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Laikipia Wilderness Camp

Our rating

10/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families

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Overview

Laikipia Wilderness Camp is a superb intimate wilderness safari experience in the wild Laikipia region. In our opinion the Camp is pitched perfectly (no pun intended) - intimate, wilderness setting, good wildlife, ambience, but no unnecessary luxuries which means it offers relatively good value for money.

The Laikipia region is a vast expanse of wilderness spreading from the foothills of Mount Kenya towards the Rift Valley. Unlike Kenya’s prominent National Parks, this is an area where other tourists are few and far between and where game drives are just a part of the experience. Privately managed, but rich in wildlife, Laikipia is Kenya’s best location for walking and experiencing the African bush. Laikipia combines well with the Masai Mara and if you are headed in that direction it makes sense to fly onto the Mara or make a longer road journey of it, with a couple of nights in the Rift Valley on route. Alternatively you could focus your entire safari experience in Laikipia and then combine with a relaxing break on the Kenyan Coast. It is a 5 hour drive from Nairobi to Laikipia or you can fly to Nanyuki and transfer by road (1 1/2 hours) from there.

This is a small, simple camp in a stunning location offering a very welcome balance of ambience, comfort and superb wildlife without being ridiculously expensive. The five tents are large and comfortable, each built on a platform with a private veranda, proper beds and behind the tent an en suite bathroom partially open to the skies allowing you to shower under the stars. There is a tented mess building with dining room, bar and sitting room/library, and a deck in front with open camp-fire in the evenings. Meals are simple home-made affairs usually served outside set around a camp fire.

The area offers fantastic wildlife with big numbers of elephants, giraffe, hippo, Grevy’s zebra, leopard, wild dog, lion, striped and spotted hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, and over 280 species of birds. Hosts Steve and Annabelle Carey have been running safaris in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya for the last 20 years. There are no set routines as each day is different depending on what the wildlife is doing, and what you will most enjoy. You can combine game drives (in open vehicles, day or night) with walking, Rock-climbing, Swimming, Rafting and Fishing in the river and visits to local Samburu villages.

We strongly recommend Laikipia Wilderness Camp for walkers and families. Walking is a speciality, whether you just want a short half hour walk, or to head out for the day and fly camp overnight in the bush. It offers the perfect contrast to game drives, allowing you to stretch your legs and enjoy a more immersive and often more educational bush experience.

The Camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and scramble and climb on nearby outcrops. The owners have three of their own children on camp and will suggest a programme designed to suit you. We recommend a minimum stay of three nights, but you could happily stay a whole week. Some tents are close together specifically for families and all of the tents can comfortably sleep three, or four if it is two younger children. There is no minimum age restriction.

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Suggested Itineraries for Laikipia Wilderness Camp

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Combines one of our favourite safari camps in Africa with a barefoot beach lodge on the Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $3,355 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,621 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

The best of Kenya for families, combining the wilderness of Laikipia North, superb safari in the Masai Mara and the beautiful Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 13 days

Adults from $7,233 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,869 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

Enjoy some of the best safari in Africa on this two centre fly-in safari in the Laikipia Wilderness and Masai Mara.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $4,906 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $830 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,858 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $830 per person economy class from London

Wilderness experience in Northern Kenya enjoying guided walking, sleeping under the stars, fishing and swimming in the river and guided game drives in the open plains searching for Big Five.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $4,801 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,711 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 493 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

  • Speke's camp was absolutely ideal - small and personal, with great hosts. We'd definitely recommend the "tented safari" experience to others. The kid's didn't miss having a pool (too interested in Safari). Speke's camp give you your own landrover and driver/guide, which gave us great flexibility (much better I suspect than what is offered by some of the larger camps). Our guide was brilliant. See below for the review we just posted on rip Advisor.

    I think the only negative of the trip was getting through Nairobi airport (multiple security checks, and they ask you to "board" two hours in advance, which in fact means going into crowded transit lounge with no facilities), but there's not anything anyone can do about that

    It's also worth saying that Peponi really is a unique experience. It's a proper East African institution, with all the locals dropping into the bar. It's the perfect antidote to anyone wanting to get away from the soulless all inclusive resorts which could be absolutely anywhere in the world (which seem to be a bit of a feature of Zanzibar). Lamu is still amazingly undeveloped.

    We stayed at Speke's camp for 4 nights in August 2018 - a family of two adults and two children. For us it was the perfect location to experience the Mara. The camp is only a short drive outside the main Mara reserve and is in an amazingly picturesque location, set by a small river in the shade of trees. Wildlife roams near (and sometimes through!) the camp. You get to feel very close to nature when you have a buffalo rooting up grass just outside your tent in the middle of the night!

    The camp itself is small and has a very personal feel to it. There are only eight or so guest tents, so you get to meet everyone passing through. One of the great pleasures was getting to chat to other guests over the evening meal or round the camp fire, swapping stories of the day's sightings. If you do want a little more privacy, then it's absolutely fine to eat in your own group.

    Whilst you do sleep and eat under canvas, it is an extremely civilised experience: the beds are comfy (with hot water bottles provided to ward off the chill of the evenings); there are bucket showers which sound much more primitive than they really are; the communal area is very elegantly laid out; tea is brought to the tent before setting out on early morning game drives, and the food was fantastic.

    What really makes the experience however are the wonderful hosts. Both Adrian and Veronique made a real effort to get to know us and ensure we were well looked after; and it's certainly worth picking Adrian's brains on the history of the region (it's not called Speke's camp for nothing)

    The final word must go to our wonderful guide/driver Ambrose and our Masai spotter Marco. It was a real privilege to have our own land-rover and to be shown the reserve by such knowledgeable and charming individuals. Ambrose is a proper naturalist, can identify a lilac breasted roller at 200 yards, and knows where to see the best wildlife without simply following other trucks. On our final afternoon, with 30 minutes before we had to leave the Mara Triangle, we had seen every animal and bird that was on our wish list (including a live Cheetah kill), but had not seen a rhino. Marco saw a speck on the horizon, Ambrose drove like the clappers and as a parting gift we were able to see this most elusive animal up close. Notwithstanding all the awe-inspiring nature, I think my wife's personal highlight was driving the land rover back to amp along the dirt track through herds of zebra and ambling giraffe. A truly amazing experience all round.

    MissingJonathan Ibbott reviewing Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari on 24 August 2018

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