As scenically beautiful as it is exclusive, a Laikipia Plateau safari offers an invigoratingly wild landscape alive with the highest concentration of large mammals in Kenya. Expect large elephant herds, incredible plains game and big cats populating this enormous area of wilderness. Including both Lakipia's private and community owned areas the conservancy stretches a massive 9,500km².
Some of the sanctuaries within Lakipia are rightfully quite famous, Ol Pejeta being one of the more illustrious and easily reached by visitors. Renowned for its work with black rhino, Ol Pejeta is the largest sanctuary for the critically endangered creatures in all of East Africa, cementing it as a conservation hotspot. The Lewa Conservancy is also noteworthy. Aside from a population of rhino, cheetah and the world's biggest population of Grevy's zebra, fantastic wildlife sightings are accompanied by a unique archaeological site dating back some 800,000 years.
Lakipia's exclusive lodges and private reserves pride themselves on providing a luxury experience unique to the rest of Kenya, offering superbly managed accommodation and activities, such as night drives, horse riding and guided walks, that aren't possible in official reserves.
For a true off the beaten track experience Lakipia's northern sector is by far the most remote section of the Plateau. Denser wilderness and the chance to explore on foot characterise this area - the chance to view lion, elephant and other big game outside of a vehicle is incredibly exhilarating and certainly a highlight.
The rich culture of the Samburu people is not to be missed; their traditions and colourful way of life is best absorbed with a visit to the small town of Maralal - the unofficial capital of this captivating tribe.
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Lewa Safari Camp is situated in a stunning private conservancy and offers not only fantastic views of Mt. Kenya but comfortable accommodation and incredible game viewing as well.
Boasting striking architecture and a distinctive sense of style, Segera Retreat is a stunning property in the Laikipia Plateau that offers the chance to join foot patrols and plant trees in the Wangary Maathai Memorial Forest. The lodge practices strong eco-initiatives and gives something back to the local community,
A small intimate lodge, this stunning lodge is found in the stunning Laikipia Plateau. Take the chance to see both black and white rhino in the wild, relax in spacious rooms and enjoy breath-taking views.
Regarded as one of Kenya's most exclusive safari lodges, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is an all-villa property in the Laikipia region, offering spectacular views and a private and relaxing experience, all in a pristine wilderness environment.
Found in the heart of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and overlooking a waterhole, this is a charming tented camp that offers spectacular views of Mount Kenya and the chance to see rarer species such as Grevys Zebra and Jacksons Hartebeest.
A private home, situated in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa House offers an opportunity to enjoy the incredible wildlife of the conservancy and to learn more about its pioneering conservation and community work.
A unique experience of sleeping out under the stars in a Star Bed with views of the Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy.
Located in the Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy, Loisaba Tented Camp offers luxury accommodation, dramatic views across the Laikipia plains to snow capped Mount Kenya and a host of activities.
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