Sprawling on the edge of the northern Kenyan frontier, stretching from the slopes of Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley, is the Laikipia Plateau. It’s an area of vast open spaces and untamed wilderness where some of Kenya’s most encouraging conservation success stories are unfolding. A natural haven made up of ranches and conservancies, conservationists have made a conscious effort over time to create a safe place for communities and wildlife to exist hand-in-hand to maintain and protect the unique biodiversity in the region.
Seemingly infinite plains, engulfed in the shadow of the mighty snow-capped silhouette of Mt Kenya, create a tranquil and secluded setting where game drives encounter a thriving wildlife population, including black rhino, African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and desert warthog, with few other vehicles in sight. Containing a higher large mammal population than any other protected or unprotected landscape in Kenya, outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Laikipia has a rich and varied biodiversity harbouring a wealth of endangered and rare species.
Steeped in history boasting an unrivalled patchwork of cattle ranches, tribal land and community-run wildlife conservancies, Laikipia is the ideal adventurer’s playground, perfect for travellers looking to feel the ground beneath their feet, walk in the wild and become immersed in their natural surrounds.