Cheli & Peacock spread wings

CHELI & Peacock Safaris, Nairobi, will announce the launch of a sister company in Arusha, Tanzania at the WTM. The second brand will offer dedicated Tanzania free independent traveller (FIT) itineraries and combined Kenya/Tanzania FIT itineraries.

The opening of the Tanzania office is the latest announcement for C&P, which over the past 29 years has grown to be one of Kenya’s leading and longest-established safari operators, with an unrivalled  reputation for upmarket FIT ground handling.

“At Cheli & Peacock, with our wealth of experience, we pride ourselves on seamless, tailor-made itineraries, using properties and activities that offer a luxurious, but authentic safari – combined with the strength of our personal 24-hour support and now, skilled specialists on the ground both in Kenya and Tanzania,” says a company spokesman.

Cheli & Peacock Safaris is owned and operated by Stefano Cheli and Liz Peacock. The company started in 1985, and Liz and Stefano have been running it hands-on ever since.

Both safari guides and having grown up in Kenya, Liz & Stefano created the business to share their authentic safari experiences with others. From 1985 Cheli & Peacock operated lavish private tented safaris with professional guides, often Stefano or Liz themselves. The company soon developed a reputation for professional service, outstanding food, attention to detail and that well-worn phrase – “holidays of a lifetime”.

In 1994 Stefano designed and built Tortilis Camp in Amboseli, a unique concept at the time – beautifully designed, small, upmarket, gourmet fresh food, and of course outstanding guides. Offering walking, sundowners, bush breakfasts – all the added extras that Stefano and Liz consider essential to a complete safari experience. The project won the “BA Tourism for Tomorrow Award” a year after opening.

In 1999 Stefano designed and built Elsa’s Kopje lodge in Meru National Park – still considered a flagship in luxurious African safari accommodation. Following on came Joys Camp in Shaba National Reserve (2005) a stylish camp in the exquisite arid country bordering Samburu; and Elephant Pepper Camp in the Masai Mara. Elephant Pepper retains the Cheli & Peacock roots of private tented safari. Only eight tents, it still operates in the old fashioned safari style of yester year.

Today, Cheli & Peacock has grown to become one of the leading ground handlers in Kenya; continuing to operate upmarket safaris for clients that want the “real safari” experience. Today, and throughout more than 25 years of operation, Liz & Stefano’s priorities have always been to offer the best safari experiences to its clients.