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Visit Ol Kanjau Camp At Amboseli On Your Kenya Safari

Feb 2, 2008
A Kenya safari should include stays at lodges and tented camps, and one place you should consider is Ol Kanjau Tented Camp adjacent to Amboseli National Park.

Ol Kanjau is very close to Mount Kilimanjaro and around this area in Amboseli National Park are a growing number of elephant, so much so there are now 52 known matriarchal families and over 1000 elephants.

To reach Ol Kanjau you can fly in to Amboseli by schedule flights every day, or by private charter to Lilimanjaro Buffalo Airstrip. It is a four hour drive from Nairobi or two hours from the Tanzanian border.

A Kenya safari isn't just about seeing game it should also be about the culture of the local tribes, and one of the great things about Ol Kanjau Camp is that you get the opportunity to visit nearby Maasai Settlements and understand their culture. The large area of bush around the camp is owned by the Kisongo Maasai pastoralists, and they receive a direct benefit from your stay at Ol Kanjau.

At Ol Kanjau you will learn a great deal about the animals themselves particularly the elephants, their habits and movements to build up a far bigger picture of what makes them tick. Even more than that, Ol Kanjau is known as the Camp of the Elephant and you will be given a unique opportunity for a close encounter with some of these utterly magnificent animals, and even an introduction to several of the families and this is something you will never forget.

Ol Kanjau is a very traditional camp consisting of six very spacious twin tents made of lightweight pale brown canvas with large and very comfortable beds. The bathrooms are safari style with hot bucket showers, with ample hot water whenever you need it. The tents also include a dressing table and somewhere to hang your clothes.

Privacy is taken care of by the positioning of the tents, and because there is of course no electricity lanterns are used at night to light the tents and this creates a really old fashioned romantic Kenya safari feel to the place.
The fact that there are only six tents of course means there are never more than twelve guests, and so the attention at all times is very personal.

Everything at Ol Kanjau is kept as simple as possible which only adds to the wilderness feel. You can sit out at night around the fire and count the stars unspoiled by pollution, and listen to to the wildlife of Kenya as it goes about its business.

In the middle of the camp is the tent which acts as the dining area, and included with your three course meals are freshly baked breads. Accommodation naturally enough is full board to include soft drinks beer and wine.

Ol Kanjau is described as a mobile tented safari camp, and this is because the tents are tents and not a permanent structure. In this way your Kenya safari is somehow much closer to the natural world than a permanent lodge, and because of that the quality and quantity of the game is much much better because there is so much less disturbance to their way of life. You will also discover almost immediately that the pace of life here is totally unhurried but the access to game viewing is almost unsurpassed anywhere else. You will meet few if any other people, but lots of animals, and that surely is what a Kenya safari should be all about, so Ol Kanjau succeeds totally in this respect.

For more information on In Kenya safaris go to http://www.in-kenyasafari.com/pages/Site-Map.html
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Peter Stewart writes about in Kenya Safaris as well as authoring several articles about Worldwide Vacation Spots and he recommends Caribbean Vacation Spots
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