Remote and beautiful
The Laikipia Plateau is a remote and beautiful region, with a landscape that includes open grassy plains, high altitude plateaus, acacia bushland, forested valleys and kopjes. The region stretches from the foot of Mount Kenya, to the rim of the Great Rift Valley.
The area is one of the few safari destinations in Kenya where you can view significant numbers of the endangered black rhino. Alongside the rhino, you can also hope to see elephant, Grevy zebras, reticulated giraffe, impala, gazelle, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and a large population of wild dog.
The lodges here are some of the most luxurious in Africa, all offering a fully inclusive safari experience to their guests.
The land is divided into huge wildlife conservancies, which are either privately or communally owned by large-scale ranchers, small subsistence farmers, Masai or Samburu communities. Visitors to the area can enjoy interacting with local communities and seeing first-hand the true lifestyles of those who live here. All the conservancies are totally devoted to wildlife conservation.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a wildlife sanctuary incorporating the Ngare Ndare Forest and covering over 62,000 acres. Once a cattle ranch, the area then became a guarded black rhino sanctuary, and it is now the headquarters for the non-profit Wildlife Conservancy, which has gained a world-wide reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the largest black rhino sanctuary, and is the only area in Kenya where you can see chimpanzees. It also boasts some of the highest predator densities in the country.
Despite the excellent game viewing opportunities and the luxury lodges, Laikipia still remains relatively untouched by the mass safari tourist trade, however.