Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
African Wild Dog
Buffalo
Giraffe
Zebra
Impala
Eland

The Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya's most spectacular safari destinations. Consisting of a combination of small-scale farms, nature conservancies, and privately-owned ranches, the region is home to a plethora of wildlife species, with a significant number of endangered species found there. Half of Kenya's population of the endangered black rhino is found in Laikipia, and the region also houses the world's last three remaining Northern white rhinos. Stretching from Mount Kenya to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia Plateau is larger than most of Kenya's national parks. It is home to over 400 bird species, and also has the added advantage of being much less crowded than other safari destinations in Kenya. Many exciting and unique safari activities are also available in the region, many of which are restricted in national parks and reserves. These include horse-riding, bike tours, and camel rides, in addition to tradtional game drives.

Why we like it

One of the best destinations to see the endangered black rhino; Much less crowded than other safari areas; Significant conservation efforts

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 9723 square km
Reserve Type: Conservancy
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Black Rhino
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Nanyuki

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Laikipia Super Luxury Full Board
Segera Retreat, Laikipia Super Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Lion
Leopard. Elephant


BRIDS
African Fish Eagle
Malachite Kingfisher
Kori Bustard
Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse
Dusky Nightjar
Crested Francolin


REPTILES
Side-striped chameleon
Sundevall's writhing skink


TREES
Cedar
Olive
Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Open plains; Acacia bushland
Forest