Diary Archive: October 2013

The Surrender of the Power Beast at Elsa’s Kopje…

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I should have spotted him sooner…

The Harley Davidson t-shirt on the 250 pound frame and a telephoto as long as my arm should have warned me.

It was about 4.30 in the afternoon and all the guests were out on the plains when we noticed that all power was ‘out’ on the southern end of camp.

‘AC overload’ was the cryptic message on the inverter monitor, but where exactly was the over load?

It was the “power beast”. A fitting that housed multiple chargers for the gangs of iPads, iPhones and iDontknow what else’s that supported this barrage of Canons and Sony cams and his lady wife’s laptops, yes both of them that all needed to drink deep each evening of our electrical supply.

The plug socket itself had melted with the combined load and the regulator had taken over to trip the system before worse befell but we had to explain this with the tact of modern day Kissinger and somehow spread the load.

The multiples of a full camp are the 26 times table. 26 times two beers at lunchtime and two more at ‘sundowner’s’ mean 104 bottles have to be as cold as only someone born in Arkansas can need. 26 towels at the swimming pool and 26 for the evening shower keep the 4.8 kilo washing machine running however many cycles that is!

More than that, are the 26 times however many slightly out of focus 6MB images of departing antelope or snoozing lion that have to wing their way through the ether to waiting family in mid America. Today’s appliances are just too efficient for Derek’s new wifi system that gets clogged daily with animalia.

But that’s the inside story! Outside the plains are dry and dusty, the roads hard and bumpy but the success and wonder of each days sightings makes short work of any discomforts.

Guests excited tales of identifying the lion prides and following the huge herds of Elephant and always much to my surprise sightings of water buffalos far from their Indian habitat delight everyone and make it all so satisfying.

Do we ever get bored of it? Not yet, we haven’t had time!

Phil & Charlie


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Elsa’s Kopje accolades continue to grow, with our spectacular lodge winning one of Andrew Harper’s coveted Reader’s Choice Awards, listing Elsa’s Kopje as one of the world’s 20 best safari lodges!

The latest in a string of award wins, readers once again found Elsa’s Kopje’s combination of character, elegance, blissful solitude, unique design and superb wildlife to be an award-winning mix.

To further the celebrations, Cheli & Peacock’s Elephant Pepper Camp won this years’ Eco Warrior Award as Best Tented Camp in Kenya, recognizing its exceptional achievements in responsible and sustainable tourism!

Elephant Pepper Camp is one of only eight camps in Kenya to have been awarded “Gold Level” Eco Rating by the internationally recognised organisation Eco Tourism Kenya. The camp achieves environmental best practice by combining old fashioned safari camp know-how with the latest technology, leaving a minimal footprint. Almost invisible under the Elephant Pepper trees with completely removable tent structures, the camp relies entirely on solar power and uses only LED lighting.

Since 2011 Cheli & Peacock and it’s collection of properties have won 5 Eco Warrior Awards in various categories, including Eco Enterprise of the Year 2011 & 2012 and we are delighted to add yet another trophy to our ‘Hall of Fame’!

The Eco Warrior Awards are organized by Ecotourism Kenya, founded in 1996 as the first Ecotourism Society worldwide! The awards gala held on 24th September 2013 was also the ideal occasion to kick off The International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference which is proudly hosted in Nairobi over the next 4 days, bringing together over 500 professionals from around the world!

We congratulate the entire staff of Elsa’s Kopje and Elephant Pepper Camp and of course the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust Team!