Laikipia is a game rich area, and offers plenty for the wildlife enthusiast.
The space, seclusion and privacy of these game sanctuaries give you the total unrestricted freedom to explore and enjoy the wilderness. Many of these ranches incorporate a range of varied habitats and as a result, an equally diverse range of species can be found.
Most of these contiguous properties allow migratory herds to move unobstructed from one ranch to the next. This has resulted in large, healthy populations of game.
This area is a focus for conservation and there are real efforts being
made to breed and protect endangered species, and often by staying at
these properties, guests are contributing directly to local conservation
These ranches are ideal places to see protected populations of Rhino and Elephant.
For guests at these properties, there is a total freedom to discover the
wildlife how and when they want. Laikipia’s ranches specialize in
offering a diverse range of game viewing opportunities, including game
drives night game drives, guided walking, bird walks, camel and
horseback game viewing, and more.
As ever, the best time to see game is early morning and late afternoon,
as in the midday heat, most animals retreat to the cool of thick
undergrowth and become invisible. If you have a particular wildlife or
birding interest, look for a ranch or sanctuary that can offer you
specialized guiding and services to suit your needs.
Trekking (Walking Safari)
Freedom to walk is one of the great advantages of a private sanctuary or ranch. Many properties offer guided game walks, with a local guide who can organize a game walk to suit your own particular interests. Sometimes longer more active hikes and treks can be arranged, with camp equipment and staff provided.
A privately escorted foot safari is the best way to really experience the African bush at its best. Walking through the wilds let you explore the wild at its most pure and visceral. as you track big game, you become aware of every sight and sound, the smell of the earth and the touch of the wind. An expert tracker will teach you the signs to look for, tracks- the individual tracks and spoor, and show you how to use the wind to disguise your scent, and to move silently through thick cover and get up close and personal with the game.
When you are at close range your senses are heightened, and you become increasingly aware of the animal you are watching, how it moves and feeds, how it reacts to its environment. If the animal reacts to your presence, it can be a real adrenaline rush.
There are few experiences as exhilarating as a close encounter with an elephant, lion or buffalo. This is an experience that will make you feel more alive. You will, of course, want to stay alive so make sure that any foot safari is undertaken by a fully trained and responsible guide.
Horse Riding (Horseback Safari)
Some Laikipia ranches have stables with horses for use or hire by guests. Guided rides through the ranch can be arranged. For an experienced rider, this is an exhilarating way of observing game up close.
On many ranches, fishing is possible, either in local rivers or well stocked dams. Tackle and fishing guides are usually provided.
For those with larger travel budgets who wish to cover plenty of ground on their safari, charter helicopters are available. A helicopter is a perfect way to access remote areas quickly and easily, without need for landing strips or clearances. Some of the ranches in Laikipia can arrange 'heli-camping' in which a helicopter is used to transport guests to remote destinations where a luxury camp awaits. This is also an unusual way to see the local landscapes and wildlife.
On some Ranches, there are facilities for shooting facilities. Game bird shooting is possible, and can be arranged in private sanctuaries. Clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged. Shotguns and all equipment is provided.
Many sanctuaries offer mountain bikes for guest use or hire, and guided cycling trips can be arranged.
Camel Safaris are becoming an increasingly popular way to explore the ranches of Laikipia. The camel is perfectly adapted to this landscape and is widely used throughout Northern Kenya. They are usually used for pack animals rather than riding, and are ideal as back up on a trek through the bush. Camels with saddles are usually also supplied for those who want to ride.
Many camel safaris either carry all camping equipment and supplies with them, or use vehicle back up to set up camp ahead of your arrival at a prearranged spot. Gifted local guides, for whom a camel train through the wilderness is a way of life, will accompany you and introduce you to the bush and the local wildlife.
This is a once in a lifetime experience, walking through the bush with only the sounds of the wild and the soft tinkling of the camel bells, you will find yourself travelling at a relaxed pace, moving through the wild in tune with the rhythms of nature.