Laikipia, a plateau district straddling the equator north west of Mount Kenya, is at the forefront of ecotourism in Kenya, and a pioneer in world terms in this sphere, mainly due to the leadership shown by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa’s plains and escarpments contain a diverse range of habitats supporting an abundance of wildlife second only to the Masai Mara. Meru National Park is home to a large pride of lions, and was the setting for the book ‘Born Free’.
Reasons to visit Laikipia, Lewa and Meru include:
The best time to visit northern Kenya for game viewing is January to March and July to October. But there is more than wildlife to this region, the scenery is beautiful. April and May see the rains but afterwards, in June and July the scenery is lush and green. July and August can be fairly chilly and December to March sees the warmest weather.
You can drive to this area from Nairobi in around 4 – 5 hours, or it is accessible by air to one of the many airstrips servicing this area. Flights from Nairobi take about 1 hour. Laikipia, Lewa and Meru all combine easily with Samburu, Masai Mara and Amboseli.
There are many excellent accommodation options in northern Kenya. There are traditional tented safari camps like Kitich camp which cater for walking safaris, or if you prefer bricks and mortar then Borana Lodge in Laikipia is a good option. Many of the lodges in this area are involved in community projects ranging from education to environmental projects, look for the heart logo to find out more.
Borana is a luxury, family-owned lodge in the hills above Lewa.
Elsa's Kopje is located in Meru National Park, on the site of George Adamson's original campsite. A beautiful luxury lodge.
An excellent and pioneering community-run lodge north of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia, fly camping in stunning scenery
A luxury stay at a top eco-rated lodge in a rich wilderness area with beautiful views of snow-capped Mount Kenya.
Comfortable tented camp in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Luxury lodge in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Luxury lodge hosted by the owners
Porini Rhino Camp located in the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy is a small camp offering the chance to view the Big Five.
Small luxury lodge in a remote corner of Laikipia with gorgeous views.
At the edge of the Mathews Ranges in northern Laikipia, a wonderful luxury tented camp.
Solio Lodge is a modern luxury lodge which offers wonderful game viewing and spacious, secluded accommodation.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.