Located in the central highlands of Kenya, the vast Laikipia Plateau extends from Mount Kenya in the east to the Rift Valley in the west. Second in size only to Tsavo National Park, Laikipia covers an area of around 9,500 km squared of truly wild country.
Laikipia Plateau is fast gaining recognition as a top Kenya safari destination. It's incredible density of wildlife is second only to those found in the Masai Mara, not to mention that the plateau is also home to a number of rare and endangered species, including black rhino, Grevy's zebra, wild dog and sitatunga. The appeal of a safari on the Laikipia Plateau is the absence of large crowds of tourists and the absence of the usual stringent national park rules and regulations, which means that visitors can experience a wider range of exceptional wildlife-viewing activities, such as walking safaris, camel rides, and horse riding.
Originally made up of privately owned cattle ranches as farms, Laikipia is now a patchwork of land that is almost entirely privately or communally owned, either by the farmers/ranchers or by the local Maasai and Samburu communities. The Landlords have pulled together to create a sprawling conservation area, with most of the private ranches operating as private game reserves.
Because Laikipia is largely privately owned, the usual National Park regulations do not apply here, so visitors are permitted to experience safari activities that offer a far more intimate encounter with the Kenyan wilderness.