Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp

Lodge location Mara North Conservancy

Understated luxury in the middle of nowhere.

Tucked away in a dense grove of fig and elephant pepper trees, this intimate small scale safari camp overlooks the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara. One of only eleven safari camps in the private and exclusive Mara North Conservancy, the camp is ideally situated in a wildlife hotspot – but is far away from the busier tourist-laden wildlife areas. A great location for year-round game watching.

At a glance

Safari game drive

Explore the Savannah

Exciting safari game drives are included.
Safari bush walk

Walk on the wild side

Safari bush walks are included.
Tented accommodation

Luxurious tented rooms

Just 10 luxury rooms at Elephant Pepper.
Nearest airport

Nearest airport

Easy access through Mara North Airstrip.
Cultural excursion

Meet your hosts

Community experiences available (additional cost).
Hot air balloon

Catch a balloon

Hot air balloon safaris are available (additional cost).
Child friendly

Bring the family

Elephant Pepper Camp welcomes children of all ages.
Sensational wildlife viewing

Sensational wildlife viewing

Prime location for viewing big cats.
Family rooms

Stay together

Elephant Pepper Camp has two family tents.
Gourmet food

Foodies be ready

The camp is known for an incredible food experience.

Spacious safari tents, scenic sundowners and decadent dining

There is something special about that feeling of being all alone in the wild. Far away from civilization and walking in the footsteps of adventurers of yesteryear. Far away from traffic jams, pavement and crowded skylines, yet so much closer to nature. Elephant Pepper Camp is surrounded by a sea of tranquility and spectacular panoramic views. Located in the private Mara North Conservancy, the camp is one of only a few camps allowed to operate in the area. There are only a maximum number of guests allowed to roam the conservancy at any given time, which gives the area an even more remote and unchartered feel. The camp is luxurious, but it also blends in with its surroundings. This makes it even easier to enjoy the prides of lions and resident game in the area.

The camp is set up spaciously in two wings, each on either side of the stylish and welcoming central lounge and dining area. In total the entire grounds of the camp span four square kilometers. Due to its non- permanent construction method in which no cement has been used, the camp has very minimal impact on its natural surroundings. All energy generated by the camp is solar powered. Elephant Pepper Camp serves Italian influenced cuisine (but also serves more international dishes or even local cuisine) in the central dining area, the perfect moment to swap safari stories with fellow camp guests. However, if you so prefer, the kitchen staff will be more than happy to organize a more private or romantic dinner for you during your stay. In the evenings you can nibble on canapes and sip on lovely drinks by fireside. The camp’s staff is very welcoming and do their utmost to ensure that your stay is pleasurable and memorable. When planning your trip, keep in mind that the camp is closed from April 1 – June 15.

Elephant Pepper's safari tents are spacious and luxurious. All tents look out upon the stunning African savannah and have private verandahs and hammocks for relaxing in. The tents each have their own en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. The tents are elegantly decorated with dark wood finishing and vintage brass fittings. For those planning a honeymoon or a family trip, the camp has two larger tents with a little more privacy. Due to the remote setting in which the camp is located, you’ll have an unhindered opportunity for stargazing upon the wide open starry African skies at night. As you step into bed and let your head hit a comfortable pillow, the sounds of lion, hyena and leopard will accompany you into your slumber. In the morning you’ll have an opportunity to wake up with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a deliciously fragrant freshly-baked biscuit. Other days you may go all out and dine al fresco on the plains amidst the local wildlife. It is all part of the grand adventure you’ll have during your stay here.

Activities at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp

The camp has a smorgasbord of interesting activities you can take part in. Naturally the camp offers outstanding game drives and bush walks led by highly qualified Maasai trackers and guides in possession of excellent guiding qualifications and certificates. All of the game drives are operated within the wildlife-rich private Mara North Conservancy in 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers. These safari vehicles are open-sided and have 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands and charging sockets. The game drives are shared with other guests, unless you choose to set off on an exclusive safari game drive (extra charge). The area is brimming with resident big cats, prides of lions and other wild game. It is also one of the best areas to take in the great wildebeest migration from July to October. The camp also hot-air balloon safaris at an additional cost.

One of the benefits of staying at the conservancy is the ability to go on bush walks and to set out on evening game drives. The pre-dinner game drives take place with red-light spotlights and introduce you to an entirely different type of wildlife including very different types of predators and the aardvark for instance. The camp's guided bush walks give you a closer look at your surroundings. You’ll get to see animal tracks, micro-ecosystems and the smaller flora and fauna. Patrick, the camp's manager and very knowledgeable walking guide, and his Maasai colleagues will show around the area and point out the most interesting points of interest. These activities are prohibited in the actual Masai Mara National Reserve. Game drives and bush walks are made extra special with optional bush breakfasts and scenic sundowners. During a sundowner your guide will prepare a lovely table filled with goodies and your favorite drinks in a sublimely scenic spot. Another unforgettable activity offered by the camp is the ability to visit a Maasai manyatta (village) for an introduction to Maasai culture and traditions.

Tripadvisor comments Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp

There is something special about being in your tent, over looking the Mara and watching a lion or an elephant walk by. The game drives were excellent, with wildlife including cats, everywhere you looked.

Jondavball from Jakarta, Indonesia

The Night game drive, surprise delicious birthday cake and watching a pride of Lions was my highlight! I experienced such a genuine hospitality from the moment I set foot in the Camp, felt right at home.

Chantal O from Nairobi, Kenya