LAIKIPIA

Laikipia

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Name: Laikipia
Country: Kenya

Laikipia District is a vast plateau to the north west of snow-capped Mount Kenya, straddling the equator at the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province. The Laikipia plains stretch from the Great Rift Valley to magnificent escarpments that descend into the Northern Frontier District.

Increasing acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, wildlife population densities in the Laikpia region and Ewaso eco-system now rank second to the internationally renowned Masai Mara ecosystem, whilst the diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya. The Ewaso eco-system is home to the second largest population of elephant in Kenya (5,400) and the area hosts the highest populations of endangered species in the country.

Laikipia supports seven heavily protected rhino sanctuaries, which together hold over half of Kenya’s black rhino population. Laikipia has a unique combination of dry and cool weather, climatic gradients being influenced by the presence of Mount Kenya (5,199 metres) and the Aberdare highlands (3,999 metres). There is great variation in rainfall from year to year.

Laikipia is the destination for the true lovers of authentic wellness. Laikipia has one of the most exclusive lodges that can be found in Kenya. For the active traveler Laikipia plateau lends itself perfectly for hikes, horseback or camel through the pristine landscape of hills and savannas and impressive vistas. Most of Laikipia lodges and camps also offer adventure activities such as rock climbing, river rafting, fishing, mountain biking and hiking trails with a quad.

Wildlife

The diversity of large mammals is higher than any other area with elephant, rhino, Grevy’s, zebra, reticulated giraffe, Lelwel, wild dog and large numbers of other large predators. Game drives encounter abundant wildlife with not another vehicle in sight. A wild yet romantic haven, Laikipia shelters not only the Big Five but a variety of rare and endangered species, including the semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope.

Climatic Conditions

Mean annual rainfall varies from 400mm in the north-east to 900mm in the south-west. On average over 80 percent of days are rain-free. The long rains from March to May followed less rain between July and September, with cooler temperatures and high winds. The warmest months are December and January, which also have the least rainfall.

Major Attractions

  • Rich wildlife, including the Big Five
  • Remote and secluded Reserve with spectacular landscapes
  • Sanctuary for both black and white rhino
  • Diverse tribal cultures, from Laikipia to Maasai and Samburu

Access

By Road: Access by road from Nairobi (190 km), Mount Kenya , Aberdare, Samburu and Nakuru

By Air: Nanyuki airstrip is the hub for scheduled and charter flights linking Laikipia with destinations such as Samburu and the Masai Mara. Most tourism facilities in the region have private airfields for charter flights.

Best Time to visit

All months except: April, May and November, during the rainy season.

Activities

  • Wildlife related (day and night)
  • Walking and hiking
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Camel
  • Horse riding
  • Fly camping
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