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.
Laikipia Plateau Scenery
The mighty snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya looms over Laikipia Plateau. The semi-arid plains are interrupted by basalt outcrops and lush, forested slopes. The scenic Ewaso Nyiro and Ewaso Narok rivers cut through the plateau via spectacular rock gorges.
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.
Segera Retreat Laikipia Plateau
Segera is situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau. Segera helps conserve the second-highest density of wildlife in Kenya. It is home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life and provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species.
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Segera Retreat takes the form of 6 villas, which are raised off of the ground on wooden decking and are ideal for relaxing surrounded by natural beauty; the outdoor hot tub is proof of that. For honeymooners Villa Segera is recommended; private and secluded the spacious villa boasts its own garden, pool and veranda. For small parties Segera House is a natural choice; capable of accommodating up to 4 people, beautifully decorated with a vintage Rolls Royce garnishing the lounge area.
Best Time to Visit
You can go on safari at Laikipia Plateau year-round. But in terms of the weather, the Dry season (June to September) – along with a period of diminished rainfall at the end/beginning of the year (December to February) – is the best time to visit. Regarding the drier months, animals are easier to spot in the absence of long grass, and the roads are in better condition.
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