Kenya: Off The Beaten Track
Experience a different side of Kenya with a camel safari, rhino tracking and sleeping under canvas in the Masai Mara.
The vast Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya's premier wildlife destinations. Located in remote northern Kenya between Mount Kenya and Samburu, it is made up of several conservancies which are either privately or community-owned and operated.
These conservancies not only protect land for Kenya’s wildlife, they also bring benefits in the form of revenue and jobs to local communities.
Tourist numbers are kept to a minimum which means that those who visit Laikipia and stay in the small camps within the conservancies have a more intimate and rewarding safari experience as they can view wildlife in a pristine, unfenced wilderness without encountering large crowds.
The conservancies are teeming with wildlife. You can expect to see elephant, giraffe, lions, buffalo, hippo and warthog, and Laikipia is known for its excellent sightings of leopard, striped hyena and wild dog.
More threatened, endangered and rare species can be seen here than anywhere else in East Africa, and while many other areas of Kenya are experiencing dwindling populations of certain animals, Laikipia is recognised for its increasing numbers of wildlife.
As well as phenomenal wildlife sightings, Laikipia also offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy activities that are not usually permitted in Kenya’s national parks and reserves, such as wild dog tracking, camel safaris, walking safaris, horse riding, rafting and swimming in waterfalls.
Laikipia is a fairly arid region which experiences very little rain. Laikipia is typically very dry from July to October and December to March - these are excellent times of year to visit as animals tend to congregate around the last remaining water sources, making them easier to locate and photograph.
Heavy downpours occur during the months of May and November and the landscape becomes lush and green at this time, however the abundance of vegetation can make it difficult to spot wildlife. The wet weather may also mean that it is not possible to enjoy certain activities, such as a camel safari.
The climate in Laikipia is generally warm all year, with average temperatures of 30°C during the day. Evenings can get quite cool so you should ensure that you bring warm clothing.
Laikipia features on our Kenya Off The Beaten Track holiday. This itinerary starts in Laikipia where you’ll explore the breathtaking wilderness on foot, fully supported by camels, and led by experienced Masai, Samburu, and Turkana walking guides. Your next destination will be Samburu National Reserve, followed by Saruni Rhino in the Sera Community Conservancy, the undiscovered northern frontier of Kenya, before enjoying a safari in the iconic Masai Mara.
The conservancies within Laikipia offer fantastic accommodation options with some of the best guides in the country. Wayfairer partners with the wonderful Sosian Lodge, Ol Malo and El Karamo Eco Lodge. For a more adventurous experience we recommend our Kenya Off the Beaten Track holiday which includes a multi-day walking safari. On this itinerary we start at Laikipia Wilderness Camp and then stay in mobile camps where you’ll sleep in simple dome tents and eat your dinner under the stars!
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