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Elephant Pepper Camp

Kenya, Rift Valley

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  • an authentic bush safari experience

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Elephant Pepper Camp is a small, exclusive and secluded Chic Retreat hidden away in a quiet grove of elephant pepper trees in the Northern Mara, Kenya. This boutique camp has only 10 luxury tents and offers its guests the ultimate authentic bush safari.  No generators, no permanent structures, no harsh modern lights just the sights and sounds of the African bush.  This Chic Retreat is perfectly placed to explore the globally famous Masai Mara ecosystem, which is renowned for its outstanding game viewing and exceptional populations of lion, leopard and cheetahs.  The Elephant Pepper Camp prides itself on its personal and friendly atmosphere and there is nothing more magical than the sight of the hurricane lamps flickering at camp as one returns home after an exhilarating day on safari and then being meet by the friendly smiling staff, a roaring camp fire and a well earned aperitif. Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in a location higher than 4000ft altitude and for this reason is considered malaria free.


Elephant Pepper Camp sits in a privately managed conservancy in the core of the Masai Mara ecosystem.  Game-driving is restricted to those vehicles belonging to lodges within the conservancy, so Elephant Pepper guests have this outstanding part of the Mara almost to themselves. The Elephant Pepper Camp guides are based in camp and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified, and some of the guides have guided in this area for 20 years.  The wildlife is abundant and lions, leopard, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, zebra, giraffe, topi, impala and black rhinoceros all make their home in the Mara.  The camp is also well situated to see the great migration when thousands of zebra and wildebeest come from the arid Serengeti plains in the north to look for fresh grazing in the fertile Mara eco-system. Evening game drives, bush walks and cultural visits to the local Masai homesteads can also be enjoyed by the guests.


Dining at Elephant Pepper Camp is a relaxed and communal affair. Meals are served in the beautifully decorated “mess tent” where guests enjoy the fabulous Italian recipes that have been passed down from the owner “Stefano Cheli’s” mother and perfected for the safari camp over the years. Elephant Pepper Camp’s cuisine includes a mouth-watering combination of homemade pastas, traditional Italian recipes such as Melanzane Parmigiana and Osso Bucco, and fresh organic salads. Although if pasta isn’t’ your thing there are plenty of other options. Romantic private dinners can also be arranged for special occasions. Special diets can be easily catered for, although prior notice is required to give the camp managers ample time to make the necessary preparations.


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Address: Lengai House, Wilson Airport , Kenya


There are 10 luxury canvas tents at Elephant Pepper Camp.  The tents are spacious and stylishly furnished with Indian “Raj campaign furniture”.  Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and running water showers.  All of the tents can be set up as twins or doubles and can fit one additional bed for children under the age of 16 years old. The honeymoon/family tent can accommodate 2 additional beds if required.

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Cancellation policy

For certain times of the year when there is high pressure request for accommodation, or for very large groups, you may be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of up to 30% of the booking value in order to confirm your booking. This deposit will override cancellation policy 1 & 2 below.

A Confirmation Voucher will be issued only on receipt of 100% payment of booking. Bookings may be lost if payment has not been received within 2 weeks from accommodation date.

  • Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. 
  • If you cancel 8 weeks prior to departure your 15% deposit is forfeited. 
  • If your cancellation is made after you final payment is due, the below charges will be levied as a percentage of the booking
  • Between 60 & 45 days, 15% of the total costs will be charged (except High Season).
  • Between 44 & 30 days, 25% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 29 & 22 days, 50% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 21 days & a ‘No Show’, 80% of the total costs will be charged.
There continues to be no Ebola in Kenya or Tanzania, which are over 5,000 km away from the affected West African region.  There are no Ebola cases in neighbouring countries or the surrounding East African region.  
The medical facilities at both international airports and major hospitals within Kenya and Tanzania are sophisticated, with full isolation wards in the unlikely event that any cases were to reach this far, and extensive training and preparation has be done as precautionary measures.
At the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Government of Kenya took the immediate action of suspending all flights to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and suspended visas to travellers from those countries. 
We at Cheli & Peacock can confirm that in the event of a confirmed outbreak of Ebola (as defined by the World Health Organisation) occurring in any of the four East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda, for guests staying at any of the camps operated by Cheli & Peacock Safaris provided the WHO and either the UK government or the US government has issued a warning against non-essential travel on the grounds of an Ebola epidemic in any of the four East African countries, the following cancellation terms will apply:
1. Those guests who hold Travel Insurance covering cancellation of travel should apply to their insurance company and Cheli & Peacock Safaris will pay to the guest the difference between the amount paid to the claimant by the insurance company and the amount received in payment by Cheli & Peacock Safaris for the cancelled safari booking.
2. Those guests who are unable to obtain any refund from their insurance company will have a credit held for them equal to the amount already paid to Cheli & Peacock Safaris and this can be carried forward to a future booking within one year of the travel date of the cancelled trip.
3. The above terms apply to the camps owned and operated in Kenya by Cheli & Peacock Management Ltd, Joys Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Tortilis Camp, Kitich Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp, Cottars Camp.
For itineraries booked by Cheli & Peacock Safaris to stay at other third party owned camps in any of the four named East African countries then the same refund and credit offers will apply so long as the third party service providers have agreed to similar cancellation terms.

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