Lying on the edge of the Northern Frontier, the Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia boasts one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa and is one of the last strongholds of the endangered black rhino.
Despite its scattered mosaic of farms and cattle ranches, it is essentially still a wilderness, a wildlife refuge supporting huge numbers of game. Stretching from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia Plateau is an untouched natural haven where abundant wildlife wanders through spectacular scenery. Vast open plains in the shadow of the snow-capped silhouette of Mount Kenya create a tranquil and secluded setting, where game drives encounter abundant wildlife with not another vehicle in sight.
Two rivers, the Ewaso Ng’iro and Ewasa Narok run through the area, attracting the second largest population of elephant in Kenya. A wild yet romantic haven, Laikipia shelters not only the Big Five but a variety of rare and endangered species, including African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra and the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope.
- A panoramic patchwork of tribal land, conservancies, sweeping cattle ranches and wildlife reserves, Laikipia offers a heady mix of perspectives on conservation – and through the active participation of all parties, it works!
- One of the few areas in Kenya still home to white and black Rhino
- Samburu and Maasai culture at its best – both modern and traditional communities live side by side. In more isolated areas traditional cultures remain nearly unaffected by the modern world.
- A paradise for walkers and active travellers, from camping out in the wild (in relative comfort, of course!) to horse riding in big game country or running with the incredible Maasai at altitudes of 6000ft above sea level
- Unobstructed game corridors make the entire area one massive wilderness area and allow wild animals to follow their natural paths
- Scenic Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa. Activities include scenic flights by helicopter, hiking and fly fishing in its high altitude lakes
- Temperate weather – fairly high altitude, with warm days and cool evenings, spend the day in bright sunshine and the evening in front of a roaring fireplace
Min 20°C/68°F Max 34°C/94°F
Min 11°C/52°F Max 25°C/77°F
- Traveling with ChildrenKenya offers wonderful value for families, with many properties running specialised children’s programmes. Please note that there may be age limits for game drives, walking safaris and adventure activities.
- WildlifeThe “Samburu 5”, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra and Gerenuk, can be found all over Laikipia
- LanguagesMore than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya, although the national language is Swahili. Most Kenyans also understand English.
- Flying to LaikipiaNairobi is the main airport for international flights. From Nairobi local carriers connect to the major tourist destinations in both National Parks and beach areas.
- CurrencyKenyan Shilling (KS) or US Dollar (USD)
Take in bustling Nairobi, perhaps visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and adopt an elephant.
Visit the Nairobi National Park, nestled beside the bustling hub of East Africa.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Maasai Cultural Visits
- Night Game Drives
- Mountain Biking
- Horse Riding Chyulu Hills
- Horse Riding Laikipia
- Bush Walks
- Camel Riding
- Game Drives & Guided Walks
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