Luxury Holidays to Laikipia

Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild and rugged country in the central highlands of Kenya - running from the foot of Mt Kenya in the East to the rim of the Rift Valley in the west. Laikipia itself lies outside the jurisdiction of National Parks, and is somewhere to get out of a vehicle and embrace a completely different kind of safari.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Much of Laikipia consists of private game reserves which aren't restricted by National Park rules, so there are more diverse ways to see game than stuck in the back of a 4x4, like on walking safaris
  • Enjoy a sundowner from the top of a deserted rocky outcrop - you'll witness the most jaw dropping 360 degree view of staggering scenery, completely unspoilt by man

Laikipia Safaris: The Detail

The eastern escarpment of the Rift Valley, known as the Laikipia Plateau, is divided into a patchwork of enormous ranches and small subsistence farms. Over the years, and with cooperation from their owners, these farms have been transformed into game reserves and now contain some of the most exclusive and luxurious lodges in this remote and still relatively untouched part of Kenya. Many of the lodges are owner-run by families who have grown up in the area and transformed their beautiful homes into boutique lodges to welcome guests, thus providing a real 'home from home' kind of stay.

There are activities galore in Laikipia, from traditional game drives or tracking game on foot to horse or camel riding safaris accessing remote areas that vehicles cannot get to. In addition, there are quad bikes, mountain bikes, inflatable tubes for drifting down rivers, and fly camping. Visiting local Samburu markets and manyattas (local farm areas) and getting involved with the local culture is also highly recommended.

The Laikipia terrain is wonderfully varied, with the escarpment giving way to wooded acacia gorges, tangled riverine thickets, cedar forests and kopjes. These plains have historically been used for low intensity cattle grazing, and so remain the perfect habitat for big game as well. In fact, overall Laikipia now has the second highest wildlife density of any region in the country bar the Masai Mara. The plateau itself has a considerable animal population and is one of the last refuges of the endangered black rhino. As well as having the largest elephant population outside of Kenya's national parks and reserves you can also see Grevy zebras, impala, gazelle, lion, leopard, buffalo, and wild dog.

We at Original Travel are huge fans of this area and feel that a safari to Kenya would not be complete without a few days spent in this area. In fact, due to the sheer variety of places to stay and activities on offer, the area works well for those looking to spend up to a week or two in Kenya and without necessarily moving around too much. Have a look at our safari houses section and rent a private house in the bush for a week or two and pack it with family and friends. This also combines well with a private beach house on the coast.


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There's such a wonderful variety of fun activities available in Laikipia, including horse riding, mountain biking, kayaking and probably the most special, getting to know the local tribes on walking safaris.

Ra, Original Traveller

A note on price

At the cheaper end of the luxury scale, you can be driven around Kenya for around £3,500 per person, but if you're keen to do a full helicopter safari, expect to pay significantly more. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 1.1 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

8:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs


Top picks for Laikipia

Sabuk Lodge

Sabuk Lodge

Laikipia

Sabuk sleeps a maximum of twelve guests in thatched rondavels (circular cottages) dotted along the cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Where to stay

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Laikipia

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is a very comfortable traditional bush camp set in nearly 100,000 acres in the Laikipia region of central Kenya, right on the Equator.

Where to stay

Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy

Laikipia

A 60,000-acre private game ranch where the farm management and local Laikipia Maasai & Samburu communities work in harmony to preserve the environment and wildlife including Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

Where to stay

Il Pinguan

Il Pinguan

Laikipia

Recently featured in Tatler, The Field and Vanity Fair, Kamogi is a low key and laidback private ranch which is the perfect place for families & friends. Ideal for summer, half terms, Christmas & Easter holidays.

Where to stay

Ol Lentille

Ol Lentille

Laikipia

A collection of four luxury private houses set on a 40,000-acre private conservation area (that's three times the size of Manhattan), 50 miles north of Mt Kenya.

Where to stay

Lewa House

Lewa House

Laikipia

At the heart of Lewa Conservancy, the family run Lewa House is perched on top of a hill looking over Mount Kenya on one side, and the Mathews Range and Ol Olokwe on the other.

Where to stay

Sosian

Sosian

Laikipia

A privately-owned game ranch that has recently been renovated to offer seven double-bedded cottages with en-suite bathrooms set in tropical garden.

Where to stay

Sirikoi

Sirikoi

Laikipia

Sirikoi is a beautiful lodge built on private land, surrounded by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya.

Where to stay

Laikipia Walking Safaris

Laikipia Walking Safaris

Laikipia

Laikipia is rugged, undulating, rocky, beautiful, wild and remote. The climate is perfect, high altitude makes it cool at night and warm during the day. Basically perfect walking country. Then there is the game. Elephant, giraffe, lion, African wild dog, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, zebra, warthog, hippo and all the quirky different antelope species. This is simply one of the best places in Africa to go on a walking safari.

What to do

Ol Malo

Ol Malo

Laikipia

Ol Malo is a privately-owned game sanctuary on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya's wild and beautiful North Eastern Province - 5000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya.

Where to stay

Laikipia Helicopter Safaris

Laikipia Helicopter Safaris

Laikipia

Want to 'pimp' your Kenyan safari experience? Then there's no better way than with a helicopter ride across the savannah or, even better, to two of Kenya's most iconic mountains, Mt Kenya and Ol Lolokwe.

What to do

Laikipia Biplane Flights

Laikipia Biplane Flights

Laikipia

Fulfil any lingering 'Out of Africa' or Biggles fantasies with a biplane flight over the Kenyan savannah.

What to do

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