Sweetwaters Private Reserve

 

Amidst 20,000 acres of privately owned Kenyan wilderness, at the heart of the Laikipian plains lies a private reserve with some of the most captivating scenery. Sweetwater’s, as it is commonly referred to, is surrounded by open grassy plains, thorny thickets and acacia woodland. The Uaso Nyiro River runs through the reserve with a number of waterholes and dams attracting elephant, hippo, lion, giraffe, zebra, eland, warthog, oryx, impala, gazelles as well as many other species. The most famous animal attraction however is the African Black Rhino for which Sweetwater’s is noted.

As this is a private reserve there are fewer visitors than in the main national parks, offering a more exclusive wildlife experience. With a number of tracks for game drives it allows for visitors to explore the reserve and to see a wide variety of wildlife species. Night game drives may be taken at Sweetwater’s giving you the possibility of seeing some of the nocturnal animals like aardvark or even leopard which at times escapes even the best of the game trackers eyes.

Within Sweetwater’s there is a chimpanzee sanctuary where rescued animals are looked after by a dedicated team. A visit to the sanctuary is a rewarding experience. At the visitors' information centre there is a small museum and nearby a tame black rhino, named Morani, and reared as an orphan by the Kenya Wildlife Service, has been given a protected area to live. Sweetwater’s promises a time of adventure, education and fun.