This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild Northern frontier country. Wild and sparsely populated, much of the Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches which cover a wide range of landscapes, from high plains to low forested valleys. On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife – and in recent years this wildlife has become a valuable asset, with many ranches now establishing bush homes and private camps within their boundaries.
The result is an area of beautiful wilderness, where protected game roams freely and safely. Centred around the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic northern species.
Visiting a private ranch in the Laikipia is an ideal way of exploring the Kenyan wilderness while getting off the well beaten paths of the National Parks - and the real attraction of the area is the wild open spaces and the wonderful sense of freedom.
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