Lying on the edge of the Northern Frontier, the Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. The Laikipia region boasts one of the largest elephant populations on the planet.
Laikipia Plateau Facts
- Size: 9700km²
- When to visit the park: January - March, July - October (warm and dry. Preferred season)
- Climate: Warm days and cool nights predominate, with very low humidity in the driest season
- Rainfall: 400mm - 1550mm per annum (north-east), 500mm - 1850mm (south-west)
- Altitude: ranges from 1700m to 2600m above sea level
Information On Laikipia Plateau
Lying on the edge of Northern Frontier, the Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia boasts one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa (over 3000) and is one of the last strongholds of the endangered Black Rhino. Despite its scattered mosaic of farms and cattle ranches, it is essentially still a wilderness, a wildlife refuge supporting huge numbers of game.
Compared to game reserves such as the Masai Mara, Laikipia remains almost completely unknown to tourists and it is also the only part of Kenya in which wildlife numbers have actually increased over the past 20 years. However, it is slowly becoming a tourist hot-spot and offers some of the most luxurious and exclusive safari lodges in Africa.
With more mammals than anywhere else in East Africa, Laikipia is home to some of the biggest herds of elephant outside the Tsavo National Parks and is the only place to view the endangered Jackson's Hartebeest and Kenya's Black Rhino. Other game includes lion, cheetah, wild dog, impala, gazelle, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and the elusive leopard.
Where is Laikipia Plateau located?
Eastern Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, to the east and north-east of Mount Kenya. The Laikipia includes; the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy and to a degree the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
The Laikipia Plateau is rather hard to nail down on a Google Map, but the following link is a +- on where it is located; Google Maps - Laikipia Plateau
Main Attractions Of Laikipia Plateau
- Largest herds of elephants
- The snow-capped splendour of Mt. Kenya
- The Black Rhino