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

Accommodation in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Laikipia

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is an ultra luxury safari camp located in the Laikipia region of Kenya. It is made up of six luxury tents, each featuring en-suite bathroom facilities with hot water bucket safari showers and flushing toilets. There are also private verandas from which the stunning views of the plains, river and wildlife can be enjoyed. The region…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Segera Retreat, Laikipia

Segera Retreat lies on the grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau, its six timber and thatch villas raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers and a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom. The gracious Segera House and…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Black Rhino
White Rhino
African Wild Dog

Key Species

Black Rhino
White Rhino
Leopard. Elephant

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

Side-striped chameleon
Sundevall's writhing skink


Open plains; Acacia bushland

Wildlife Ratings

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