Laikipia covers 10,000 sq km and forms the core of the wider 56,000 sq km Ewaso ecosystem. Known as Kenya’s high country, Laikipia’s vast plains stretch from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley and the edge of Kenya's northern rangelands. Its exclusive nature and outstanding quality of lodges, the remarkable integrity of the ecosystem with its immense wildlife populations, and the diversity of large mammals than anywhere else in Kenya, Laikipia is without doubt Kenya's premier safari destination and its wildlife rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem.
The Ewaso ecosystem is home to Kenya’s second-largest population of elephant and the country’s highest population of endangered species. Laikipia/Ewaso ecosystem supports 8 protected rhino sanctuaries with more than half of Kenya’s black rhino population, is a haven for Grevy’s zebra(70% of the world’s population, reticulated giraffe, and Kenya’s only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest, as well as Africa’s only expanding population of wild dog and large numbers of other large predators. Laikipia’s diversity is unique; yet, remarkably, it is not protected area and its wildlife is sustained entirely by private and communal land owners.
There are over 40 tourism operators active in Laikipia, ranging from small lodges and tented camps to ranch houses and adventure based operators specialising in walking, camel and horse safaris. Typically Laikipia’s tourism facilities are low impact (just 14 beds), high value and highly creative. Together, they offer over 50 different wilderness-based activities.
Sabuk Lodge is perched high on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river, in the Northern Frontier District, overlooking the Laikipia Plateau and Samburu land. This stunning wilderness destination is home to host and professional safari guide Verity Williams and her family. Sabuk is built with twisted wood, stone boulders and thatch. It has 6 open sided cottages, each one unique in design and décor, with en-suite bathrooms, private verandahs facing out over the river gorge 150 feet below. The spacious mess building includes a dining room, lounge and mezzanine library, with a dramatic deck overlooking the river below.
Activities available include: camel assisted walks and camel riding, game drives, guided nature walks and insights into traditional bushcraft skills, sundowners, bush breakfasts and picnic lunches, fly camping, river swimming and fishing. Optional extras include luxury spirits and champagne. The camp is open all year round except after Easter to end of May. It is a fabulous family holiday destination.
The Lewa Safari Camp is based within the private 65,000 acre wildlife conservancy of Lewa wildlife/rhino conservancy, with outstanding game viewing, and spectacular views to Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. Each of the 12 safari tents (9 twins, 2 triples and 1 double) has a thatched roof, verandah, and full en suite bathroom. Lighting is by a 240V generator, run morning and evening hours. Power outlets in tents so phone/camera batteries can be charged in the tent or in the main mess. The central areas have exquisite gardens with a large sunny verandah and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cosy log fires in the lounge and dining room for the more chilly evenings. Full board accommodation, house-wines, beers & soft drinks. Champagne excluded.
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice. There is also laundry, wireless internet access, mobile phone networks available, massage, manicures a pedicures.
Activities include game drives in 4x4 Land Cruisers, bird watching, guided bush walks, swimming pool, bush breakfasts, sundowners, horse-riding, archaeological site, and educational talks on the history and the day to day operation of the Conservancy. Optional activities include horse riding, scenic flights up Mt. Kenya for trout fishing and walking with an overnight stay at the Rutundu log cabins and camel walks. Lewa is an outstanding tourist destination, offering spectacular scenery, superb game viewing and exciting activities for the discerning traveller. The camp is closed in April and November.
Lewa Wllderness: The family home accommodates sixteen guests in eight comfortable thatched cottages with en-suite bathrooms, fireplaces and verandahs. The cosy sitting and open air dining room is used for reading, relaxing and eating. Healthy and delicious food is served, with produce from a five acre organic garden and home-raised livestock. The house has a refreshing salt water swimming pool and clay tennis court.
Situated 70 kms north of Mount Kenya, on the edge of the Laikipia plateau in northern Kenya, Loisaba Wilderness is a 61,000 acre working ranch and private wildlife conservancy. It is outstandingly beautiful, its abundant wildlife is truly wild and its accommodation is comfortable beyond measure. Whether sleeping under the undisturbed African night sky on the unique Star Beds, rafting down the majestic Ewaso Ngiro and Ng'are Narok Rivers, or watching the big five stroll past on a game drives, a visit to Loisaba will revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalise your soul.
Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and authenticly African. Whether you choose to stay at Loisaba Lodge, The House or The Cottage, we will ensure you are pampered and well looked after while experiencing the atmosphere and energy of wild Africa. You also have the unique opportunity to try a night under the unspoilt Kenyan stars on one of the Star Beds or a revitalizing treatment at the renowned Loisaba Spa. Your dream luxury getaway retreat awaits you in Kenya at Loisaba.
Loisaba Lodge has 7 rooms which can accommodate 14 people; each room has an en-suite bathroom and French windows that open onto a private deck. All furniture at Loisaba is hand made on the ranch. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce court and croquet lawn. In addition to the lodge accommodation, Loisaba has: Kiboko Star Beds, situated amongst a kopje of rocks overlooking a waterhole, which can accommodate three couples. The self contained private luxury Loisaba House has two bedrooms and a cliff-top swimming pool; and the private exclusive Loisaba Cottage can accommodate 8 people - also with its own pool.
Activities: Loisaba is made for adventure; guests enjoy complete freedom to choose how they spend their time so the only barrier is your own imagination. Trek through the bush with camels, mountain bike down the escarpment, raft, horseback-ride or drive through the wild canyons of the two great rivers that span the vast property. There is also fishing, bush meals, sundowners, bird watching and day/night game drives.
There really are no limits to what you choose to do: fly camping in the wilderness, then a helicopter trip to surf the remote sand-dunes of the Northern Frontier District or a spot of fly-fishing on Mount Kenya, rock-climb (unescorted) on the soaring pinnacles that reach up from the valley floor or just play a little tennis and lie by the pool. Optional extras health spa beauty treatments, wines from the Loisaba cellar and French champagne. Also quad bike safaris and ballon safaris can be arranged at an extra cost. Open all year round.
Borana Lodge is situated on a 35,000-acre, wildlife rich, private, working cattle ranch, 16 miles from the equator, adjacent to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. It is set on the edge of the Samangua Valley with panoramic views of Mount Kenya, the Borana plains and the Ngare Ndare forest. Built from local building materials and dead wood from the ranch, the lodge is totally in keeping with its surroundings. Borana has eight guest rooms decorated in unaffected but luxurious up-country style. Four cottages have king-size double beds and four have queen-size singles. One room has a children’s bedroom attached to it.
All rooms are spacious and have an open fireplace, en suite bathroom and a private verandah. A central eating and sitting area is furnished sumptuously for maximum comfort. A game 'blind' on the edge of the dam in the valley allows guests to watch elephant swimming. The horizon pool has superb views overlooking the valley and hills. Activities include: game drives, and night drives, game walks, horse riding, culture drives to a nearby Maasai village, bush meals and sundowners. Optional extras include: trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, dance with the Maasai, guided horse treks or walking safaris with camping, and trout fishing on Mt. Kenya. Closed in April, May and November.
Il N’gwesi Lodge is situated adjacent to the Ngare Ndare River on the edge of the Mukogodo Hills and boasts commanding panoramic views across Northern Kenya. This small piece of paradise, perched between peak and plain, possesses a magic which cannot fail to touch anyone who is lucky enough to experience it. Constructed from local material Il N’gwesi can accommodate up to sixteen people in six thatched, open-plan cottages, with adjoining open air showers, positioned to ensure both fantastic views and privacy. Il N’gwesi has a large sitting area, a striking swimming pool with an ideal lunch venue, and a covered viewing hide overlooking a waterhole.
Activities include: exploring the magnificent conservation area that adjoins Lewa, Borana and the Mukogodo Forest Reserve, visits to the cultural boma, following the Ngare Ndare River with local guides, offers a special opportunity to get close to the wildlife, followed by a picnic breakfast, game drive, followed by sundowners on one the many different vantage points along the Mukogodo Hills and visits to see the baboon troop and monkeys. Optional extras include: vehicle hire and cultural visits. Catering option available. Open all year round.
Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, this is a stunning extra-ordinary bush home created and built with natural rock, ancient olive wood and thatch. Spread along the cliff edge, four cottages accommodate a maximum of eight people. Each cottage is unique in style and layout, offering maximum privacy and comfort, with kings size beds, luxurious en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. Ol Malo has a separate sitting room with fireplace, and a dinning room with wide open windows. The swimming pool spills over the cliff edge and is an ideal place to unwind!
Activities include: game drives and bush/nature walks in the company of local rangers and trackers, night game drives, camel rides across the plains, horse riding, cultural visits to the local Samburu village and Samburu children’s school – where beadwork, painting, dancing and even spear throwing will keep you enchanted, camping under the stars or overnight in Ol Malo’s ‘look out hide’ at the base of the cliff edge, mountain biking on the hilly terrain. Optional extras: Scenic flights, game drive in Samburu and Champagne. Closed in April, May and November.
Situated on an escarpment overlooking the 3000 acre sanctuary belonging to the Francombe family. It has spectacular views, wildlife, and wonderful birdlife and Mt Kenya looming in the background. The Ewaso Nyiro River runs down its eastern boundary. Ol Malo House is an extremely attractive house which is exclusive to one group and can accommodate up to 16 people on an exclusive basis. There are a total of 6 double rooms, one single - all en-suite and a loft area for children. A large living room with comfortable furnishings and an open fireplace is a wonderful place to relax in the evenings, before dinner in front of a roaring fire.
Daytime revolves around the pool area with lunch served overlooking the infinity pool. A large BBQ area near the pool is a great place to eat under a starlit sky or a full moon. Activities include: game drives, nature walks, camel rides, horse riding, mountain bikes, visits to the local Samburu homesteads, Ol Malo school for the Samburu, and the Ol Malo workshop, picnic breakfasts, lunches on the river with tubing (river permitting). Optional extras(all to be pre-booked): fly camping on the river, scenic flight up Mt Kenya for trout fishing, flight north to Lake Turkana. Closed April/May/November
The Retreat is situated on the extreme west of Laikipia on the 100,000 acre Laikipia Nature Conservancy, home to conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann. The unique setting, the silent and the evocative sounds of Africa, make the Mukutan Retreat an exclusive hideaway for discriminate travellers, in simple yet extremely sophisticated comfort. Built in elegant African style, using local stone, native woods and papyrus thatch, each cottage is original in layout and décor. Three traditional dwellings perched at the edge of the gorge, offer accommodation with double beds, a spacious bathroom, a fireplace and private verandahs. A central lounge and dining area has the atmosphere of a private home, furnished with individually selected items.
Activities include: walking in the hills and valleys with a trained local guide, relax in the natural mineral rich hot spring, or enjoy a massage, games drives and night drives to spot lion, game viewing on horse back or camel rides, picnic breakfast and lunch, swimming in the rock-carved pool or one of the waterfall pools, night under the stars in the 'moonlit cottage', fishing in one of the dams or streams for black bass and fresh water crayfish, bird watching - 400 identified species in the area, cultural visits to Pokot, Turkana and Samburu tribes, visit the newly discovered archaeological remains. Optional extras include: day trips by helicopter or private plane. Open all year round.
Mutamaiyu House is on Mugie Ranch, a forty-nine thousand acre working ranch that rolls out across the Laikipia plains on the edge of the Great Rift Valley situated at the northern end of the Laikipia plateau. This is a magnificent family owned house built in a grove of ancient, twisting olive trees. Four beautifully appointed cottages ensure peace and privacy for visitors. Each cottage sleeps two and all have en-suite bathrooms. The dining room, sitting room and verandah are contained in the main house where collections of books, art and music are available for guests to enjoy. Mutamaiyu House has a beautiful heated swimming pool, where a buffet lunch is often served.
Activities include: day and night game drives, tracking collared lion and black rhino, cultural visit to Pokot and Samburu, bird watching, guests can join in with day to day ranching activities, endless opportunities for walking, followed by a picnic or sundowner, visit to the ranch school. Optional extras: clay pigeon shooting, camel treks, champagne and painting/sketching with the resident artist. Closed in May.