Laikipia has some of the most breathtaking scenery in Africa. Beautiful, remote and wild, you will love the vast openness and huge vistas of the region. Home to the Big Five, rare northern species and the elusive African wild dog, the game viewing is superb. Laikipia offers the chance to experience a more exclusive safari along with a range of activities, such as camel trekking and bush walks.
Stretching all the way across the Rift Valley, from Lake Baringo to Mount Kenya, Laikipia is roughly the size of Wales, so there’s plenty of room to luxuriate in its peaceful and exclusive atmosphere. The landscape ranges from semi-arid plains to forested hills and is home to some of the most important conservation work in Kenya.
The density of wildlife here is second only to the Masai Mara, but with few game vehicles to spoil your view. This is what makes Laikipia one of our favourite safari destinations in Kenya. Endangered species thrive. There’s the chance to see rare northern species such as the fine-striped Grevy’s zebra and it is one of the few places left on the continent where you can still spot African wild dog. But if it’s the Big Five you’re after, you’ll also find them here, so don’t forget your binoculars.
For the more active, there’s also the opportunity to indulge in a range of safari activities including camel trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, bush walks and fly camping, where you can experience sleeping out under the stars. There are also great children’s’ activities on offer, like ‘poo safaris’ and camera traps. And don’t forget the Lewa Marathon held in June – we’ve run it and we can arrange for you to run it too.
In Laikipia you’ll find an impressive range of privately-owned ranches and wildlife conservancies. These offer a more exclusive and personal safari experience, as only the game viewing vehicles belonging to the lodges can drive on the land. This gives you the chance to experience unique animal encounters, which can be harder to achieve in Kenya’s more well-known reserves.
Worth a special mention is the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where you can track the Big Five. It’s particularly good for rhino spotting, with healthy numbers of black rhino and there is also a chimpanzee sanctuary to visit, always lots of fun. As staying in a private conservancy is also a bit like staying with friends, we think it is a great option for both couples and families who enjoy a more homely and personal ambience.