Tailormade Safari Holidays on the Laikipia Plateau

The beautiful Laikipia plateau is a game viewing mecca. Straddling the equator, it’s a mosaic of private and community-owned reserves, conservancies and game ranches, commercial and small-scale farms, all traversed by the herds of Laikipia Masai and Samburu pastoralists.

The Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Its 9 500 km² of dramatic landscapes (including endless plains, spectacular gorges and indigenous forests) host the biggest game densities in Kenya outside the Masai Mara, including the Big 5, the vulnerable reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra and the endangered African wild dog.

Laikipia is home to nearly half of Kenya’s critically endangered black rhino and 70% of its white rhino. Rhino sanctuaries in Lewa, Solio, Borana, Ol Pejeta and Ol Jogi conservancies are at the forefront in protecting both white rhino and black rhino from the threat of poaching.

Mount Kenya National Park and the encircling indigenous forest reserve together form a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, an important habitat for elephant and other wildlife.

Highlights In Laikipia Plateau

  • Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, established by the Jane Goodall Institute, the KWS and Ol Pejeta after civil war forced the closure of a sanctuary in Burundi in 1993. It shelters orphaned and abused chimpanzees from western and central Africa in huge natural enclosures
  • Explore different parts of the expansive Laikipia Plateau on guided walks, horseback safaris or from a game viewing vehicle
  • Join a caravan of camels for a Samburu camel-back safari – a truly unique adventure in Laikipia Plateau
  • Set off on a scenic flight and appreciate the staggering beauty of Laikipia Plateau and the Mount Kenya National Park