This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Laikipia county. Laikipia is a cosmopolitan county located on the equator, in the former Rift Valley Province. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Kenya. It is endowed with natural resources and scenic attraction sites. The county is headed by Governor Ndiritu Muriithi.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Laikipia county.
1. Ol Pejeta Conservancy
It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is also home to over 300 bird species and other wild animals such as lions, buffalos, elephants, zebras, leopards, impalas, gazelles, vervet monkeys and cheetahs. It is a perfect destination for game viewing, camping, bush walks and lion tracking.
2. Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy
It is Kenya’s second largest rhino sanctuary. It is also home to endangered wild species such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, elephants, lions, African wild dog, cheetah, greater kudu and Laikipia hartebeest. The Conservancy also operates as a working cattle ranch and features a state of the art veterinary clinic that serves the whole of Laikipia region.
3. Thomson’s Falls
It is a scenic 74 meters waterfall situated about 3 kilometers from Nyahururu town. Upstream from the falls is one of the highest hippo pools in Kenya. You can visit Nyahururu town to have a glimpse of the spectacular waterfall which plunges down several meters into a fearful gorge.
4. Loisaba Conservancy
It is a 57,000 acre wildlife conservancy, established to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity and habitat. It is a haven for over 200 species of birds, elephants, buffalos, Grevy’s zebra, giraffes, lions, leopards and cheetahs. It is a perfect destination for game drives, bush walks, horse riding, camel riding, mountain biking and bird watching.
5. Mugie Conservancy
It is a private wildlife conservancy located in Laikipia. It is a home to over 100 bird species, animals such as buffalos, elephants, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Jackson’s hartebeest and storks. It also offers exquisite accommodation in tented camps. It is a nice place for game viewing activities, bird watching, camping and bush walks.
6. Ol Lentille Conservancy
It is one of Kenya’s most spectacular and breathtaking location located in the Laikipia region. The private conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, elephants, Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu, leopards, cheetah, striped and spotted hyenas. It offers more than just game viewing and exclusive accommodation. It is also a paradise for bird watching, quad biking, camel safaris, horse riding and sundowners.
7. Sosian Conservancy
The conservancy has exceptional scope for viewing wildlife in its natural habitat. It is a haven for over 350 species of birds, the endemic Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gazelles, cheetah, oryx, lions and leopards. The conservancy also features a beef cattle ranch and a safari lodge that offers luxury accommodation.
8. Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
It was established to prevent extinction by breeding rare and endangered species for rehabilitation to their ancestral wilderness homes. It is one of the few animal orphanages to have successfully bred the rare mountain bongo antelopes. There are many endangered species and wild animals such as the colorful colobus monkeys, zebras, giraffes, cheetah and leopards that you can view at the conservancy.
9. Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy
It is a private conservancy under the umbrella of the Gallmann foundation. It is home to over 400 species of birds, animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, antelopes, zebras, cheetahs and giraffes. It is one of the best places in Laikipia for game viewing activities, bird watching, camping and nature walk.
10. Curio Shops
There are very many curio shops in Nanyuki town. The shops contain a diverse collection of wood carvings, stone sculptures and artifacts of different shapes and sizes.