Nestled in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kenya lies the stunning Laikipia Plateau, where a network of private conservancies and wildlife reserves work tirelessly to protect and preserve endangered species. African wild dogs, Grevy zebras, and black rhinos call this place home, and the ranches here offer some of the most high-end accommodations and up-close wildlife encounters available.
At Ol Pejeta, visitors can witness the majesty of the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, home to two of the world’s only remaining northern white rhinos. Lions, buffalos, elephants, zebras, leopards, impalas, gazelles, vervet monkeys, and cheetahs also roam freely here, offering unrivalled opportunities for game viewing, bush walks, camping, and lion tracking.
Ol Jogi Conservancy is Kenya’s second-largest rhino sanctuary, as well as a working cattle ranch with a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic serving the entire Laikipia region. Here, visitors can spot reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, African wild dogs, cheetahs, kudus, Laikipia hartebeests, and Potab, the only bear in Africa.
For a more leisurely experience, The Scenic waterfalls of Thompson Falls beckon from a few kilometres outside Nyahururu town, offering a tranquil respite amid one of the highest hippo pools in Kenya. And the nearby Panari Resort boasts breathtaking views and luxurious amenities.
Mugie Conservancy is another private wildlife paradise located in Laikipia, home to over 100 species of birds and numerous animals, including buffalos, elephants, Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests, and storks. Visitors can opt for exquisite accommodations in tented camps while embarking on game-viewing activities, bird watching, camping, and bush walks.