Elephant Pepper Camp is an original safari camp situated in the Mara North Conservancy attached to one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves, the Maasai Mara. This fascinating ecosystem is home to enormous herds of plains game, big cats and elephants, as well as colourful birds, small game, riverine wildlife and stunning scenery. Located on the Koiyaki Community group ranch in the northern part of the Mara, the camp is very low key, with no generator to interfere with the sounds of the bush and resident lion pride! The camp has never poured one bag of cement and could be completely removed leaving a virgin site.
There are eight canvas tented rooms with ensuite dressing rooms, flush toilets and safari showers filled with hot water. There is also one beautiful larger honeymoon tent, which can also be used for families as they can put a couple of extra beds in the tent. The main lounge/dining tent offers family style dining and a help-yourself bar. Activities include day and night game drives in 4-wheel drive Land Rovers, guided walks to look at the smaller things, and also bush picnics. The homely atmosphere of the camp is part of its unique charm and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Delicious meals by the campfire or on a bush breakfast in the open plains are some of the lasting memories to take home.
The accommodation at Elephant Pepper Camp comprises eight en-suite tents – four doubles and four twin tents (all can be made into doubles and can each fit one extra bed). There is also one en-suite honeymoon / family tent which can comfortably fit two extra beds.
Extra beds can be added to accommodate children under the age of 16 years only. The maximum capacity in camp at any one time is 22 (six extra beds).
There are 4 double tents with en-suite bathroom consisting on a safari shower and flush toilet. The rooms have a private verandah with hammock.
There are 4 twin safari tents with en-suite bathroom consisting of a safari shower with flush toilet. The rooms have a private verandah with hammock for relaxation
Elephant Pepper Camp welcomes children but there are no specific childcare facilities. The camp is not suited to very young children as the camp is unfenced and for this reason children must be supervised at all times. Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can be organised for those that require it.
The activities from Elephant Pepper Camp are either focussed around game viewing or cultural visits to meet the local community. The highly trained and experienced guides will take guests on day and night (pre-dinner) drives, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners.
When to travel
Elephant Pepper Camp is closed in April to Mid June.
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Location and directions
Northern Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hidden in a grove of elephant pepper trees overlooking the Mara plains, Elephant Pepper Camp is in a prime but secluded game viewing area, the Koiyaki Community Group Ranch, in the northern part of the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
How to get there
8.5hour international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then its 30minute by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 1hour flights operate from Nairobi’s Wilson airport on a daily basis, to Mara Shikar Airstrip. Once you have landed it's then a 20 minutes drive to camp.