Overview of Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp is a traditional bush safari camp shaded by a natural forest of ebony and elephant pepper trees, overlooking the Mara plains. Set away from other lodges, the camp offers modern comforts, evenings by the campfire, and dinner under the stars.

The spectacular annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is by no means the only feature of this World Heritage Site. The Masai Mara is home to enormous herds of plains game, big cats, and elephant as well as colourful birds, small game, riverine wildlife and beautiful scenery. Daily extended game drives in open-sided vehicles and guided bush walks make up your thrilling game-viewing experiences. The camp lies within a private conservancy meaning you have access to the greater Mara but also to exclusive areas with limited access for other vehicles, meaning visitor density is low.

Elephant Pepper is unfenced (although there are 24-hour patrols by Maasai moran or ‘warriors’) and game is often spotted in camp. It is closed during the annual ‘long rains’ season from April to May. It is a delightful combination of a classic safari camp – think comfortable hammocks under the trees and polished brass lanterns – as well as mod cons like plumbed showers and Wi-Fi. Cuisine is inspired by Italy and lazy meals take place a long table in the mess tent.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/11/2023 - 19/12/2023 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R11,510
20/12/2023 - 03/01/2024 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R15,695
04/01/2024 - 30/06/2024 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R12,100
01/07/2024 - 31/10/2024 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R16,965
01/11/2024 - 19/12/2024 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R12,100
20/12/2024 - 03/01/2025 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) R16,965

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • In the private Mara North Conservancy
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration in season (from about mid-year)
  • Enjoy bush walks and Italian-inspired cuisine
  • Sweeping views of the Mara plains with game often found in camp
  • Gold Eco Status for environmental management
Bird watching

Bird watching

Bush dining

Bush dining

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks

Night drives

Night drives

Private game-drives

Private game-drives

General Facilities

Set out on game drives in open-sided vehicles, as well guided bush walks, to see herds of plains game, big cats, elephants, and plentiful bird species.

Before dinner, enjoy a drink around the campfire where you can share stories of the day’s sightings. There is a small library and the more energetic and competitive can play croquet outside the mess tent.

Wi-Fi is available during certain times in the communal areas. Elephant Pepper Camp is solar powered although there is a back-up generator.

Bar

Bar

Curio shop

Curio shop

Laundry service

Laundry service

Library

Library

Mess dining tent

Mess dining tent

Wi-Fi available

Wi-Fi available

Dining

Meals at Elephant Pepper Camp are prepared by chefs trained by the owners’ family, and feature traditional northern Italian recipes blended with international and local favourites.

The main dining tent offers family-style dining with a self-service bar or enjoy bush breakfasts, sundowners, or a barbecue beside the campfire.

Dishes include homemade pasta, fresh salads, and pork spare ribs or beef fillet served with roast potatoes, topped off with excellent cheese from Brown’s in Nairobi and cheesecake.

Expert Opinion

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Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

Africa Safari Expert

An intimate luxury tented camp in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy with beautiful tents and gourmet food as well as superb game viewing. Enjoy the Wildebeest Migration in season that’s away from the crowds.

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Traveller Reviews

  • A

    This camp is great, it was the highlight of our trip. The camp facilities are great but what makes the difference is the staff. The staff is really nice and values customer satisfaction above all. Andrew, the relief manager, is a great professional and he could very well manage a 5-star hotel anywhere in the world. He is passionate about his work. Georges, our driver, was passionate about his work and it was clear he was enjoying the game drives almost as much as we did. The game viewing in Mara North was simply exceptional. There never was a dull moment.

    Amir
  • CP

    WOW! When we landed on the airstrip, we were greeted on the runway by a Maasai Giraffe! James our driver (AMAZING…fluent in over 7 languages, knowledgeable about all animals and people in the area, the best tracker and spotter in the Mara, kind and accommodating) met us at the plane and before we even got to camp we were surrounded by elephants, common zebras, giraffes, and we were lucky enough to see a leopard! Later on that evening, on our evening Game Drive, we saw lions with cubs AND a giraffe that had been born only minutes before we encountered it. And too many other animals to mention! All of our Game Drives in the Mara North were very thrilling, as there were animals galore!

