Between the slopes of Mount Kenya and the northern deserts of the country Central Kenya has some fantastic safari areas and is starting to gain real recognition for the experience they offer as well as the great work that has been done and continues to be done in the field of modern conservation, especially critically endangered Rhino with the area being home to over half the countries population of Black Rhino. Laikipia is often referred to as a safari destination, this is actually a county of Kenya, about the size of Wales, and is home to some really great conservancies and private ranches that each offer their own unique experience. With a large variety in styles of accommodation and activities this area is well worth exploring.
Safari here is very different from in the Masaai Mara, you may not be tripping over Lion Prides in the same way but you will also be getting far away from the crowds and able to experience a wilderness type environment in some very interesting ways. The Laikipia area is home to great riding safaris, walking safaris, and more.
The style of safari here varies from one property to another with some of the conservancies, such as Ol Pejeta, famous for its largest project which is the serious work of protecting both Black and White Rhino, being owned by NGO’s and trusts and some, such as Sosian being privately owned Ranches. It is this mixing wildlife with farming that the area has become so good at that is a real eye opener, at first glance it may seem like an odd combination, encouraging wildlife to occupy areas with livestock, to share grazing and to allow predators to live close to a cattle ranch, however, it is working incredibly well with numbers of predators increasing and protected species such as the Rhino finding a place where they can be protected and hopefully thrive alongside these businesses that have been the driving force in this part of the countries economy.