Set against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, Laikipia is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, and has abundant and diverse wildlife. The area hosts the highest populations of endangered species in the country. A location interposed between the eastern African savannahs and the dry lands of the Horn of Africa gives Laikipia a unique mix of mammal species from both biomes. The larger mammals – elephants, predators, antelopes – will be sure to impress, but don’t forget the many smaller mammals, including bats, rodents and lesser predators, that also have roles to play in the area’s ecology.
Laikipia is also increasingly being recognized as one of the country’s foremost safari destinations. It is home to some of Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges and camps. Wildlife is free to roam between ranches, conservancies and community lands, and the region offers visitors the freedom and space to walk, ride, cycle and camp. Laikipia is the perfect staging post for climbing Mount Kenya. Ascents of the two highest peaks, Batian 5,199 m (17,058 ft) and Nelion 5,188 m (17,022 ft) above sea level respectively, are technical climbs. Many Laikipia camps and lodges offer walking parties the chance to scale Point Lenana, 4,985 m (16,355 ft) above sea level.