In the heart of Kenya you come across the Laikipia Plateau which is home to nearly half of Kenya's rhino population, large numbers of elephants and also includes the rest of the big five.
In the heart of the country, you’ll find the gorgeous Laikipia Plateau which stretches from Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. We just love this part of Kenya as it is home to almost half of the country’s rhino population, which are protected in various private conservancies alongside gorgeous Laikipia Plateau accommodation. Large numbers of elephants can be seen in this area as they use Laikipia as a pathway between Mount Kenya and Samburu, but the conservancies also often have the big five and are super rich in other wildlife, too. The area recently received a lot of fame due to the incredible Laikipia Wilderness Camp black leopard! Ultimately it is also used as a base to explore the north and great lakes of Kenya, but remember – we will help you plan everything, so you’ll be in the best of hands!
Where is Laikipia in Kenya?
The Laikipia Plateau is in the heart of Kenya and stretches over a significant area from Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley.
When is the best time to visit Laikipia Plateau?
Laikipia Plateau weather may dictate when you believe the best time to visit is! Ultimately Laikipia has excellent wildlife viewing all year round. The core difference is that you may need to work a little harder to find the animals in tall grass after the rainy season. The long rains are in April and May which is when many lodges may decide to close their doors, and the short rains fall in November. The bush will be incredibly lush during these months. That said, cats don’t like getting their paws wet and can often be found walking along the roads to avoid mud so this can be a superb time for seeing them! This time of year also offers spectacular skies for some phenomenal photography. The dry season offers more opportunity to see animals congregate around valuable water sources and as the bush thins out you may find it easier to spot the wildlife.
Is Laikipia high risk for malaria?
Laikipia is at some altitude (up to 2,500m) so it tends to be cooler than other parts of the country, and mosquitos are less likely to thrive at this height. That said, malaria is an issue throughout the country and all precautions must be taken for those travelling to the country. We recommend you speak to a health professional to discuss all needs for your particular itinerary.
How far is it from Nairobi to the Laikipia Plateau?
Laikipia is a 1h30 minute flight from Nairobi’s Wilson airport. As a general rule, we do not include road transfers up to Laikipia from Nairobi as the road can be a bit brain-rattling and long! That said it makes for a beautiful journey and as with all of our bespoke itineraries, we will design each and every one with the necessary transfers, either by air or road as best suits you.
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