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Kicheche Laikipia Camp
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife
Kicheche Laikipia Camp is an intimate tented safari camp in Kenya’s Laikipia. Kicheche Laikipia Camp is in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy; the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, so it’s perfect for wildlife enthusiasts to see these elusive beasts.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
A small luxurious tented camp set in the heart of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the shadow of Mount Kenya. The spacious tents are delightful and offer a luxurious under-canvas experience in a peaceful location, on the doorstep of some of the best game-viewing in Laikipia. Kicheche Laikipia Camp is a favourite of ours at Imagine Africa, due to the excellent feedback it repeatedly receives from our clients and from our own experience of the camp.
The camp’s location in the heart of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to East Africa’s largest Black Rhino population together with large numbers of elephant, cheetah, lion and plains game, makes it the ideal location for a luxury safari experience. Your hosts are Andy and Sonja Webb, an extremely knowledgeable and well-experienced management team. The tents are set around a waterhole which is a haven for resident wildlife; game viewing is therefore possible from the comfort of your veranda! The communal area consists of a large interconnected lounge with comfortable sofas set around a big fireplace, and also a dining area. Breakfast and lunch are usually taken alfresco in front of the waterhole, and evening meals within the dining tent. The food is excellent, with all produce being sourced locally from surrounding farms. The six luxurious custom-designed tents are fully insect-proof with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a dresser, flushing toilet and hot showers, a private veranda and an outside hammock, perfect for those afternoon siestas. A family tent is also available, which sleeps up to four guests.
Kicheche Laikipia Camp offers a full selection of game-viewing activities including day and night game drives and guided game walks. Time can be spent with the Lion Tracking Programme which monitors lion in the area, some of which have been collared, allowing guests to track them with a portable satellite dish and send the data back to the research centre on the conservancy. Canoeing on the waterhole in front of the camp is also an option, as well as visits to the Morani Educational centre, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee sanctuary and Northern White Rhino enclosure.
When to go
The Laikipia Plateau has a fantastic climate for much for the year with warm and settled temperatures throughout July and October with cooler conditions at night. The only time to avoid the region is during the long rainy season in April and May as well as November which sees the short rains. During these wet months, the majority of camps and lodges in the area close as roads are impassable and wildlife is harder to spot through the thick vegetation.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Game Drives in Laikipia
Enjoy a game drive across the rocky hills and past the huge acacias and lush springs of the Laikipia region. The perfect habitat for game and wildlife, and home to some rare northern species such as the gerenuk, Besia oryx, Grevy zebra and much more.
Fly camping in Laikipia
Fly-camping in Laikipia is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the bush for an evening. This is not for the faint hearted, you'll be able to hear every movement of the wildlife around you and experience the wonders of the night sky like never before.
Bush walks in Laikipia
A bush walk is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the nature and landscape of Laikipia. Walks usually last around 2-3 hours with an experienced guide who will be on hand to point out animal tracks, small insects and flora and fauna.
Riding with rhinos
Jump on horseback to ride through the 600-acre Endangered Species Enclosure of the Ol Pejeta Reserve to get closer than ever to the last ever three northern white rhinos left in Kenya. This predator-free area is also home to zebra and hartebeest.
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Laikipia and Masai Mara
A spectacular Kenyan safari honeymoon combining the stunning Laikipia Plateau, which offers a diverse activity filled safari in the wildlife filled Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the world class Masai Mara where a traditional big five safari awaits!