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Laikipia Plateau reviews

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“Temparatures can be pretty high. Wear light clothing and a wide straw hat. ” - LoiseK

Amazing Savannah

Views: 543 Visited: Aug 2012 Reviewed: May 11, 2013

A batch of friends and I took a drive from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to the Lewa Conservancy on the Laikipia Plateau. From the Nyeri/Nanyuki road, you have the magnificent view of the towering Mt Kenya on east side and the rolling Aberdare ranges on the other. Further, into the plateau, you get a magnificent view of vast grassland that surprises with the odd sighting a herd of giraffes, zebras, gazelles and the occasional hyena.

Having spent most of day driving through the plateau, we finally arrived at the conservancy. The most amazing thing about this, and the other conservancies in the area, is the sheer vastness of the land on which it stands. Lewa sits on 30,000 hectares of savannah.

At Lewa, we took a guided bush walk through the grassland and enjoyed the peace of morning breeze against a backdrop of gazelles, zebras and wildebeest grazing on the dewy morning grass. The Ngare Ndare forest was amazing with its streams and bird life and we had a great picnic by the river. On the second day, we took a game drive and were able to see more of the expansive ranch and sight the more of the animals we dare not get close to, on a walk. The conservancy has lots of gazelles, zebra, rhino, buffalo, and even elephant.

On a clear morning, you can enjoy the amazing view of snow at the peak of Mount Kenya against a backdrop of sunrise from the east. It is an amazing site!

All in all the guides on both the game drive and the walk were great and knowledgeable and the accommodation and food at the campsite A+. The amazing thing is proceeds of fees for the park go into conserving endangered species in the area.

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