About the Reserve
Ol Pejeta is the only wildlife conservancy in Kenya that is able to cover its operating costs from livestock, agriculture and tourism revenue. But their businesses don’t cover the cost of vital community outreach work, and wildlife security operations. It costs them around US$10,000 per year to keep one rhino safe – and they have over 120 rhinos. In 2016, with the help of supporters and partners, they were able to invest US$650,000 in community projects such as education, healthcare, and sustainable agriculture. Not only is this improving the lives of people in poverty, but in doing so it increases local support for conservation work. Your volunteer fees mean that they are able to give you the best, most unforgettable experience we can, without having to economise.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute. Over the last decade, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations. Many are confiscated from cramped and unnatural living conditions, and many arrive with horrific injuries sustained from abuse at the hands of humans. Here at Sweetwaters, they get a chance to start over. With 24-hour veterinary support and a stimulating quarantine enclosure, chimpanzees arriving at the Sanctuary are carefully nursed back to health. When they are ready, they are introduced into one of the two large groups at the Sanctuary, who live in vast natural enclosures separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. The chimpanzees have set feeding times, and return to their indoor enclosures at night – but other than that they spend their days exploring, climbing, socialising, and learning to be chimpanzees all over again.
True to its origins as a working cattle ranch, Ol Pejeta still maintains a herd of 6,000 beef cattle. Over the last 10 years, Ol Pejeta has proven that wildlife/livestock integration can not only work, but actually be beneficial to the grasslands. Bunched grazing of cattle breaks up the hard pan soil in times of drought, and fertilizes the ground. This allows a rejuvenation of grass in these areas, which attracts herbivores from all over the Conservancy. Ol Pejeta’s Ecological Monitoring Unit have set camera traps up in livestock-grazed areas,and recorded significantly more herbivores in these areas than others. What’s more, income from our beef business goes towards running our community and conservation projects, supplementing tourism income.
Join the anti-poaching team at Ol Pejeta and experience a real conservation effort.
14th March-28th March
24th June-18th July
What To Do Next
Enquire with Global Guardians Volunteering as to availability and your eligibility for the program and for us to answer any questions you may have. If eligible we will then send you the required paperwork to complete and secure your position on the program. From there we are here to help you each step of the way so you get the most out of your volunteering experience.
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All transport around the reserve for the duration of your stay.
Food and accommodation (cold drinks can be bought also)
All activities within the scope of the program
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Transport from Nairobi (a taxi can be organised or a hire).
Flights. This is a land only package but flights can be purchased through an agent and we can give you advice in this area.
You can apply for a visa on entry to Kenya and pay in US dollars or the equivalent in Kenyan Shillings but always check the latest updates before your departure at https://kenya.asn.au/ or you can apply online before you go as the process of obtaining visas upon arrival is being phased out. Visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Summer is December through March and winter June through September so pack accordingly as winter can get quite cold particularly in the highlands near mount Kenya which gets snow on its peak!
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