- Country house feel
- Wilderness experience
- Fantastic facilities
- Beautiful landscapes
Sosian is a stunning lodge, half elegant colonial ranch, half bush wilderness set in the stunning landscapes of the Laikipia Highlands. It is a little more expensive than the alternative owner occupied options in the area, but will suit those looking for a more refined luxury touch and the extra facilities this affords.
Sosian is set on a 24,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, sharing the land with a traditional cattle ranch. Sosian’s original ranch house was built in the 1940’s by Italian artisans, restored in recent years to accommodate up to 14 people with a feel reminiscent of a weekend party at a country house. Seven cottages are dotted throughout the lush gardens, stocked with verdant greenery, flower-beds and bird life. Each cottage lies with its own private veranda and en suite fully plumbed bathroom. There is a honeymoon cottage set on its own, two cottages with 2 double rooms each (not interconnecting) and one three bedroomed cottage. Meals are usually taken at the main ranch house which boasts a wrap-around veranda, snooker room and glamorous dining room. A real highlight of the property are its facilities, including a rock swimming pool, set beside an open-sided thatched roof house, spaced with hammocks and comfy day beds, a Tennis Court, high quality riding stables (primarily aimed at more experienced riders) and Organic Vegetable Garden.
Similar to the neighbouring Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Sosian's speciality is in providing a private game viewing experience, away from the restrictions of National Park rules. The focus here is on experiencing the bush, the wildlife and landscapes with a sense of freedom and exploration, with trekking, Bush Walks, Riding, Camel Safaris, Game-Drives and Night-Drives all on offer. As well as looking for wildlife, there are other activities available which include Fishing, Archery, Tennis, Rafting, Tubing down the River and swimming in the rivers after jumping off Waterfalls or a visit to a nearby Samburu settlement.
As well as big herds of elephant, zebra, buffalo, numerous species of antelope, giraffe and hippo; lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyenas are regularly spotted. Sosian is home to some rare and endangered mammal species such as Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, Reticulated giraffe, striped hyena and aardwolf. There are three packs of African Wild Dogs in the area and sightings of these endangered predators are prolific. The birdlife is spectacular and large raptors such as Martial Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, and Bateleur are resident and often seen.
For Families: Sosian is an excellent choice for families looking for a wilderness bush experience combined with a good dose of comfort and facilities such as a pool and tennis courts. It is our opinion that whilst not offering the same sheer numbers of plains wildlife and predators as the Masai Mara, The Laikipia area is a superior safari experience for families offering a more rounded and fun safari experience. Whilst kids (and adults) may grow tired of game drives, it is hard to imagine anyone growing tired of the variety of activities on offer here. Families are usually accommodated either in two adjacent rooms in a standard cottage or in the three bedroom family cottage.
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.
Finn 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!
William K 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.
Jonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018