You will fly to Laikipia region of northern Kenya. Some of Kenya’s best wildife viewing and thrilling safari activities for all ages are found in this out-of-the-way sector that is the gateway to the remote Northern Frontier. Dramatic Laikipia, wild and sparsely populated, has become a center for global conservation leadership. Much of Laikipia is comprised of large, privately owned cattle ranches that were established by colonial families in the early 1900s. Once hunting was banned in the 1970s and the focus turned toward conservation, fences were removed and wildlife encouraged to return.
Some of the most famous private conservancies in Africa are located in this part of Kenya, including Lewa Downs, Solio and Ol Pejeta, all of which are important refuges for both black and white rhinoceros—in fact, more than 30 percent of Kenya's black rhinos are protected in Laikipia. Lewa also plays an important role in sustaining endangered Grevy’s zebra and sitatunga. Also prevalent in Laikipia are elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and abundant plains game, as well as distinctive species found only in the arid north of Kenya, such as reticulated (Samburu) giraffe and Somali ostrich. After Tsavo, Laikipia is Kenya’s second-largest contiguous protected area, and only the Maasai Mara has higher densities of wildlife.
Camps in this region offer a diverse array of exciting safari and cultural activities for families, including rhino tracking, camel treks, horseback rides, quad bike excursions, river rafting, guided walking safaris, and Samburu community visits. Meet village residents and enjoy a vivid display of Samburu art and culture through the local people's elaborate jewelry and attire.