, rolling grassy plains filled with wildlife to craggy scrub intersected with dry riverbeds, sparkling beaches and volcanic ranges. Read more?

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