    We enjoyed everything about Elephant Pepper Camp: Hosts: Patrick and Sophie, the morning and evening fires, game drives, food, tent, the Maasai people, and of course, the incredible animals EVERYWHERE. Even though we were a bit off season, it worked out great for us because the camps were not crowded, and we did not run into as many game vehicles as during the high season.

    The Sundowners and breakfasts and lunches in the Bush were a highlight of our game drives at both Joy’s Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp!

    Cynthia Pastore-Walker
  • CP

    WOW! When we landed on the airstrip, we were greeted on the runway by a Maasai Giraffe! James our driver (AMAZING…fluent in over 7 languages, knowledgeable about all animals and people in the area, the best tracker and spotter in the Mara, kind and accommodating) met us at the plane and before we even got to camp we were surrounded by elephants, common zebras, giraffes, and we were lucky enough to see a leopard! Later on that evening, on our evening Game Drive, we saw lions with cubs AND a giraffe that had been born only minutes before we encountered it. And too many other animals to mention! All of our Game Drives in the Mara North were very thrilling, as there were animals galore!

    We enjoyed everything about Elephant Pepper Camp: Hosts: Patrick and Sophie, the morning and evening fires, game drives, food, tent, the Maasai people, and of course, the incredible animals EVERYWHERE. Even though we were a bit off season, it worked out great for us because the camps were not crowded, and we did not run into as many game vehicles as during the high season.

    The Sundowners and breakfasts and lunches in the Bush were a highlight of our game drives at both Joy’s Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp!

    Cynthia Pastore-Walker

Traveller Reviews

  • A

    This camp is great, it was the highlight of our trip. The camp facilities are great but what makes the difference is the staff. The staff is really nice and values customer satisfaction above all. Andrew, the relief manager, is a great professional and he could very well manage a 5-star hotel anywhere in the world. He is passionate about his work. Georges, our driver, was passionate about his work and it was clear he was enjoying the game drives almost as much as we did. The game viewing in Mara North was simply exceptional. There never was a dull moment.

    Amir
  • CP

    WOW! When we landed on the airstrip, we were greeted on the runway by a Maasai Giraffe! James our driver (AMAZING…fluent in over 7 languages, knowledgeable about all animals and people in the area, the best tracker and spotter in the Mara, kind and accommodating) met us at the plane and before we even got to camp we were surrounded by elephants, common zebras, giraffes, and we were lucky enough to see a leopard! Later on that evening, on our evening Game Drive, we saw lions with cubs AND a giraffe that had been born only minutes before we encountered it. And too many other animals to mention! All of our Game Drives in the Mara North were very thrilling, as there were animals galore!

    We enjoyed everything about Elephant Pepper Camp: Hosts: Patrick and Sophie, the morning and evening fires, game drives, food, tent, the Maasai people, and of course, the incredible animals EVERYWHERE. Even though we were a bit off season, it worked out great for us because the camps were not crowded, and we did not run into as many game vehicles as during the high season.

    The Sundowners and breakfasts and lunches in the Bush were a highlight of our game drives at both Joy’s Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp!

    Cynthia Pastore-Walker
  • CP

    WOW! When we landed on the airstrip, we were greeted on the runway by a Maasai Giraffe! James our driver (AMAZING…fluent in over 7 languages, knowledgeable about all animals and people in the area, the best tracker and spotter in the Mara, kind and accommodating) met us at the plane and before we even got to camp we were surrounded by elephants, common zebras, giraffes, and we were lucky enough to see a leopard! Later on that evening, on our evening Game Drive, we saw lions with cubs AND a giraffe that had been born only minutes before we encountered it. And too many other animals to mention! All of our Game Drives in the Mara North were very thrilling, as there were animals galore!

    We enjoyed everything about Elephant Pepper Camp: Hosts: Patrick and Sophie, the morning and evening fires, game drives, food, tent, the Maasai people, and of course, the incredible animals EVERYWHERE. Even though we were a bit off season, it worked out great for us because the camps were not crowded, and we did not run into as many game vehicles as during the high season.

    The Sundowners and breakfasts and lunches in the Bush were a highlight of our game drives at both Joy’s Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp!

    Cynthia Pastore-Walker