Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region and Ewaso eco-system now rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem, whilst the diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya.
The Ewaso eco-system is home to the second largest population of elephant in Kenya (5,400) and the area hosts the highest populations of endangered species in the country. Laikipia supports seven heavily protected rhino sanctuaries, which together hold over half of Kenya’s black rhino population.
Laikipia has a unique combination of dry and cool weather, climatic gradients being influenced by the presence of Mount Kenya (5,199 metres) and the Aberdare highlands (3,999 metres). There is great variation in rainfall from year to year.
Wildlife - The diversity of large mammals is higher than any other area with elephant, rhino, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Lelwel hartebeest, wild dog and large numbers of other large predators.
Activities - Wildlife related activities (day and night), walking, hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, camel and horse riding and fly camping.
Getting there - By Road - Access by road from Nairobi, Samburu, Nakuru. By Air - Nanyuki airfield is the hub for scheduled and charter flights linking Laikipia with destinations such as Samburu and the Masai Mara. Most tourism facilities in the region have private airfields for charter flights.
Where to stay - The ranches and sanctuaries offer an interesting range of accommodation to suit all individual tastes and interests. These range from special private camps, guesthouses, homestays and luxury tented camps.