A Guide To Laikipia Plateau
Laikipia Plateau is set against the backdrop of Mt. Kenya. It is home to one of Kenyas highest population of endangered species including black rhinos and half of the worlds Grevy zebra. It has been recently gazetted as Laikipia National Park.
Stretching across the western flank of Mt. Kenya, Laikipia Plateau, gateway to Kenya’s little-visited northern territory, isn’t in itself a national park or reserve, but it’s become one of Kenya’s most recent conservation successes. It’s still free from the hordes of game vehicles and flashing cameras that are found in more well-known regions.
Amid spectacular scenery, traditional ways of pastoral life continue side by
side with an abundance of free-roaming game. This is high country, with altitudes from 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) to 2,600 meters (8,530 feet), so bring those sweaters and jackets. Habitats range from arid semidesert, scrubland, and sprawling open plains in the north and south, to the thick forests of cedar and olive trees in the east. The area around the Laikipia Plateau has one of the biggest and most diverse mammal populations in Kenya—only the Masai Mara can boast more game. The Big Five are all present, plus the wide-ranging painted dogs; there’s even a chance of seeing the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope. Grevy’s zebra, which is more narrowly striped than its southern cousin, was once hunted almost to extinction for its fine desirable skin, but is reestablishing itself well in the area.
Laikipia Plateau Contacts
Attraction Type: Wildlife, Scenery & Landscapes
Category: National Park, Mountain
Region: Mt. Kenya
City / Town: Laikipia
Telephone: 254 20 232 6170
Entrance Fee: Yes