Laikipia district Kenya
is located in the central region of Kenya, on the equator. The stunning scenery is home to vast open plains in the shadows of Mount Kenya, Laikipia has something for everyone, from wildlife conservation, activity holidays & safaris or spa retreats, horse riding safari, luxury mobile tented camps, hotels accommodation
There is an annual Lewa Downs Cross Country marathon, a grueling 26 mile race at 3,000 meters. Wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region now rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya, and the Big 5 are frequently seen.
Laikipia district is also home to Kenya’s black rhino, a protected species and the second largest herds of elephant in Kenya. It is also the only area in
Kenya to view the Jackson’s Hartebeest. The diverse scenery from the edge of the Great Rift Valley, to the peaks of Mount Kenya, with dusty plains and verdant grasslands, interspersed with rocky hills, rivers, and waterholes. The so-called “Ewaso ecosystem” is larger than all of Kenya’s protected areas except Tsavo and has more wildlife than all other parks and reserves except the Maasai Mara.
The Ngwesi Group Ranch is at the north eastern edge of Laikipia District. It straddles the wildlife migratory corridor between Laikipia and the wider Samburu ecosystem. The Ranch is one of the Kenya’s critical ecotourism areas as it provides the best ecotourism activities with a high diversity and abundance of wildlife, including the large cats and the recently introduced hand raised black rhino ‘Omni’.
The Ranch is wholly owned by the Maasai community of Mukogodo Division in Laikipia District and is the location of a 16-bed eco-lodge, which is set within a dedicated conservation area of 16,500 acres.
The tourist fraternity are actively involved in environmental conservation over the years has been supporting the Ranch to keep the initiative sustainable.
In addition, the enthusiastic community members always benefit from the Ranch. Among the benefits are conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, growth of partnerships, positive and lasting changes within the community, transferability of ideas, community empowerment, gender equity, and social inclusion.
The date for 2010's Safaricom Marathon on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
is June 2010. The Safaricom Lewa Marathon kicked off in 2000 with the aim of raising funds for conservation and community projects around Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Meru areas.
The marathon attracts competitors from all over the world. Big groups of runners enter from the United States and United Kingdom. Runners from Australia, India, Europe and Canada also participate.
Over 650 runners take part in the full and half marathon with an additional 100 children competing in the 5km fun run. Already, over 30 corporate organizations have also confirmed participation in this year's event. The
marathon is run on dirt roads, over two 21km loop for the half-marathon- through the Conservancy.
Over time, the Safaricom Lewa marathon has gained reputation as one for being one of the ten toughest marathon events in the world.
Run on a rough terrain and under harsh climatic conditions, it is an enticing experience which has continued to inspire distance runners and athletic fans alike. The grueling marathon is also unique in that it is run within a game reserve located at an average altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level.
How to get to Lewa by road from Nairobi - Take the Thika road out of Nairobi. Pass through Thika, Makuyu and Karatina. Turn right before Nyeri Town (about 16km before the town there are signs to Buffalo Springs and Samburu). Pass through Naro Moru, Nanyuki, and Timau. Approximately 10km further on is the Meru/Isiolo junction. Turn left at this junction heading towards Isiolo. Approx 3km further on at the bottom of the hill on the left hand side is the main entrance to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Mutamaiyu House – Laikipia -
Mutamaiyu House is located on Mugie Ranch situated at the northern end of the Laikipia plateau in northern Kenya. Described by a recent visitor as "Heaven on a Hill", it is a magnificent family owned house built in a grove of ancient, twisting olive trees.
Mugie Ranch is a forty-nine thousand acre working ranch that rolls out across the Laikipia plains on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, home now to all the "Big Five" since the introduction of rhino in 2002.
Loisaba safari lodge
has 7 rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and private deck built into the escarpment. All the furniture is handmade and the lodge has a swimming pool and tennis court. There is also a two bedroom cottage available with a private garden and cliff-top swimming pool – perfect
for honeymooners or families. A few miles from the main lodge are the celebrated Koija and Kiboko Star Beds. These are spacious cottages on a raised deck overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. Each has en-suite facilities and romantic four poster beds that are rolled out for a night under the stars.
In addition to night-time and day-time game drives and bush walks, the ranch has camels, horses and mountain bikes. At an additional cost, guests may also make use of Loisaba’s helicopter, micro-light or aeroplane to explore the wilderness from the air.
Borana Safari lodge
is an exclusive lodge perched on the edge of a valley meandering out of the Laikipia Plateau. Blending into the craggy stone outcrops of the escarpment, the lodge has 6 holiday cottages clustered around a main building.
A peaceful infinity pool overlooks a waterhole where animals come to drink, and activities include game drives, bush walks, camel safaris and horse riding.
