Elephant Pepper Camp is located in one of the greatest wilderness areas in the world – the Masai Mara in Kenya. Originally established as a mobile camp in 1985, it has now found a permanent home at the heart of the Mara North Conservancy. This authentic ‘fly’ camp retains the charm of the original mobile safari, whilst providing understated luxury in the heart of the African bush. Standing testament to our emphasis on conservation and sustainability, Elephant Pepper Camp will draw you back to nature; no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the Masai Mara and the African bush.
Elephant Pepper Camp is among the few in Kenya to have received the Gold Eco rating certification by Ecotourism Kenya for two consecutive years and it is our constant endeavour to maintain this standard. In 2011, Anjali and Jaisal and the Cheli family forged a partnership of conservation across continents by wedding our practices with their expertise and love of Africa. Unfenced and unobtrusive, the camp nestles in a thicket of Elephant Pepper trees surrounded by vistas of unending savannah. The setting allows the Mara’s wild inhabitants to roam freely around the area, adding immensely to the experience of being at one with nature at her very best. The camp falls within the annual wildebeest migration route when millions of these pre–historic looking creatures come across from the Serengeti in search of fresh grass, much to the delight of our resident predators. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. Extended game drives, which continue into the evening, make game viewing a complete and incredible experience.
Combined with colonial campaign furniture, a mix of dark wood with intricate brass fittings, the tents provide an elegant sensibility. Elephant Pepper Camp has a classic ‘Out of Africa‘ safari ambience. With its large, open canvas tents and colonial style campaign furniture, this traditional bush camp is situated right in the midst of the ‘action‘.
"Elephant Pepper Camp might be in the middle of Africa but you won’t be lacking any of life’s luxuries..."
Our 10 spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en suite bathrooms. We offer our guests the choice of double or twin occupancy. All tents can fit one extra bed, to accommodate children. The tents are set underneath a grove of fig and elephant pepper trees and discreetly spaced out to ensure privacy. From your personal veranda or hammock you can watch wildlife roam on the savannah plains beyond, like it has for millennia.
Our eight green canvas tents are redolent of a pioneering safari tradition, synonymous with Eastern Africa. Private verandas, hammocks and the seclusion of the African bush ensure your moments at camp are replete with relaxation and provide a quiet interlude while on safari. Every tent has its own bathroom and traditional safari showers and can fit an extra bed to accommodate children under the age of 16 years.
Elephant Pepper Camp’s two new Honeymoon / Family Tents are an ideal accommodation for couples who want extra space and privacy for themselves and their families. They have one spacious main bedroom, an en suite bathroom, a large veranda with comfortable seating, dining area and a private campfire space. This tent can comfortably fit two extra beds.
"Combines rustic simplicity with unquestionable luxury."
Using original Italian recipes passed down the generations from the Cheli family repertoire, Elephant Pepper Camp’s cuisine includes a mouth–watering combination of homemade pastas and traditional Italian dishes like Melanzane, Parmigiana and Osso Bucco, with fresh, organic salads. One of the joys of being on safari is to eat together and share the day’s adventures with fellow guests. Communal dining is normal practice at Elephant Pepper Camp though private dinners can also be arranged on request.
The bar offers a wide selection of wines, spirits and other beverages, be it an aperitif before lunch or a pre–prandial cocktail in the evening. Meals are served by our charming local staff, all trained in–house.
"The quintessential Kenyan safari experience. You’ll love the chance to discover the real Africa, unspoilt and fascinating."
"The authentic bush camping experience."
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Speak of the Masai Mara and the mind conjures up images of serene unending savannah, teeming with a diversity and abundance of wildlife that will leave you spellbound. The name itself is synonymous with an experience that is at once Africa in its wildest best. Magnificent big cats live alongside vast herds of antelope and mighty elephants dwell in this Eden. Hundreds of species of birds jostle and nest in the dramatic flora that dots the Mara's sea of grasslands. There are few places on the planet that are as rewarding and welcoming as this heavenly piece of East Africa. We invite you to come and share the experience with us in a land that does not grow old but only richer every time one returns.
While the diversity of wildlife in the Mara is astounding, the area around the camp itself offers a stunningly rich range of wild animals. Lion, elephant, buffalo even leopard may be observed on short game drives, minutes away from camp. Our highly experienced driver–guides are all KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) certified Silver or Bronze ranked professionals who have been trained meticulously. Most have been with us for several years and possess an incredible knowledge of the area. The camp has its own fleet of custom–built Land Cruiser Safari Vehicles, which may also be booked in advance for exclusive use.
Being in a private wilderness area, walking safaris are also on offer – led by very experienced guides – adding a special element to your experience.
Game walks with our expert guides followed by breakfast in the bush; savannah sundowners and al–fresco candlelit dinners under the vast, starlit African sky make for a complete and spellbinding safari experience.
Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – animal tracks, flowers and micro–ecosystems.
Our manager Patrick is an experienced walking guide, and together with Masai from the local area, they can take you on a delightful ramble from camp – a whole new perspective of the eco–system around you.
Take a Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.
Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.
“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand!
Cultural visits can also be organized and include visits to local Masai Manyattas. Known for their beautiful beadwork, spear in hand and bright red coloured “shukkas” (blankets worn as clothes); the Masai are our hosts, it is they that have kept this land pristine, living in harmony with their cattle and the incredible wildlife that the Mara is home to.
The great migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest coming north from the arid Serengeti plains looking for fresh grazing mill around the whole of the fertile Mara eco–system for as long as the grazing lasts, usually about 4 to 5 months. The Mara River crossings happen during the middle of the day, when the animals are thirsty, come to the river to drink and are pushed across by the crowds of animals behind them. We recommend staying out for the whole day with a picnic lunch; the Elephant Pepper Camp drivers know all the crossings, including the smaller private areas that you can enjoy a few hours by the river away from the crowds.