Luxury safari Laikipia, Kenya with excursions to the Aberdares and Mount Kenya

Lelwel Hartebeest during a private luxury safari at Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau


Top reasons to choose a Laikipia luxury safari

Wild and expansive luxury safari destination

Laikipia, Kenya’s high country, reaches from the slopes of Mt. Kenya in the east to the Aberdare Mountains and the rim of the Great Rift Valley in the west. To the north its escarpments descend into the arid rangelands of northern Kenya. After Tsavo, Laikipia is Kenya’s most extensive wildlife haven. The area is stunningly diverse with spectacular landscapes against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kenya. A Laikipia safari experience can include various activities that are not usually available in national parks. Walking, horse riding, biking, jogging, cycling, camel walks and scenic flights are some of the adventures that may await visitors to a luxury safari lodge in Laikipia.

Conserving not only wildlife but also a way of life

On the Laikipia plateau wildlife populations and habitats are being conserved on mostly private and communal lands and one can experience conservation that includes rather than excludes people going about their day to day lives; therefore conserving not only wildlife but also a way of life. The Laikipia ecosystem, which is part of the much broader Ewaso ecosystem, supports both herds of domesticated animals and wildlife.

Wildlife population densities ranking second only to the world famous Masai Mara 

Large mammals in Laikipia are both diverse and abundant, perhaps more so than almost anywhere in East Africa. Laikipia is a sanctuary for over 80 mammal species including the Big Five. The second largest elephant population in Kenya occur here, as well as half of Kenya’s black rhino population and a significant proportion of the Kenyan lion population.

Home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered animal species in Kenya

Not only are Kenya's endangered elephant, rhinoceros and lion well represented here. Laikipia is also home to the highest concentration of other endangered species in the country. This includes the globally threatened grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, the only remaining viable population of jackson’s (lelwel’s) hartebeest, as well as an expanding population of the globally endangered African wild dog. 

Globally unique biodiversity

It is not only the large and endangered animals that make Laikipia so special. Its biodiversity is globally unique, with a great diversity of life, from the smallest invertebrates to vast herds of impala, buffalo and zebra, and a rich birdlife.

Helicopter excursion to Mount Kenya

It is often possible to undertake a scenic helicopter excursion to Mount Kenya from luxury Laikipia safari destinations. Mt. Kenya, second highest peak in Africa and an ancient extinct volcano, is one of the most impressive landscapes in Africa: rugged summits clad in remnant glaciers and forested slopes loom over the flat grassland and open woodland on the plains of Laikipia. The Mount Kenya National Park protects this pristine wilderness of glaciers, peaks, lakes, tarns and forests, where rare and endangered species, plains game adapted to high altitude, and unique montane and alpine vegetation occur. Wildlife include elephant, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rate, bushbuck, waterbuck and eland. Leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino also occur but are rarely seen. Mount Kenya has been inscribed by UNESCO as a Kenya World Heritage Site.

Fishing, picnicking and bird watching in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park, an area of great scenic beauty, is also within reach of certain luxury Laikipia safari destinations. This park covers the majestic peaks, moorlands and waterfalls of the higher areas in the Aberdare mountain range. Picnicking, trout fishing and bird watching are favorite activities. The topography of the Aberdares is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. A variety of animals occur in the park including black rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rare sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo - an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Eland and serval cats live higher up in the moorlands.

Art at Segera

Segera Retreat is one of the homes of the Zeitz art collection which comprises paintings, sculptures, video and installation works and is considered one of the leading collections of African contemporary art. The original renovated stables at Segera Retreat provide a unique exhibition space, but many pieces from the collection are also spread out across the estate and can be viewed in the villas and communal areas, at the poolside and in the gardens. Leading and emerging artists from across Africa are showcased. An international artist residency program regularly hosts artists from around the world in the beautiful natural surroundings of Segera Retreat.

Our preferred Laikipia luxury accommodation 

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Laikipia camps or lodges.

Make a difference in an African community - book a Laikipia luxury safari

With the support of the Zeitz Foundation, the mission at Segera Retreat is to achieve a healthy, holistic balance of the 4Cs (Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce). Segera Retreat enhances the livelihoods of its community through sustainable commercial ventures, education and the support of cultural activities. Current projects include a beading group for rural women and a commercial beekeeping initiative. Guests at Segera Retreat can take an interactive tour of the Centre for the 4Cs to enhance their understanding of holistic sustainability. Donations towards the Segera projects can be channeled through lodge management.

Support conservation efforts in Laikipia

Laikipia is a safari destination where innovative environmental management and strong social responsibility are key. Groundbreaking partnerships exist between private investors and local communities that sensitively balance luxury travel and economic development. The Liakipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) plays an important role in promoting proper wildlife conservation, forest and water resources management, environmental education and rangeland management. Through an increased understanding of the value of wildlife, communities in Laikipia ensure that wildlife numbers are not only sustained but in many cases actually increase.

Conservation is one of the "4Cs" - one of four elements (conservation, community, culture, commerce) in the holistic balance that creates sustainability in privately managed areas. This is the mission and vision of the Zeitz Foundation who develops and implements best practice examples of the 4Cs at Segera Retreat.

Best time of year for a luxury safari to Laikipia, the Aberdares and Mount Kenya

Laikipia has lovely weather - moderately warm days and cool nights. Maximum day temperatures range from 23 to 26°C (73 to 79°F) and minimum night temperatures range from 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The highest rainfall occur in April and November.

Contact us for a personalized African luxury safari itinerary that includes Laikipia

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. We recommend to combine your luxury Laikipia safari with other luxury lodges and safari camps in Kenya or elsewhere in East Africa. On request your luxury Laikipia safari can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in Southern Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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