A safari in Laikipia can be one of the most rewarding experiences in East Africa. Not only is there an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five, but there are also some rare species that are difficult to find elsewhere on the continent.
Laikipia is the home of true wilderness adventures, some rather unique safari holidays, and is one of the best places in Africa to see rhino. Large herds of elephants live on the grassy foothills of Mount Kenya and the more arid regions to the north are famed for exceptional leopard sightings, a true highlight of any tailor-made Laikipa safari holiday.
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Laikipia has experienced some of the greatest conservation success in Africa, having been divided into private ranches and community land to ensure that wildlife and human populations thrive in harmony alongside one another. As a result, the amount of wildlife in Laikipia has risen greatly in recent decades and now contends with places like the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater for the accolade of being Africa’s best safari destination.
The region is located to the north of the Great Rift Valley lakes and stretches from the Aberdare Mountains all the way to the Samburu lands in the north-east. The town of Nanyuki is the gateway to Laikipia and is a 3 - 4 hour drive north of Nairobi, or under 2 hours by air. There are also very good connections with some of Laikipia’s more remote airstrips, including Loisaba and Lewa Downs.
Wild and rugged, Laikipia is the place to come for a safari with a difference. Since the lodges and camps are on private land, opportunities for adventure are endless and include camel riding safaris, tracking game on foot, mountain biking and even fly camping.
In terms of wildlife and biodiversity, a luxury safari in Laikipia can be the highlight of any trip to Kenya. There are over 7,000 elephants in Laikipia, often roaming in enormous herds across the plateau. Lion also number in the hundreds, sometimes forming prides of 30 or more individuals. Laikipia is a fantastic place to see all the big cats, with cheetah enjoying the open grassy plains of the southern and central regions, and leopards preferring the bushland of the semi-arid north.
Rare species like reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, striped hyena and aardwolf all thrive here in Laikipia, along with around 70% of the world’s Grevy’s zebra population. Approximately half of Kenya’s black rhinos are found here and sightings are more common on both game drives and during rhino walking safaris than anywhere else in Africa. So, if you’re wondering where to see rhino on safari, Laikipia is the answer.
African wild dogs can be elusive and their numbers have been in decline over recent years. However, there are several packs of wild dog in Laikipia and the region has become one of the most important ranges for them in Africa. There are a number of tracking projects that work closely with safari accommodation providers, such as Laikipia Wilderness Camp, to give their guests one of the best chances of seeing wild dog in Africa.
Best Places to Stay in Laikipia
Laikipia boasts some of the best safari camps and lodges in Kenya, both for their quality and in the experiences they offer. Whether you’re looking for an authentic tented safari camp or a luxury safari in a high-end lodge or private house, it can be found in Laikipia.
Laikipia family safari favourites include properties such as Sosian Ranch, which offers an incredible range of fun and immersive activities aimed at younger explorers. A family safari in Laikipia is one of the greatest adventures on earth, and these ranches offer flexible days out to cater for all guests, as well as allowing parents some relaxation time of their own.
A bespoke safari in Laikipia goes hand in hand with conservation as a result of the tourism blueprint that has been implemented in the region. It is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking an element of wildlife conservation within their safari holiday, or for those interested in learning more about the work being carried out to protect the animals and the environment. Stays at Borana Lodge or on the neighbouring Lewa Downs Conservancy put visitors into the heart of one of the best areas to see wildlife in the world. The area is also at the forefront of innovation in conservation, a fascinating addition to any African safari.
Hand-picked Camps and Lodges
Best Time to Visit Laikipia
The best time to visit Laikipia is during the dry season between June and September, when there is little or no rain, and animals congregate around water sources, making sightings easy.
During the shoulder season between October and March the skies are more likely to be cloudy with some short rain showers, but it also means fewer tourists, and wildlife viewing remains excellent.
Some lodges close during the wet season in April and May, and heavy rainfall means travel is difficult and not recommended during this period.
Weather During the Year
How to Book a Laikipia Safari Holiday
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