Where is Laikipia?
This spectacular region is the gateway to Kenya’s wild Northern Frontier District. Wild and sparsely populated, much of Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches.
How big is the park?
In total … about the size of Wales!
Access to the park
There are 3 commercial airstrips that take scheduled flights from Wilson airport, Nairobi. In addition nearly every lodge has its own private strip. It would be a long drive from Nairobi (7 or 8 hrs).
Habitats of Laikipia
These ranches cover a wide range of landscapes, with high plains and low forested valleys. On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife. In recent years this wildlife has become a valuable asset, with many ranches now establishing guest houses, homestays and private camps within their boundaries. This has proved a great success and many ranches now rely on a thriving safari trade and have removed their domesticated animals.
Elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic northern species such as the gerenuk (an antelope) and Grevy’s zebra.
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Community ranches have also formed which are wildlife sanctuaries, created by local communities, who have combined small scale farms and grazing land into a single large area. Once again, the tourist trade has proved infinitely more profitable than agriculture or herding which allows communities to use their traditional lands in a way that is sustainable and productive. Significantly, they are conserving more than just wildlife, but also a way of life. These ranches have bolstered a sense of local identity and strengthened community ties. These community ranches are the best place in Kenya to learn more about traditional cultures and their place in modern world. The result is an area of beautiful wilderness, where protected game roams freely and safely.
Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts and some ranches have become breeding sanctuaries for rhinoceros. On Ol Pejeta a refuge for Chimpanzees rescued from the pet and bush meat trade has been established.
Visiting a private ranch in this region is an ideal way of exploring the Kenyan wilderness while getting off the well beaten paths of the National Parks.
The real attraction of Laikipia is a wonderful sense of freedom. Not just the freedom of wide open spaces, but freedom of choice. Staying on a private ranch gives a wide range of options for both activities and relaxation. Game viewing tends to be more intimate and adventurous.
The emphasis here is on personal services, backed up by excellent local knowledge and guiding. As a personal guest, you’ll have the chance to set your own schedules, explore at your own pace, and discover the wild in your own way.