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Sweet Waters

Sweet waters sanctuary boast of amazing diversity of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzees and the big 5 (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion). This combination of amazing wildlife and surprising views across the open plains on a 90,000 acre wildlife land guarantees a memorable safari experience to guests.

Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 41. At Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Sweetwaters is a chartered member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), an alliance of 18 sanctuaries in 12 African countries, currently caring for over 800 orphaned and/or confiscated chimpanzees. PASA’s role is to help conserve chimpanzees and other primates and their habitats through public education and lobbying for political goodwill.

Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans, sharing approximately 98% of our genetic blueprint. These mammals have the ability to stand and walk upright while also having the ability to move effectively on all fours. Thanks to the opposable thumbs on their hands and feet, chimpanzees make use of tools such as rocks to crack nuts in half or sticks inserted into mounds to ‘fish’ for termites, and are the only primates to have developed tool use to such an advanced level.

Set in a 22000 acre wildlife sanctuary , the luxury Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a unique property and a favourite with intrepid travellers looking for a tented camp experience in a well cared for animal sanctuary. Abounding with wildlife, and unfettered by the more inflexible structures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming mix of under canvas ambiance and uncompromised luxury, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari goers alike.

Access is really simple and easy by road only a three hour drive from Nairobi on good roads, sweet water conservancy is the closest place for you to come and see all the big five.
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