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LAIKIPIA PLATEAU

Laikipia Plateau


A land where you are cut off from civilization and the only company you have is the wild. Set your eye tab on low lying plains riddled with grasslands and a plethora of wildlife that will drive shivers down the spine. The high plains of Laikipia are increasingly recognized as one of Kenya’s best safari regions, challenging the Maasai Mara for overall safari experience, if not for raw numbers of animals. Laikipia is occupied by a number of incredible wildlife conservancies. The Lewa Conservancy is one of the oldest and finest conservancies. Those who like to keep active may want to take part in the annual Lewa Marathon, a fantastic run through the conservancy in June. The real attraction of Laikipia is a wonderful sense of freedom. Not just the freedom of wide open spaces, but freedom of choice. Whether you want to take a camel ride across the plains, track elephants on foot or saddle up for an incredible horse riding safari, there is a wilderness experience for everyone.  This area has become a sanctuary for healthy populations of African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra and about half of Kenya’s remaining black rhinos. On top of this, the region has a thriving population of lion, leopard, elephant and cheetah, who coexist alongside more unusual endemic northern species such as the reticulated giraffe and Beisaoryx.  
 

OlPejeta Conservancy is the busiest of the Laikipia wildlife sanctuaries has big concentrations of mammals, including all the native plains game, especially black rhinos. Critically, however, it combines cutting-edge wildlife conservation work with running the world’s largest herd of cattle, Africa’s best beef producer, stimulating new pasture growth for the wildlife in a balanced system that shows that, when carefully managed, livestock and wildlife can co-exist. Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts, and some ranches have become breeding sanctuaries for Rhinoceros. On OlPejeta, a refuge for Chimpanzees rescued from the pet and bush meat trade has been established, a world where you are no longer King, but a highly welcome guest who is about to have their fill of the great African Wilderness.

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