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Stretching over a vast area from the foothills of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Baringo, the Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya’s lesser known wildlife areas.

Wildlife of the Laikipia Plateau

It harbours more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa. This is the place to see Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and wild dog. Many northern species are found including reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and gerenuk. There are large elephant populations, thriving lion, leopard and cheetah and numerous impala and gazelle.

The land on the plateau is divided into huge wildlife conservancies, sometimes known as ranches after the farms that used to exist there. All are now devoted to wildlife conservation. There are seven large conservancies: Borana Ranch, Il N’gwesi Group Ranch, the Lekurruki Group Ranch, Sabuk Wilderness, Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, Loisaba Wilderness and Sosian Ranch.

Local Maasai communities

Maasai womanAll the conservancies are very different from each other. Some, such as Il N’gwesi and Lekurruki are run by Maasai communities. Others, such as Lewa have been instrumental in research and education and as a guest you can learn about the ongoing projects. Sabuk works closely with Samburu communities as well as running camel treks into remote wilderness whilst Loisaba was the creator of the inventive ‘star bed’.

All of the conservancies are far from the beaten track and the place to relax in total wilderness. You might track elephant on foot, ride a camel across rugged plains or watch the sunset from the top of a kopje. The earth is brick red and game wild and unfettered as far as the eye can see.

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Places to visit in the Laikipia Plateau

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Laikipia Plateau, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring the Laikipia Plateau

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Laikipia Plateau, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Laikipia Plateau

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Laikipia Plateau

    Accommodation choices for the Laikipia Plateau

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Laikipia Plateau. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Loisaba Starbeds, Loisaba Wilderness

      Loisaba Starbeds


      The Loisaba Starbeds are two small camps where you sleep outside, under the stars, hence the name Starbeds. There are two locations: Kiboko, overlooking a waterhole and Koija, overlooking the Ewaso Ng'iro River.

    • The pool at Sosian

      Sosian Ranch House

      First Class

      Sosian Ranch House has a comfortable sitting and dining room have open fireplaces, deep armchairs and a good library with books and games. Activities include game drives and guided walks.

    • The Colonel`s House, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Ol Lentille Conservancy

      The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille


      The Sanctuary comprises four private houses set in the stunning surroundings of the Ol Lentille Conservancy. Each house has its own character, a full team of household staff, a Maasai guide, and a vehicle with which to explore the area.

    • Pool area at Lewa Safari Camp

      Lewa Safari Camp

      First Class

      Situated in a conservancy known for its success in protecting rhino, Lewa Safari Camp is a family friendly property in leafy surrounds.

    • Lewa Wilderness Trails Hill room view

      Lewa Wilderness Trails

      First Class

      Lewa Wilderness Trails is a fabulous place to stay. The rooms are luxurious and lodge welcoming and relaxed. There is always something to see from the lodge and the wildlife in the conservancy is excellent.

    • Tent at Kicheche Laikipia

      Kicheche Laikipia

      First Class

      This small, friendly camp has just the right amount of simplicity and luxury, set in a peaceful location beside a waterhole in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

    • Tent at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

      Ol Pejeta Bush Camp


      Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Laikipia Plateau’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this traditionally styled bush camp offers a stripped-back safari experience and a wide range of activities.

    • Laikipia Wilderness Camp mess tent

      Laikipia Wilderness Camp


      This lovely tented camp is set on a hillside with breathtaking views over Mount Kenya and the Ewaso Narok river. Laikipia Wilderness Camp is owned and hosted by Steve and Annabelle Carey who have over 20 years' experience in running walking safaris and managing safari camps throughout Africa.

    • Karisia Walking Safaris, Kenya

      Karisia Walking Safaris


      These walking safaris are accompanied by a team of guides and camel handlers. Accommodation is in small dome tents and each day the crew packs up the camp and carry it to the next spot.

    • Luxury Tent at Tumaren

      Tumaren Tented Camp


      Tumaren Tented Camp is part of the Karisia Walking Safaris collection, offering a permanent base from which to explore the beautiful Karisia Hills in Laikipia.

    • Dining tent at Porini Rhino Camp

      Porini Rhino Camp


      Porini Rhino Camp is located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Guests enjoy morning, evening and night game drives, sundowners at scenic viewing points and escorted bush walks with Maasai warriors and safari guide.