These two acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries are located in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Due to the tireless efforts of the landowners, both conservancies teem with endangered species including black rhino, cheetah, Grevy’s zebra and African wild dog. Better yet, you get to view them without any crowds.
Situated in Kenya’s wild northern frontier, these concessions also offer great diversity of scenery, ranging from undulating savanna grasslands dotted with acacias to dense woodland, rocky outcrops and dramatic gorges. This ever-changing terrain adds another dimension of interest to game drives, which are almost sure to uncover a range of interesting animals which thrive in these safe havens.
Being outside of national park boundaries, Lewa and Laikipia both offer visitors the opportunity to participate in activities not usually permitted in Kenyan reserves. Things that you can do at these conservancies include horseback riding, Maasai-guided nature walks, lion tracking and camel treks.
Your stay here will support the conservation of African wildlife – Laikipia is home to half the population of all of Kenya’s black rhino as well as the only remaining northern white rhinos on earth. Lewa also holds the distinction of having lost zero rhinos to poaching in recent years, while its grounds are a refuge for between 100-500 elephant depending on the season.