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Laikipia Wilderness Camp

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

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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, ambiance, 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, Biking, Rafting and Fishing in the river, visits to local Samburu villages, Fly camping, Birding, Wild dog and lion tracking, rope swing, rock scrambling and waterfall visits.

We strongly recommend Laikipia Wilderness Camp for walkers and families. Walking is a specialty, 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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  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • 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 K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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