Stretching from the snow-capped slopes of Mount Kenya to the jagged rim of the Great Rift Valley, Laikipia is a vast, two million acre wildlife destination in the equatorial region of Kenya. In size alone, Laikipia is second only to Tsavo, while its wildlife densities and constraint-free safari experiences continue to challenge even that of the famed Maasai Mara. Indeed, the Laikipia Plateau boasts one of the biggest and most diverse mammal populations in Kenya as well as a wealth of endangered species, including increasing populations of wild dogs, roughly half of Kenya’s 600 black rhinos, and half of the world’s Grevy’s zebras. It is also home to the most elephants outside of Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves, with more than 2,000 migrating between it and the Mount Kenya and Samburu regions.
The Laikipia experience is defined by its freedom and diversity. Since Laikipia lies outside the jurisdiction of Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves, visitors often find themselves without the constrictions of game vehicles. Night game drives, guided nature walks, bike tours, ATV safaris, horseback riding, and camel treks – all prohibited in most parks – are just some of the numerous safari activities that exist only in Laikipia. From bush walks with expert Maasai guides to thrilling helicopter tours above the plateau, there is something for everyone in Laikipia. And with an area roughly the size of Wales, there is plenty of room to feel like it is all your own.
Laikipia is also where some of Kenya’s most exciting and effective conservation efforts are unfolding. The entire region is a patchwork of privately or communally owned ranches, wildlife conservancies, or small-scale subsistence farms, all of which live in harmony alongside the wildlife and offer high levels of community involvement and access to the native Laikipia Maasai and Samburu people. From Ol Pejeta to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the goal of all Laikipia properties is to protect the wildlife, promote a personalized and intimate luxury safari tourism industry, and empower the native communities.
To include a wholly unique Laikipia experience in your next luxury Kenya safari, contact Ker & Downey today.