Set in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau is a patchwork quilt of conservancies home to endangered species. In Laikipia, Kenya’s last packs of hyena-like, bat-eared wild dogs scour the plains and black rhinos graze, protected by private rangers. Stretching all the way to the Great Rift Valley’s rim, the area is divided into private ranches and reserves, many controlled by native landowners like the Maasai, Laikipia and Samburu people, who generate income from intimate safari tourism. These initiatives have made Laikipia a shining conservation star, creating a biodiverse haven with a wildlife density second only to the famous Maasai Mara.
Stay in luxury lodges and tented camps that help to protect Africa’s finest: golden-maned lions, Jackson’s hartebeest and half the world’s population of Grevy’s zebra. As you cruise the plains by jeep, you’ll pass herds of impalas or gazelle and spot shy cheetahs and towering giraffes traversing the hilly savannah. You might even glimpse thousands of elephants making their yearly migration from Laikipia to Samburu during the Long Rains. At the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you’ll find rescued chimps and east Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary, which protects half of the country’s scant population of these fabled creatures.
Experience Laikipia’s opulent lodges and safaris with help from our destination experts, who can arrange conservation-focused tours.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.
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