Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary
Area: 90,000 acres
The privately owned 22,000 acre Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and enjoys magnificent views across the bush to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya. It boasts all of the "Big 5" game - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Only 2.5 hours or 250 kilometers north of Nairobi on a good highway, the reserve is easily accessible and has the highest density of wildlife per square kilometer.
There are many advantages to visiting this private reserve. As it is a private reserve, guests can enjoy special activities such as night game drives, game walks and horseback game rides. The reserve boasts abundant wildlife - over 400 species of birds, lion, elephant, rhino and cheetah to name just a few. The night game drives allow sightings of the elusive leopard and other nocturnal species.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993. Lonrho Africa, the Jane Goodall Institute and Kenya Wildlife Services established a facility to receive and provide sanctuary and housing to an original group of 3 chimps orphaned at a young age by the bush-meat trade. The aim of the champanzee sanctuary project was to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions.
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