The Laikipia Plateau in central Kenya is largely comprised of privately owned ranches that have been merged by local communities to create vast conservancies. Home to ethnically diverse communities including the Mukogodo Maasai and Samburu, these indigenous tribes people have joined together in partnership with the settlers and ranchers to create a conservation and wildlife haven spanning two million acres (800,000 hectares) of savannah. Wild and sparsely populated, this region has become a global example of good conservation practice and leadership.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which sprawls over the Laikipia plains, has recently been declared a World Heritage site. The peaks of Mount Kenya dominate the views to the south and rolling red hills spread north with long-ranging vistas. Home to over 10% of Kenya’s entire Black Rhino population and 14% of their White Rhino population, Lewa also hosts a myriad of wildlife, including an array of rare species ranging from the Grevy’s zebra to Sitatunga and Beisa Oryx.
A variety of accommodation in beautiful, private homesteads are on offer in the region, with a range of safari experiences including camel-riding, horse riding, cycling, helicopter scenics, biplanes, walks and 4×4 game-drives.