Sprawling on the edge of the Northern Kenyan Frontier, stretching from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley, is the Laikipia Plateau. A natural haven made up of ranches and conservancies, over time conservationists have tried to create a place for communities and wildlife to exist hand in hand to maintain and protect biodiversity in the region. Some of the notable conservancies are Loisaba, Mugie, Ol Lentille to the North, Lewa, Borana, IL Ngwesi to the East, Solio and Ol Pejeta to the South,
North of Mount Kenya and Laikipia, the Samburu ecosystem is comprised of Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Kalama Conservancy, and West Gate Community Area. A rugged and semi-desert savannah intersected by the Ewaso Nyiro River, the area has an abundance of wildlife including Nile crocodile, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephants, buffalo, and hippo as well as The Samburu special five species of long necked gerenuk, Grevys zebra, reticulated giraffe, somali ostrich and Beisa oryx.
The Northern Kenya landscapes vary from craggy, volcanic cinder fields to impassable areas of sand-dune systems and gritty scrub where jackals scamper and ostriches peck. The mountains that rise from the deserts are, however, often luxuriantly forested. Safaris in northern Kenya tend to use these areas as more comfortable oasis refuges away from the shadeless plains.
Meru National Park covers 1800 sq kms and is the core of an ecosystem that includes Kora, Bisanadi, North Kitui and Rahole Reserves, an additional over 5000 sq kms of wilderness. The Park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, from cool forests at 3400 ft to the west, dropping down to 1000 ft semi-desert plains with giant baobab and commiphora trees. It has thirteen clear spring fed rivers lined with palms and riverine forest, and home to basking hippo. This is lion and elephant country, but also Meru has
The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling, and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometre long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The Park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser
From the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal-clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs to the Shetani lava flows, Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges including the Poacher's Lookout where visitors can see the teeming herds in the plains below.
The 392km expanse of Amboseli lies on the border with Tanzania, its stunning ecosystem extending across the unfenced boundary and beyond. Vast sweeping vistas and dusty red sunsets set the scene of this stunning national park; however, one piece of scenery defines Amboseli better than any other. Towering just over the border, Mount Kilimanjaro, with its snow-capped peak, majestically looms on the horizon. Weather permitting and minus cloud cover, Amboseli offers unrivalled views of Africa's highest mountain that are unequivocally mesmerizing - something the brilliant camps found in the national
The Shompole Conservancy is a large privately operated conservation area in the south of the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. It is located between the alkaline lakes of Magadi to the north and Natron to the south. The conservancy is a community initiative developed by the local Maasai community to protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle, and their heritage.
The Rift Valley floor encompasses the archetypal east African safari panorama of acacia-dotted savannah, studded with jewel-like lakes that are sometimes rimmed with huge flocks of pink flamingos. Together, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementeita and Lake Bogoria form the UNESCO natural heritage site known as the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley.
Nairobi is Kenyas capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras, and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.
Situated in the southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1,510 square km (583 square miles), the Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains. The quintessential Masai Mara safari delivers many attractions, as the reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including the more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration
While the Masai Mara National Reserve is the focal point of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, in the last decade there have been a number of conservancies that have been established which border the unfenced national reserve. These conservancies are on private land owned by Maasai families that have been set aside for wildlife conservation and tourism. The landowners lease their land to safari companies and lodges, who then pay monthly fees which go back into the community, funding education and other development initiatives. In return the Maasai are still allowed
The 74 000-acre Mara North Conservancy is one of the best of the concessions for its abundant wildlife, quintessential savanna landscapes and commitment to community conservation, working to rehabilitated overgrazed land and natural habitats and managing grazing areas. Game viewing is excellent, and particular highlights are big cat sightings and the dramatic herds of the Great Migration. Out of all the conservancies, it has the greatest number of camps 10 in total but theres still a lot of space and privacy, as that means theres nearly 700 acres per tent.
Its easy to see why this 50,000-acre conservancy is hailed by many as the top concession in the Maasai Mara. To the north of the national reserve, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy has only seven camps (which means 877 acres per tent), so theres plenty of wilderness without other cars and the impact on the environment is limited. The concentration of wildlife is high, with abundant big cats and herds of wildebeest, elephant and giraffe. It also ticks all the boxes for successful community conservation: the conservancy was established when more
One of the oldest and most successful conservancies, Olare Motorogi (made up of the former Motorogi and Olare-Orok Conservancies) has been a blueprint for other concessions and community conservation in the Masai Mara. It also offers exceptional wildlife viewing (with large numbers of lion and elephant), with one of the highest concentrations of animals and lowest tourist densities in the Mara: theres a 94-bed limit on the conservancy with just one room per 700 acres on its 33 000 acres of riverine forest, valleys, and acacia woodland.
Recently established in 2015 by 1200 landowners, the 7898-acre Mara Siana Conservancy lies some distance away from the Masai Mara National Reserve to the east. If you really want to get off the beaten track, this is a good option, as its more remote than some of the other conservancies and only has two lodging options. In this secluded valley theres plenty of wildlife to be spotted, from prides of lions, herds of elephants, cheetah, leopard, buffalo and the occasional black rhino and wild dogs.
Olarro is located in Southwestern Kenya in the Loita Hills Massif. Olarro is 6000 feet above sea level, nestled in the Enkijape hills around 200 Kilometers from Nairobi. This is an exclusive conservancy with the Olarro lodge, intimate and stylish with private spaces of extreme luxury complementing the beautiful landscapes. Established in 2012, our conservancy seeks to preserve and conserve the environment and wildlife, create value for the community and strengthen the traditional heritage of the Maasai. The Conservancy sits along the corridor of the annual wildebeest migration and plays