The Laikipia Eco-System is a 9,500km² plateau made up of large private conservancies and Samburu tribal lands. Laikipia, being private land, has always conserved its wildlife, and is the only area in East Africa where wildlife numbers are increasing. It is also one of the best places to see wild dog. Laikipia enjoys inter-dependent relationships with the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Aberdare Mountains and Mt Kenya.
There are three private conservancies in this area: Loisaba, Lewa and Ol Pejeta:
Loisaba is a 60,000 acre private game conservancy in the heart of Laikipia with the Ewaso Nyiro river on its southern boundary, dramatic escarpments and wildlife plains in the north. Loisaba lies on the edge of the escarpment with the most breathtaking views out over the Laikipia Plateau towards Mt Kenya. Elephant, Lion, Leopard and the rare Wild Dog come to the rivers often crossing through their bit of conservancy.
There are plenty of activities avaialble here to keep everyone occupied for at least a week, though the average length of stay should be 4 nights in order to give yourselves the time to experience all of the activities on offer. The range of activities available to you are day and night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bird walks, mountain biking and quad biking, river rafting and fishing, horse riding, camel riding, visit to Mugie’s Rhino sanctuary. Lewa conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. Lewa re-invests all the profits generated from tourism ( including profits from Lewa Safari Camp ) into its core programmes. When you visit Lewa, you will help thousands of people from different backgrounds and cultures to improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home
Ol Pejeta on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river, within a 100,000 acre wildlife sanctuary right on the equator – Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ol Pejeta Conservancy will offer guests the opportunity for a unique kind of safari experience in Kenya. The aim of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is to take game-viewing and environmental knowledge to a whole new level, and is ideal for those wishing to get a bit more out of their safari. Offering a variety of ‘interactive conservation’ activities, guests are given the opportunity to experience modern wildlife conservation first-hand. Likewise, for those seeking a nature retreat and wishing to distance themselves from a busy schedule, rest, relaxation and independence are all equally encouraged.
Activities available are : Day and night game drives Guided bush walks, you can visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary and go behind-the-scenes (with special permission) , meet Ol Pejeta Researchers and learn about wildlife data and monitoring and participate in some big game tracking e.g. for elephant, rhino and lion, learn about the special techniques of wheat farming with ‘conservation agriculture’ practiced on the ranch. You can also learn about Boran and Ankole cattle pastoral care, and pioneering integration techniques combining cattle and wildlife, watch wildlife from a hide overlooking a waterhole, or even spend an exciting night there (with dinner, drinks, bedding, and night-vision monoculars) and visit a local primary school or medical clinic supported by Ol Pejeta Conservancy
An interesting known fact, is that Ol Pejeta Conservancy has the highest density of wildlife, out of all parks and reserves in Kenya.
Ol Malo is a privately-owned game sanctuary on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya’s wild and beautiful North Eastern Province – 5,000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya and teeming with the elusive antelope from which the land takes its name. In this majestic setting – on a rock escarpment on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau, bordering the tribal heartlands of the nomadic Samburu people – the Francombe family and their Samburu neighbours have created a home for themselves and a dream destination for the privileged few who seek a glimpse into the true heart of Africa.
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