This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya’s
wild Northern frontier country. Wild and sparsely populated, much of
Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches.
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 proven a great success, and many
ranches now rely on a thriving tourist trade. Importantly, community ranches have also formed.
Conserving more than just wildlife, but also a
way of life.
These are sanctuaries
created by local communities, who have combined small scale farms and
grazing land into large group ranches.
Once again, the tourist trade has
proved infinitely more profitable than agriculture or herding, and this
allows them to use their traditional lands in a way that is sustainable
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 role in modern world.
The result is an area of beautiful wilderness, where protected game roams freely and safely.
Centred around the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species.
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 will have the chance to set your own schedules, explore at your own pace, and discover the wild in your own way.