Sweetwater Game Preserve & Ol Pejeta

Trip Start Jan 18, 2012
Trip End Feb 04, 2012

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012 – Day 9

Breakfast in the Tusker Restaurant. Our chef is Peter who is ready with fry pan in hand to make our personalized omelet. Breakfast potatoes, tomatoes, sausage and bacon complete my meal. No orange juice this morning. Tree tomato juice and watermelon juice will have to do.

At 8:30 we are off to the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary followed by the Sweetwater Game Reserve. Our Tauck guides arrived from Amboseli last night so we are all together again.

Kenya does not have indigenous chimpanzees. The chimps at the Jane Goodall facility are from Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. Some years ago Jane Goodall appealed to the Kenyan Government to take in the chimps and they agreed. It costs $3,000 a year to care for each chimp. All, except five born in Kenya at the Sanctuary, are orphans or disabled. All will remain here for life.

The Center has 42 chimps divided into two families of 28 and 14. The two groups never meet or mingle. If they did, they would attack one another. Injuries and possible deaths would occur.

Within Sweetwaters is the Ol Pejeta (Pe-jet-ta) Conservancy. Ol Pejeta is home to four of the last eight northern white rhinos. They also have eighty five black rhinos. We observe and photograph rare reticulated giraffes and Grevey zebras. There are leopards at Ol Pejeta but these nocturnal hunters continue to elude us.

We return to the Mt Kenya Safari Club for lunch at 1 PM. We have another free afternoon so we check out activities at the hotel. We thought a massage sounded appealing until one of our group reported his disappointment with the service. We were ready to try trout fishing but the fish are tiny. Horseback riding is another possibility but not for me. I'd rather walk and that is what we do.

We walk through an on-property museum and several gift shops. We will visit the spinners and weavers tomorrow and want to see what they offer before buying more tourist items.

Dinner at the Tusker Restaurant is – as usual – fantastic.     
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