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Kenya Itineraries: Laikipia Mount Kenya 11 Day Riding Safari

Highlights Include:

  • Diverse Wildlife.  Home to the rare species like Reticulated Giraffe, Graves Zebra and others.
  • An opportunity to see the Africa Wild Dog
  • Views of the snow capped peak of Mt. Kenya

Laikipia is a unique wildlife area and contains an enormous diversity of wildlife from the Big Five downward. It is famous as the last reserve of the Jacksons Hartebeest and is home of several rare species such as the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk and Somali Ostrich amongst others. In recent years the various landowners have tended away from exclusive cattle ranching to embrace more tolerance of game and even large predators such as lion and hyena are more abundant now than they would have been 25 years ago.

The ride takes you around the snow capped peak of Mt. Kenya and traverses several large ranch areas that were carved out of the wilderness a century ago.

Day 1: Arrive to Lewa either by charter or 3 1/2 hr drive from Nairobi. The Lewa Conservancy is a World famous Nature Conservancy on 40,000 acres of pristine country on the Northern slopes of Mount Kenya. It is home to the big five and a host of other species such as Grevy's Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe and other rare species. Have lunch in Camp and an evening ride.

Overnight at the Private Camp Lewa Downs (L.D)

Day 2: A full day exploring the ranch looking for game on Horseback (morning ride), and game drive / walk before lunch in camp and followed by an evening ride. This is a spectacular area of Kenya with beautiful views to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya in the south and the rugged mountains of the Mathews Range, Bodich and even Marsabit on the way to the Ethiopian border.

Overnight at the Private Camp Lewa Downs (B.L.D)

Day 3: Your first moving day with a ride across Lewa to the west crossing the Ngare Ndare River and onto Borana Ranch, another cattle ranch turned conservation area. You might meet a variety of game including black rhino and elephant and will see a host of other species including the reticulated giraffe. You then reach camp in a grove of euphorbia trees after a picnic lunch on the Ngare Ndare River.

Overnight at the Private Camp Borana (B.L.D)

Day 4: A full day exploring Borana by horseback and vehicle. Borana is a step up from Lewa being on top of an escarpment and you will have climbed the day before and the scenery is still spectacular but different from Lewa. All the species of Lewa are present and a great variety of game is to be seen. Borana is home to hosts Nicky and Michael Dyer, who own and run Borana Lodge.

Overnight at the Private Camp Borana (B.L.D)

Day 5: This next move takes you with a picnic lunch (in your saddle bags) to the west again. Cross from Borana onto Ole Naishi ranch and climb the first ridge of the spectacular Loldaiga Hills. These form a northern extension of the Mt Kenya Massive and consist of large rocky Kopje's interspersed with Cedar forest. Cross Ole Naishi onto Loldaiga Hills a 55,000-acre ranch owned by Robert Wells and probably one of the most beautiful farms in Africa. You will reach camp at the head of a beautiful valley surrounded by cedar forest where you will stay again for 2 nights.

Overnight in Camp Loldaiga Hills (B.L.D)

Day 6: Some spectacular rides and a picnic lunch by land rover to the northern areas of the ranch will fill today's program amply. At one point you will be on the western edge of the Loldaiga Hills with spectacular views of the Laikipia Plateau below, which you will be crossing over the next four days.

Overnight at the Private Camp Loldaiga Hills. (B.L.D)

Day 7: Leave Loldaiga Hills and cross four ranches on the way to El Karama, home of the Grant Family. Drop down a hidden valley on elephant and buffalo tracks with little dams before crossing Enasoit ranch and then onto the specialist cattle ranch of Mogwooni, home of the Kenyan family. This is one of the few days you will see some cattle fencing. You will have a picnic lunch here on the banks of the Nanyuki River. After lunch, cross onto El Karama ranch 13,000 acres of pristine game country and find the camp on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River.

Overnight at the Private Camp El Karama Ranch (B.L.D)

Day 8: A full day exploring this ranch by horse and vehicle and a good chance of a game walk along the river, before lunch. There is a host of game including Grevy's Zebra, the rare endemic Jackson's Hartebeest, elephant, giraffe and hippo in the river.

Overnight at the Private Camp El Karama Ranch (B.L.D)

Day 9: A long day's ride to Sosian where you will cross the Ewaso Narok River and traverse Segera ranch to the Northwest. This route takes you up the spectacular Sugoroi river valley before crossing rather monotonous black cotton plains, covered in whistling thorn (acacia Drepanolobium) which is home to the Patas monkey, a chestnut colored long limbed primate which is widespread but rare among the northern savannahs of Africa. On to reach the Mutara River and follow this pretty valley down before crossing onto Sosian ranch for a late lunch at the edge of the lovely Suguta Swamp. A short ride after lunch brings you to Sosian Ranch House where you will exchange your tents for the comfort of the lodge.

Overnight at Sosian (B.L.D)

Day 10: A full day riding, driving and enjoying this re-habilitated cattle ranch which boasts a wide variety of game including, Jackson's hartebeest, Grevy's Zebra, Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo, Lion, Giraffe and all the other species. From certain points you can look back at the Loldaiga Hills over which you passed and Mt Kenya now appears a good distance away.

Overnight at Sosian (B.L.D)

Day 11: A last ride followed by lunch by the pool at Sosian and your transfer back to Nairobi in time for the International return flights.* This itinerary is flexible and subject to changes based on the weather, trip guide's discretion or other factors.

Starting from 7,700 USD per person
2012 Set Departure Dates: 20-31 March, 10-21 October or by Private Arrangement all other times. Min 4 pax on Private Departures.