Elephant Pepper Camp

Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara
Elephant Pepper Camp is one of Kenya’s original, very small and exclusive tented camps, located away from other lodges in the pristine Mara North Conservancy. For those wanting to step off the world for a while and lose themselves in unspoiled nature in the heart of the Kenyan bush, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect place to indulge this whim and to explore the marvels of the natural world. Nestled in a lush thicket of Elephant Pepper trees overlooking open grasslands frequented by herds of game, Elephant Pepper Camp maintains a rustic luxury and authenticity of a traditional safari from yesteryear. The spacious canvas tents are elegantly furnished with Raj campaign furniture, and enjoy comfortable en-suite bathrooms. Set underneath a grove of fig and elephant pepper trees, the tents all offer spectacular views over the savannah plains from private verandas and hammocks. In addition to the eight classic tents and located at either end of the camp, are two very large honeymoon tents that feature an en-suite main bedroom and a separate sitting area, a large veranda with seating and dining areas as well as a private campfire. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire listening
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to the sounds of the African night. Enjoying extended game drives with highly knowledgeable and qualified guides, you will participate in the most unique wildlife experience in the world. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people to the heart of the wilderness - no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush. 

Mara North Conservancy (MNC) is a privately managed conservancy in the heart of the Masai Mara prime game viewing area. It is only half an hour leisurely game drive from the Mara River migration crossing, although most game viewing is conducted in the Mara North Conservancy core, right around camp. Game driving is restricted to only vehicles that belong to lodges within the Conservancy, so at Elephant Pepper you have this outstanding part of the Masai Mara, almost to yourself. Within Mara North Conservancy is Leopard Gorge, famed for being the home of several feline characters from BBC’s Big Cat Diaries. 

Game drives at Elephant Pepper are outstanding, with both resident and transient prides of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, buffalo, giraffe to name a few; and of course the famous zebra and wildebeest migration surrounding the camp in the months of July to October. Being private, yet central to the vast Masai Mara eco-system, you have easy access to the reserve, zebra and wildebeest crossings, and outstanding game viewing within the conservancy. The great migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest coming north from the arid Serengeti plains looking for fresh grazing mill around the whole of the fertile Mara eco-system for as long as the grazing lasts. The Mara River crossings happen during the middle of the day, when the animals are thirsty, come to the river to drink and are pushed across by the crowds of animals behind them. We recommend staying out for the whole day with a picnic lunch; the Elephant Pepper Camp guides know all the crossings, including the smaller private areas that you can enjoy a few hours by the river away from the crowds. 

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. One of the joys of being on safari is to eat together and share your daily adventures with other guests. Communal dining is the normal practice although private romantic dinners can easily be arranged on request.


  • 8 classic en-suite tents with private viewing decks
  • 2 honeymoon en-suite tents with separate sitting area, private veranda with seating and dining areas, and a private campfire
  • En-suite bathrooms include hot and cold running water
  • Safari shop
  • Seasonal views of the Great Migration, including river crossing
  • Exceptional wildlife sightings thanks to the wide open spaces and the openness of the Mara
  • Wildebeest, kongoni, topi, large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and massive crocodiles in the Mara River
  • Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino)
  • Twice daily game drives - early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall
  • Guided bush walks
  • Community visit, including interaction with the Maasai at an additional charge
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
  • Wi-Fi internet access in guest areas
  • Electricity: Runs fully on solar power


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