The Laikipia area of northern Kenya is the country’s latest safari hotspot. Vast tracts of private land, once farms or private ranches, now make up some of Kenya’s finest game reserves. Many are privately owned, and offer the chance for a more varied (and often hands-on) experience than a visit to a National Park would. These are often places where ranchers live side by side with traditional communities and domestic cattle and big game drink from the same waterholes.
Many of the Laikipia conservancies offer night game drives and walking safaris, and perhaps the chance to see the reserve from atop a camel or on a riding safari. Some of the conservancies have spectacular Big Five game viewing (Lewa and Ol Pejeta for instance), whilst others do fantastic conservation work and have a very special relationship with the local community. Each conservancy is unique as the people who live and work there- but once we’ve spoken to you we’ll be able to suggest what suits you best, whether it’s the thrill of jogging through a Big Five game reserve, or a behind the scenes insight into managing a wildlife conservancy in the 21st century.
Our pick of places to stay in Laikipia: