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.
Area: 90,000 acres
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.