Sweetwaters Reserve - Awesome Holidays Safaris

Sweetwaters Reserve

Sweetwaters ReservePossible sight of wild dogs at Ol Pejeta

AREA:360 sq kms (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)


Sweetwaters Reserve

Sweetwaters Game Reserve is a 24,000 acre private ranch with magnificent views across the plains with magnificent views of the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Its popular waterhole is floodlit by night, providing excellent and secluded rarely seen game viewing.

A 200-acre Chimpanzee sanctuary has also been set up at Sweetwaters Game Reserve. A visit to this Sanctuary and the 30-minute boat ride (subject to fine weather) on the river among the chimps attracts no extra charge. The aim of the project, initiated by Lonrho East Africa, Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, is to set up a colony where chimps can be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Priority is given to orphaned and abused chimps. The Sanctuary currently has 24 chimps, including two babies born in the Sanctuary.

Key Attractions

  • Excellent wildlife viewing with the Big Five easy to find (rhino included)
  • Interesting mammal species restricted to the arid north eg The Oryx and the Grevy's Zebra
  • Beautiful scenery with Mt Kenya in the backdrop
  • Excellent birding with many dry-country endemic species


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Hotels & Lodges

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