Ol Malo Lodge Hotel
is in Laikipia and has four wonderful cottages built from natural rock with thatched roofs and ancient olive wood furniture. Ol Malo means ‘place of the greater Kudu’ and there is an attractive infinity swimming pool whose far edge overlooks a waterhole where leopard, elephant, buffalo and plains game regularly come to drink.
is a striking safari lodge
perched high on a cliff above the Ewaso Nyiro River in Laikipia. Unique in design, the main lodge and 5 cottages are all open fronted with dramatic views into the river gorge and towards the distant outline of Mt Kenya. The Sabuk Lodge has beautiful twisted hardwood furniture, huge day beds and separate cushioned areas geared to make life easy for families. Lots of holiday activities are offered including camel safaris and overnight fly camping
Tassia Lodge captures all elements of the African bush, tranquil beauty combined with excitement and adventure. The dramatic setting of the lodge, perched on the edge of the Mokogodo escarpment, gives a mesmerizing view of the Northern Frontier District and the sacred Lolokwe Mountain. Tassia was built for the Mokogodo Massai, allowing a symbiotic relationship with community and conservation. The lodge’s distinctive architecture is of Maasai origin and is inspired by the surrounding area. The six individual rooms are all en-suite, with their own unrivalled view. The open plan sitting and dining area offers a spectacular vista over the natural rock swimming pool and on to the 60,000 acre Lekurruki conservation area
Elephant Watch Safari Camp - The Elephant Watch Safari Camp, perched on a sloping riverbank beneath great Kigelia and Acacia trees, is home to some of the largest elephant bulls in Samburu. Greater Kudu and impalas stop by to eat seedpods, as do a multitude of birds and monkeys, and sometimes a leopard comes to hunt in the darkness.
Lewa Safari Camp is situated in the foothills of Mount Kenya in the privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The conservancy has gained a reputation for being a pioneer in wildlife preservation. A member of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, the conservancy is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to preserve wildlife within its borders.
El Karama Lodge - El Karama Ranch/Reserve, situated on the Laikipia Plateau between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley, is a family owned and run ranch.
At an altitude of 5700 feet the climate is pleasant, and the scenery: rolling savannah and bushland, rocky ranges of hills and meandering rivers is pristine and beautiful.
Porini Rhino Camp is located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion) as well a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees and also incorporates the smaller Sweetwater’s Game Reserve.
Kicheche Laikipia - This small camp is set on the equator, in the heart of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, at the foot of Mount Kenya.
The tents are nestled at the edge of an indigenous forest and overlook a permanent waterhole. Kicheche Laikipia has six well appointed tents with adjoining bathrooms and generous veradahs, providing great views over the waterhole and Mount Kenya. There is also a dining and lounge tent, although meals are frequently taken outside, weather permitting.
African Safaris and Adventures will take you on what will be the most intimate experience of Kenya you could ever imagine. This Laikipia safari is designed for an extremely small group of ambitious wildlife adventure.
A Laikipia Led Safari provides a unique perspective from where a guest can see the beauty of northern Kenya through the eyes of some of its people. Our Laikipia Led Safaris incorporate the same routes that our tours and Luxury holidays and vacations do, but because these safaris use a slightly lighter camp, they cost less to organize and that savings can be passed on to our guests. Beer and Wine as well as excellent meals are all provided on each Laikipia safari. . A safari in Laikipia provides a similar experience to our Luxury holiday but with a slightly more modest tent and optional visits to a local Masai homestead would be at an extra cost. All our guides speak excellent English and travel with an excellent team of trackers, camp staff, camel staff and fine cooks. All of the itineraries for our walking safaris in northern Kenya are feasible for a Laikipia vacation but it is also possible for us to go on shorter trips. Even a two night trip is possible and this has been popular with people interested in trekking between Luxury Laikipia Lodges.
Laikipia Photo Safari - Embarking on the Wildlife Photo Safari that you have been dreaming of, whether it's a Photo Safari Honeymoon, a Kenyan Photo Safari or an African Safari Holiday (which includes both East and South Africa), your dream can come true by signing up for an African Photo Safari with African safaris Adventures. Our Safari Guides have personally escorts all our African Wildlife Safari groups from the time they arrive in Africa to the time they depart. They will personally greet you at the airport, unlike most other safari companies where taxi drivers normally pick you up. After all, you have traveled thousands of miles to get to Africa and should be pampered and taken care of from the minute you arrive.
What sets us apart from the rest of the tour companies in Kenya? We know first hand how important it is to have a competent safari guide escorting you throughout your entire Kenya safari adventure. The majority of travel companies doing African safari holiday business do not provide guides for their groups. If a client has a special request, to whom do they turn? Having a knowledgeable person with you will not only give you peace of mind, but will enhance your Kenya safari holiday experience as well. If you want a Wildlife Photo Safari different from the standard safari vacation, plan your next safari us. Our genuine concern for clients and what they experience while on safari is what makes our African wildlife safaris special. It doesn’t matter which African Photo Safari you select; a Kenya Photo Safari; a Photo Safari Honeymoon; a Tanzania Photo Safari or an African Safari Vacation that includes East Africa, you are in for the best “Safari Adventure” of your life!