Laikipia / You won’t need to escape from the crowds here
Laikipia harbours a huge number of endangered species, including roughly half of Kenya’s 600-odd black rhinos. As browsers rather than grazers, black rhinos do well in the same environment as cattle as long as the bush isn’t cleared. Also on the increase in Laikipia are wild dogs, with several packs here and good chances of seeing them: Laikipia is now their second most important range in Africa. Spotting Grevy’s zebras –the handsome, radar-eared, fine-striped species – is almost a certainty, as a quarter of Africa’s remaining population lives in Laikipia. You can find most of Kenya’s more common wildlife in Laikipia, too, as well as more than 2,000 elephants, which migrate between the slopes of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia safari conservancies and the Samburu region.
The animals in Laikipia, especially the rarer species, tend to be closely managed, with predators often radio-collared in order to track them, and wildlife rangers monitoring individual rhinos, keeping an eye on them day and night. While this might strike you as unnatural, it’s hard to argue with the results – better understanding of animal movements, behaviour and population trends, and even occasional opportunities for visitors to be directly involved in wildlife conservation activities.
Visiting Laikipia on safari
The animals in Laikipia, especially the rarer species,
tend to be closely managed, with predators often radio-collared in order to track them, and wildlife rangers monitoring individual rhinos, keeping an eye on them day and night. While this might strike you as unnatural, it’s hard to argue with the results – better understanding of animal movements, behaviour and population trends, and even occasional opportunities for visitors to be directly involved in wildlife conservation activities.
The Lewa Marathon
If you’re a runner, you might want to know about the Lewa Marathon, run on the conservancy every June to raise funds for conservation and development. You could combine a safari with running with the wildlife, along with more then than 1,000 other entrants from Kenya and around the world.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
The Conservancy is nestled at the foothills of Mount Kenya and is home to some of the continent’s most endangered species
the black rhino and the Grevy’s zebra. Its also home to 350 bird species and 70 mammal species so you’ll have a great chance to see all of the ‘big five’ — lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos — well as specialised northern species: Reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Gerenuk, Beisa oryx. Lewa is home to some of Africa’s critically endangered species, notably the black rhino and Grevy’s zebra. The Conservancy has been hugely successful in conservation of the native black rhino. Lewa includes the rolling grasslands of Lewa Downs and a mixture of riverine woodland, scrubby bush and open plains – an excellent range of environments for a very wide variety of game.
Where to stay
Guests convene in a spacious central building that houses
the dining and sitting rooms, with a fully-stocked bar, two large fireplaces and plenty of places to curl up with a book (or with each other). A neighboring library is equipped with a large flat-screen television, blue-ray DVD player and a computer and printer, with WIFI available throughout. A covered outside terrace furnished with numerous comfortable sofas and armchairs provides a place for al fresco dining and a great vantage point from which to watch the many phases of the setting sun. A short walk along a path that lights up at night brings guests to the heated infinity swimming pool, next to a pool house with sitting, dining and bar area and massage rooms
Our dramatic, thatched main house is the focal common area,
with the accommodation being separate cottages around the grounds, each with unique views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier. If you need to stay connected, that will be easy with our Wifi. Activities: Game drives, Helicopter rides, Nature walks, Camel and Horse rides.
Lewa Safari Camp
Lewa Safari Camp is the only tourist
facility within the Conservancy that is owned by the Conservancy. With over 70 recorded mammal species within the conservancy, for guests, the wildlife experience is unrivalled. Activities: Guided Walks, Swimming, Bush Breakfast & Sundowners, Spa Treatments, Horse riding, Cultural Visits, Weddings & Honeymoons
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