The Laikipia Plateau sprawls on the edge of Kenya’s Northern Frontier, stretching from the rim of the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kenya’s slopes. Over time in this natural haven, comprising ranches and conservancies, conservationists have made an effort to create a place where communities and wildlife can exist hand in hand in order to maintain and protect the region’s wonderful biodiversity.
Vast, open plains below Mount Kenya’s snow-capped silhouette create a tranquil and secluded feel. This key wildlife area is also scattered with a mosaic of farms or cattle ranches whose owners now work with conservationists to support large numbers of game.
You’ll encounter a wide variety of animals, including all the Big 5 and such endangered species as black rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes and elusive wild dogs.
Laikipia is being negatively affected by increased human and livestock populations
Key Impact Facts
- 95 species of mammals and 500 birds species, of which 12 are listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable
- Laikipia is home to the world’s densest concentration of black rhinos (more than 50)
- The best way to conserve species is through the protection of their critical habitats
IUCN Red List & Status
Changes of land use
Keystone species decline
How can you help?
- Stay in properties that support the 4Cs
- Get involved: visit and learn about different organisations ‘doing good’ in the area. The primary definition of ‘doing good’ involves habitat conservation and, where possible, rehabilitation.
Selected Conservation and Community Support Impact Activities
Our list of impactful experiences and organisations in the area
- Mpala Research Centre
- Lion Guardians
- Save the Elephants
- Space for Giants
- The Nature Conservancy
- Fauna & Flora International
- Laikipia Wildlife Forum
- Laikipia Farmers’ Association