Laikipia's Hidden Gems

7 days 6 nights
Kenya
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

This six-night journey spans three privately-owned wildlife conservancies situated in the Laikipia Region, known for its abundant wildlife and proximity to Mt. Kenya. During the safari, guests will stay at three charming campsites in an area with minimal other accommodations. The region boasts a diverse array of wildlife, including unique species indigenous to northern Kenya such as reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebras, gerenuks, oryx, as well as greater and lesser kudus. Visitors also have a high likelihood of encountering the rare black rhino, offering a truly special experience.

The landscape of the area varies greatly, ranging from forests to open plains, rolling hills and rocky escarpments. When the terrain opens up, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the arid lands of the Northern Frontier District.

from US$ 7 995
per tourist for 7 days
Departing from
Nairobi
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Photo Gordie C.
Gordie C. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I was initiated into the safari world as a youngster. Born in Kenya and raised with the promise of adventure during every school holiday, I mastered the idiosyncratic skills of safari as a boy, helping the camp crew put up tents, pack trucks and saddle horses. I guided my first safari aged eighteen and now have over thirty years of experience in the bush. My untamed love of all things wild and my passion and respect for Africa's people and wildlife, makes me a fascinating and inspiring character. I am completely immersed in Africa.

Tour highlights

Top Class Luxury Camping
Experience royal-like accommodation in luxurious settings
Drinks as the Sun Sets
Enjoy gin and tonics while watching the stunning African sunset and the wildlife around
In the Land of Wildlife
Watch rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and other wild species

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

You are required to have arrived in Nairobi the day prior, and lodging for that night is not provided. Your hosts will readily organize a transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to your hotel.

On the first day of the safari, you will be taken from your hotel to the local airport for a briefing. After that, you will board a morning flight to Nanyuki airstrip, departing at 9:00am and arriving around 9:30am. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and driven to the Lolldaiga Conservancy for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you can either go on your first safari ride or opt for a guided walk or game drive.

Both lunch and dinner will be served at the camp.

Riding: 5-10 kilometers

Day 2
Kampi Ya Arusi
Day 3
To Kampi Ya Kamau
Day 4
Kampi Ya Kamau
Day 5
To Acacia Dam, Borana Conservancy
Day 6
Acacia Dam
Day 7
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

4-6 hours riding every day. Riders at an intermediate level or higher in English-style riding should feel comfortable riding at various speeds, be able to rise or post to the trot for extended periods, and have the ability to gallop when necessary. It is advantageous to be physically fit and skilled in riding. The guide will evaluate each participant's abilities, and if he deems a rider insufficiently skilled and potentially risky to themselves and others, they may be asked to continue the safari in a vehicle instead of on horseback.

The riding style involves English General Purpose (GP) and French cavalry saddles, with most horses using snaffle bridles. Double-sided saddlebags are provided for carrying water bottles, cameras and rain gear.

Children are welcome but must demonstrate strength and proficiency in riding, being able to ride comfortably at all speeds, trot for extended periods, endure long hours in the saddle and gallop when needed. Therefore, these rides are not recommended for children under 12 years old.

Horses: Mix of Somali-Arab Crosses and Thoroughbreds.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Tent
6 nights

Single Supplement can be arranged for 2000 USD pp.

6 nights
Mobile Tented Camps

You will be staying in traditional mobile tented camps, a hallmark of a safari experience. These camps are relocated every other day, and you will ride out to meet them in the afternoon. These are not your typical camping accommodations; the tents are opulent, cozy and lavish. They are set up in remote and picturesque locations, carefully selected to provide an immersive experience while ensuring privacy. The sites could be nestled under a canopy of trees or next to a tranquil stream.

The spacious tents are equipped with either twin or double beds, rugs and nightstands. Guests can enjoy hot showers, plush towels, warm feather duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets and hot water bottles for added comfort after a day of exploration. Each tent has its own separate canvas shower and toilet units. Solar lights and hurricane lanterns illuminate the camp, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The camp staff handle all the details, and once your stay is over, the camp is packed up, leaving the wilderness untouched and pristine.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Nairobi
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation (6 nights);
  • all meals;
  • all drinks in camp (bottled water included);
  • riding and other safari activities;
  • guides;
  • Nairobi airport transfers;
  • Flying Doctors' membership;
  • conservation fees;
  • return domestic flights (Nairobi-Nanyuki-Nairobi);
  • laundry;
  • taxes.

Extras

  • international flights;
  • Nairobi hotel on first night;¬†
  • visas;
  • insurance;
  • tips;
  • additional services;
  • activities not mentioned.

Group size

up to 12 tourists

Duration

7 days
6 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Khaki riding clothes are recommended. Also bring your required medication and malarial prophylaxis.

  • 1 half chaps and riding gloves¬†
  • 1 pair short riding boots¬†
  • 1 pair shoes and flip-flops¬†
  • 1 light rain jacket (essential)¬†
  • 1 warm jumper / fleece¬†
  • 1 jeans / long trousers / slacks¬†
  • 1 shorts
  • 2 riding breeches / jodhpurs¬†
  • 4 long sleeved shirts¬†
  • underwear, socks & pajamas
  • riding helmet, brimmed hat and dark glasses¬†
  • lightweight binoculars¬†
  • digital camera, memory cards, 300 x zoom and wide-angle lenses, power-bank¬†
  • mini first aid kit to include: insect repellent, eye drops, lip balm and sun cream (high protection factor)¬†

PROVIDED 

  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap¬†
  • Safari baseball cap and 750 ml water bottle as a gift

Personal effects should be packed into a soft duffle bag with a maximum luggage weight limit of 15 kg per person, including carry-on luggage. Dinners are smart-casual, please bring appropriate clothing as temperatures can drop to 10C.

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