About Elephant Pepper Camp

Liz and Stefano Cheli started using this site the 1980s, first as their preferred site for mobile tented safaris, then finally using the site full time with a seasonal camp; becoming more luxurious with each passing year!

The camp became “Elephant Pepper Camp” in 2005, named after the “Elephant Pepper” tree, that grows throughout camp; warburgia ugandensis. The flavour of the leaves and fruit is fiercely hot and subtly different to chillies; the tree has many medicinal properties, and is a favourite with elephants!

In 2015, Elephant Pepper Camp was purchased by the Elewana Collection, to join a portfolio of luxury bush and beach properties spanning Kenya and Tanzania.

Having been on this site and working with the local community for very many years Stefano, a passionate conservationist, created and continues to chair and manage the Mara North Conservancy – a working balance of equitable income from tourism for the local community landowners, and sustainable conservation management.

Despite being an elegant and comfortable camp with substantial tents, Elephant Pepper Camp has maintained the ethos of non-permanence and is designed so that it can still be completely removed to leave a virgin site.

Camping in the Mara way back when
Camping in the Mara way back when