African Retreat Tours & Travels Ltd
Windsor House, 5th Flr
Muindi Mbingu St, CBD
P.O. Box 7362-00100, Nairobi - Kenya
Laikipia Safari is one of the popular destinations in Kenya. Laikipia District is a vast plateau to the north west of snow-capped Mount Kenya a mountain climbing Safari hub, in Kenya's Rift Valley Province. It spans an area of over 9,500km??, and forms part of the 40,000km?? Ewaso ecosystem.
The Laikipia plains stretch from the Great Rift Valley to the magnificent escarpments which descend into Northern Frontier District. The region is considered the gateway to Kenya's wild Northern frontier country perfect for Game tracking Safari. Laikipia is Wild and sparsely populated, The area is covered by large privately owned ranches. These ranches cover a wide range of landscapes, with high plains and low forested valleys. On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife. Many ranches now establishing guest houses, home-stays and private camps within their boundaries. Community ranches created by local communities, who have combined small scale farms and grazing land into large group ranches. This allows them to use their traditional lands in a way that is sustainable and productive.
The community ranches are the best place in Kenya to learn more about traditional cultures and their role in modern world. The result is an area of beautiful wilderness, where protected game roams freely and safely. Centred around the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species. The People and land-use: Laikipia is home to ethnically diverse communities, including the Mukogodo Maasai, Kikuyu, and Meru, who live side by side with Europeans, Turkana, Samburu and Pokot. Cattle-rearing on large commercial ranches and community owned rangelands has for many years been the life-blood of the community. As so much of Laikipia has traditionally been used for low intensity grazing it has become a cherished haven for big game.
Wildlife: Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, Laikipia continues to record rising or stable wildlife numbers, in contrast to a declining trend throughout much of the country. Wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region now rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem, whilst the diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya.
The Ewaso ecosystem is home to the second largest population of elephant in Kenya (6,000+) and Laikipia hosts the highest populations of endangered species, such as black rhino (half of Kenya's total population), Grevy's zebra (70% of the world's population), reticulated giraffe, and the only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest in the country, as well as Africa's only expanding population of wild dog. Laikipia's biodiversity is globally unique, yet remarkably Laikipia is not a protected area, and Laikipia's wildlife is entirely sustained by private and communal landowners. A Safari in Laikipia is adventorous and memorable