Laikipia Kenya

The Laikipia region of Kenya offers a real and pristine wilderness experience off the beaten track. Not only do the wildlife densities rank second only to the Masai Mara, but more endangered species can be seen here than anywhere else in East Africa.

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Located to the north of Nairobi and Mount Kenya, Laikpia is regarded as the gateway to Kenya's wild northern frontier district, where some of the country's most encouraging conservation success stories are unfolding. This region is at the forefront of ecotourism in Kenya with cutting edge community grazing programs and community empowerment projects, ensuring the survival of endemic and rare species such as Grevy's zebra, Jackson's Hartebeest & Reticulated Giraffe, including roughly half of Kenya’s 600 black rhino population.

Laikipia is a plateau district, straddling the equator north west of Mount Kenya - an area which is increasingly recognised as one of Kenya’s best safari regions. The plains stretch from the Rift Valley to magnificent escarpments, which drop to the Northern Frontier District. The environment mostly consists of acacia-dotted savannahs, olive forests and scrubby bush, with altitudes varying from about 1500 to 1950m. There are multiple ethnic communities here with the Kikuyus and Maasai communities forming the largest portion of its residents, as well as Borana, Samburu, Kalenjin, Meru and some Europeans forming its minorities.

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LAIKIPIA

Wildlife

01/06

Grevy's zebra

The Grevy’s are mostly found in northern Kenya and are distinguishable with very narrow stripes, a white belly, black dorsal stripe, large rounded ears and a brown muzzle. They are listed as endangered, with an estimated worldwide population of around 2,800. An interesting fact about this species is that they can go without water for up to 5 days, making...

06/06

Oryx

The common Beisa Oryx, is the endemic subspecies of Northern Kenya and can be found throughout the Horn of Africa. Their build is compact and muscular with relative long bodies and broad necks - there are no differences in physical appearance between males and females.

05/06

Lion

Even though they have been listed as vulnerable by IUCN, Mugie is fortunate to have one of the highest lion density populations in Laikipia. Worldwide, their decline in numbers can be attributed to to habitat loss, hunting, and poisoning. For the past ten years, Mugie Conservancy has been one of the core study areas and several of the lions here...

04/06

Elephant

Laikipia boasts the second highest population of elephant in Kenya, with around 6000 resident in the area. The central dam on Mugie Conservancy attracts daily herds of elephant that come to swim and play; an enchanting scene to observe from a nearby kayak.

03/06

Reticulated Giraffe

The reticulated giraffe is one of Kenya’s signature wildlife species and tourist attractions in the north. They too have a relatively limited distribution across the country but thankfully numbers appear to be increasing with improved community and private land conservation projects. This species has a distinct liver-red coat interjected by a network of polygonal, bright-white lines and are generally slightly...

02/06

Jackson's Hartebeest

Mugie Conservancy is one the few places to see Jackson's Hartebeest. Easily distinguishable from other antelope, the rare antelope is a high shouldered, long-legged, short-necked animal with a long narrow face. Unfortunately the Jackson’s hartebeest is locally threatened and research points to predation, diseases and habitat loss as the main reasons for their decline. Over the years, Mugie has preserved...

Grevy's zebra

Oryx

Lion

Elephant

Reticulated Giraffe

Jackson's Hartebeest

TOP 6

LAIKIPIA

Wildlife

01/06

Grevy's zebra

The Grevy’s are mostly found in northern Kenya and are distinguishable with very narrow stripes, a white belly, black dorsal stripe, large rounded ears and a brown muzzle. They are listed as endangered, with an estimated worldwide population of around 2,800. An interesting fact about this species is that they can go without water for up to 5 days, making...

06/06

Oryx

The common Beisa Oryx, is the endemic subspecies of Northern Kenya and can be found throughout the Horn of Africa. Their build is compact and muscular with relative long bodies and broad necks - there are no differences in physical appearance between males and females.

05/06

Lion

Even though they have been listed as vulnerable by IUCN, Mugie is fortunate to have one of the highest lion density populations in Laikipia. Worldwide, their decline in numbers can be attributed to to habitat loss, hunting, and poisoning. For the past ten years, Mugie Conservancy has been one of the core study areas and several of the lions here...

04/06

Elephant

Laikipia boasts the second highest population of elephant in Kenya, with around 6000 resident in the area. The central dam on Mugie Conservancy attracts daily herds of elephant that come to swim and play; an enchanting scene to observe from a nearby kayak.

03/06

Reticulated Giraffe

The reticulated giraffe is one of Kenya’s signature wildlife species and tourist attractions in the north. They too have a relatively limited distribution across the country but thankfully numbers appear to be increasing with improved community and private land conservation projects. This species has a distinct liver-red coat interjected by a network of polygonal, bright-white lines and are generally slightly...

02/06

Jackson's Hartebeest

Mugie Conservancy is one the few places to see Jackson's Hartebeest. Easily distinguishable from other antelope, the rare antelope is a high shouldered, long-legged, short-necked animal with a long narrow face. Unfortunately the Jackson’s hartebeest is locally threatened and research points to predation, diseases and habitat loss as the main reasons for their decline. Over the years, Mugie has preserved...