Laikipia County in KenyaLaikipia
Laikipia County has numerous attractions such as Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. In addition to game viewing, take part in mountain climbing safaris to explore Mount Kenya.
The Beauty of Laikipia
Laikipia is often compared to the State of Texas because of its ranches and horticultural farms. The name Laikipia comes from a Maasai word that means treeless plains.
It is located at the equator, stretching out towards the rugged plains of Samburu to the North, the foothills of Mount Kenya to the South and the Aberdare Ranges in the central part of Kenya.
This county is metropolitan, inhabited by a number of Kenyan tribes as well as droves of foreigners. It has a rich, vibrant culture that blends in all communities. The Maasai, Kikuyu, Samburu, Turkana, Meru, Kalenjin, Borana and Bantu communities are predominant in some parts of the county.
Major Attractions in Laikipia
The county’s favourable location along the equator makes it a great place for wildlife safaris. It has good weather all year round. Most of its land is under ranches, conservancies and reserves. Some are private establishments while others are under communities in a bid to save the environment and benefit the locals.
This county is one of the favourite destinations for the Duke of Cambridge, lest you forget that he proposed to his wife at Rutundu Log Cabins in Mount Kenya. The must-visit attractions are
- Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- The Equator line
- Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Oljogi Ranch
- Borana Ranch
- Mount Kenya
What to do in Laikipia
Walking safaris in the conservancies is the best way to experience the wild. Feel the heat, listen to wild animals, touch the long blades of grass, shuffle your feet through the savannah and see animals up close. A professional guide accompanies guests during the treks in the wild plains.
Another must attempt activity is horse riding. Gallop through the grassland to experience amazing view of Mount Kenya and other distant hills.
This county has the highest number of private aircrafts in the country. Enjoy helicopter safaris to see the county from above.
Guided game drives are the cream of every wildlife safari in Kenya. Enjoy window seat view of Ol Pejeta Conservancy as you track animals such as elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and giraffes among others.
Where to Stay in Laikipia
To match its world class status as one of the best destinations in Kenya, there are numerous luxury resorts and hotels. Families, groups, newlyweds and couples can always find a comfortable place to stay within an attraction or in the major towns such as Nanyuki. These famous hotels and resorts are
- Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp
- Ol Pejeta House
- Kicheche Camp
How to Get Here
There are scheduled and charter flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Nanyuki Airstrip, from where you can use a road transfer to any part of the county. You can fly from any other part of the country such as Samburu, Mombasa or from towns in the Great Rift Valley. A road trip can take about three hours from Nairobi to Nanyuki.