In the shadow of Mount Kenya and directly north of Nairobi lies the idyllic Laikipia Plateau, renowned for its exceptional wildlife and cultural diversity. This invigoratingly wild landscape has the highest concentration of large mammals in Kenya. Expect large elephant herds, incredible plains game, and big cats populating this enormous area of remote wilderness.
Some of the sanctuaries within Laikipia 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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