Elephant Pepper Camp - Mara
Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Game wanders right through camp
An authentic safari experience
Head out on a bush walk after a delicious breakfast
Visit the local community for a cultural insight into the area
Enjoy a dawn hot air balloon ride floating over animals below
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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Situated on the northern edge of Kenya's Maasai Mara Reserve, Elephant Pepper Camp is a traditional style camp and consists of nine beautiful tents. The camp is hidden away within the Mara North Conservancy, which has become a prime wildlife area.
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 colorful 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 en-suite dressing rooms, flush toilets and safari showers with running water. There are also two beautiful larger honeymoon tents, 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 ten en-suite tents – 8 luxury safari tents and 2 honeymoon/family suites.
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 organized 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.
Olivia Hollowood (Staff)
You wouldn't know you were approaching a safari camp arriving at Elephant Pepper camp even though it's in the heart of a prime area of Mara North Conservancy - it's well hidden under a mini forest of acacia trees and you really feel like you are in a secret corner of the Maasai Mara.
If you want a real East African safari experience Elephant Pepper Camp is perfect - it's small and exclusive and the spacious green canvas tents are very comfortable and although they have hot bucket showers at the moment, they are planning on joining the running water revolution with regards to showers. But you should still feel like you're in a traditional camp away from it all, going back to nature when you sit around the camp fire every evening as the sun goes down.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
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
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute trip by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 1-hour flights operate from Nairobi’s Wilson airport on a daily basis, to Mara Shikar Airstrip. Once you have landed it's then a 20-minute drive to camp.