Laikipia Plateau

Laikipia Plateau

Laikipia is truly one of Kenya’s treasures, from its geology and landscapes to its vast and unique biodiversity. It ranges in elevation from 1,700-2,550 meters, (averaging about 2,010 meters; Kareri 2009), and acts as a sort of bridge between the base of Mount Kenya and the edge of the Great Rift Valley. The Laikipia plateau – on which Loisaba Conservancy is located – is one of Kenya’s biggest stretches of wilderness: more than two million acres of private ranchland stretching from Mount Kenya to the Rift Valley. While some of the ranchers within the area still farm cattle, many of them – like Loisaba – have torn down their fences to allow wild animals to roam freely and elephants to migrate along an ancient wildlife corridor.

As a result, the area has become one of the finest wildlife destinations in East Africa. On a drive, one might see exactly the same game you’d get in a large national park such as the Maasai Mara: herds of antelope, buffalo, and elephant, as well as rarer species such as wild dog, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.

Activities include: Bush walks, birding, game viewing, mountain biking and horse riding.

 

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