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Elephant Pepper Camp

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Morning Tea at the Campfire

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Morning Tea at the Campfire - Elephant Pepper Camp. Copyright Cheli & Peacock.

Elephant Pepper Camp is in the heart of the Maasai Mara prime game viewing area. Only half an hour from the Mara River, although most game viewing is conducted in the Mara North Conservancy core, right around camp.

Elephant Pepper Camp is situated next to a water hole, so in the dry periods there are a lot of plain‟s game around camp. The grass around the camp is very high in salts, especially near the honeymoon tent where there are natural springs in the wetter times, so this attracts a lot of elephant that are free to roam around the camp at night time.

The camp overlooks the vast open plains, teaming with game, especially during the migration. Guests are encouraged to go on bush walks with an experienced guide to explore the savannah up-close.

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Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area. In the same location for 20 years, one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps, Elephant Pepper is located away from other lodges, in the heart of the African bush. Our spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring ensuite bathrooms with eco-friendly flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. Enjoying extended game drives in the best 4x4 game drive vehicles, clients participate in the most unique wildlife experience in the world. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature – no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush.
  • Traditional style tented camp – Although extremely comfortable with spacious tents and ensuite bathrooms, the camp is very low key, with no generator to interfere with the sounds of the bush and resident lion pride! The camp has never poured one bag of cement and could be completely removed leaving a virgin site.
  • Location – Hidden in a grove of elephant pepper trees, overlooking the Mara plains in the heart of Mara North Conservancy, Elephant Pepper Camp is in a prime but secluded game viewing area.
  • Highly qualified guides – All of the Elephant Pepper guides have their Bronze Level KPSGA qualification and 2 of them have the impressive Silver Level KSPGA qualification. Some of our guides have worked in this area for over 20 years.
  • Unrivalled game drive vehicles – EPC has a brand new fleet of spacious open-sided Land Cruisers. All vehicles feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography, such as charging sockets and camera stands.

  • Gold Eco-rating Certification - Ecotourism Kenya, 2011/2012 (only 3 Gold rated camps in Kenya)
  • 5 of the Best: Best for an Authentic Camping Experience – Travel Weekly Magazine, October 2005

  • Day & Night (pre dinner) Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Bush Breakfasts
  • Sundowners
  • Cultural Visits
  • A small shop selling fleeces, caps, kikoys and some wildlife guide books

Travel Agent Reviews

Review date:   May 19, 2013 1:51PM
Review:   Recommended for: Adults, families with teenagers; fine for older people who aren't as mobile

Pros: Super location for day trips all over the Mara during the migration. Fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere at dinner--you'll eat with the other guests at a big communal table, sharing your stories from the day. The tents are very comfortable, with washbasins and even a shower (the staff heats the water in the main part of camp, then fills a bucket that you control from inside the tent).

Cons: None.

Travel Agent:  
Michael Cottam, Bright Yonder   Michael Cottam
Bright Yonder
Bend, OR US

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Review date:   December 5, 2017 1:20PM
Review:   I do not have words to explain how nice the camp is. We wanted to enjoy the peace and this place gave us that. The reception and dining area is beautifully done and has a path that leads to the tents. The tents are well made and has inbuilt toilet and bathroom. The room service is very good. They place some bell in the tent if you wish to call them just in case you find a wild animal around :) The tents do not have WiFi signals , you need to go to the dining/reception area to check your mails. The food is outstanding, loved every single dish I had there, we stayed there for three days. The staff is very well trained and they have a local guide, dressed in their local attire who will take you to the nearest village (paid service). Overall the camp is brilliant. Its located on the top of a hill which gives a beautiful view of the landscape. We saw one wild monkey right in front of us while me and my 3 year were enjoying cheetos, he saw us... we saw him... both run away!!!
Author:   Kirti Lata Mathur
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   January 6, 2018 10:21AM
Review:   An amazing place to stay. Very high quality food and service and nothing is too much trouble.
Author:   Kate Johnson
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Review date:   December 12, 2017 10:16AM
Review:   My brother and I are on our third day here and if I could give this place 1000 stars I would. The location is perfect. Zebras graze throughout the camp at night. Giraffes and other animals are around the camp. Maasai farmers graze their cattle around here. The view of the Mara is amazing. The service is better than I couls have asked for. Clean your room morning and night, hot water all the time, notes of wisdom and a hot water pack in your bed before you sleep, laundry done each morning for you etc. The management is spot on about everything. They have a cool Masai guard on the grounds as well. Only go with guards to the tents at night as animals are around. The tents are big, beautiful and have electricity all the time. Do the horse back riding for 2 hours. It is like Jurassic park! You will get up close to the animals. Coolest thing I have ever done. Do the bush walk and see animals on foot. Do the spa an hot bath overlooking the Mara. We are so impressed that we are skipping our last game drive to hang out here. In conclusion, trust them and let them take care of everything. It is luxury and the wild in a perfect mix.
Author:   Tony Medina
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Review date:   July 31, 2017 1:39PM
Review:   Incredible place. An eco camp on the top of a mountain near the Masai Mara Triangle. They have a small farm that produces food for meals for the guests, solar and wind power, with backup generators in the event they need more power. The food and service were excellent, prepared by their dedicated staff. Each guest (or pair of guests) gets their own small tent which is self contained for the night including bathroom facilities. There is an awesome fire pit with an amazing view of the Mara. We saw zebras in the camp and there had been elephants, giraffes and lions in the camp in previous days. Staff were very friendly, and extremely accommodating, going out of their way to welcome our party and make us feel at home. A couple of things to note: This camp does not have a fence, so you must be escorted by their security team at night between the lodge and your tent since wild animals can be in the camp. Bathroom isn't that separated from the main tent area so consider that you will become closer with your tent mate during this time if you are not already. The tents are supplied with solar heated water, so it occasionally ran out, meaning some people had some cold showers. The camp is high enough altitude (~1800m) that you do not need mosquito nets because mosquitoes do not make it to that altitude.
Author:   William James
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Review date:   December 22, 2017 10:51AM
Review:   A little haven of happiness. Very friendly staff.
Author:   Mike Okal
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