Laikipia is one of Safari Guru's favourite areas. Stretching out on the edge of the Northern Kenyan Frontier, from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley and the Northern deserts is the Laikipia Plateau.
This is an area steeped in history from the colonial days of Kenya and is significant from a safari and conservation perspective.
The plateau is fast becoming the premium safari destination in Kenya, rivalling the Mara for density and variety of wildlife due to forward-thinking conservation policies and the opening up of formally individually owned ranches. A beautiful stretch of pure wilderness speckled with stunning ranches and lodges; home to millions of acres of private ranch-land, many of whom have removed their fencing, allowing wildlife to roam and elephants to migrate along their traditional and ancient 'corridors.'
The area has the same game you may see in the Mara, plus much rarer species such as rhino and those particular to the region; reticulated giraffe, interesting gerenuk, and the beautiful Grevy's zebra. What you won't see, though, is lots of people. Now, while it is true that much of the conservancies in Laikipia are managed areas, and many (rarer) species (such as black rhino), are often radio-collared, tracked, and monitored by wildlife rangers, this has come with an enormous improvement in conservation, including with local communities, and increased human understanding of species and movements. So while some may argue that this is unnatural, human management has led to great success conversationally speaking. There is also a real added advantage of guests' opportunities to see the operations and be involved in and learn about wildlife conservation activities.
There are a variety of ranches and conservancies, and many are still family-owned and hosted, that can be visited depending on your particular interest. From wildlife areas, such as Lewa Downs, Borana, and Solio, a protective haven for the endangered rhino, to ranches and conservancies further north more focused on community and adventure activities such as horseback riding, camel and walking safaris. It is also a perfect base to explore the wilder north and great lakes of Kenya. All of the properties we use here are beautiful and unique, so, again, contact us so we can match you to your perfect destination.
Here are just a couple of our favourite places to stay in Laikipia to give you a taste of what the area has to offer! From the super exclusive private villa experiences like Arijiji Retreat; suggested to be the most beautiful house in Africa by Peter Browne in Conde Nast, and Segera Retreat to family friendly establishments Sirikoi and Lewa Wilderness Lodge in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
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