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OFFBEAT SAFARIS

LAIKIPIA ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Visit a world-famous nature conservancy on 40,000 acres of pristine country on the Northern slopes of Mount Kenya.  Discover the big five and a host of other species such as Grevy's Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe and other rare species. Ride to the west crossing the Ngare Ndare River and onto Borana Ranch, another cattle ranch turned conservation area.  You might meet a variety of game including black rhino and elephant and a host of other species including the reticulated giraffe.

Cross from Borana onto Ole Naishi ranch and climb the first ridge of the spectacular Loldaiga Hills. These form a northern extension of the Mt Kenya Massive and consist of large rocky Kopje's interspersed with Cedar forest. Cross Ole Naishi onto Loldaiga Hills a 55,000-acre ranch and one of the most beautiful farms in Africa. Camp at the head of a beautiful valley surrounded by cedar forest. The next day is spent on spectacular rides and a picnic lunch by land rover to the northern areas of the ranch.

Drop down a hidden valley on elephant and buffalo tracks before crossing Enasoit ranch and then onto the specialist cattle ranch of Mogwooni.  Enjoy a picnic lunch here on the banks of the Nanyuki River.  After lunch El Karama ranch awaits - 13,000 acres of pristine game country where you camp on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River. There is a host of game including Grevy's Zebra, the rare endemic Jackson's Hartebeest, elephant, giraffe and hippo in the river.

Cross the Ewaso Narok River and traverse Segera ranch to the Northwest. Head up the Sugoroi river valley before crossing rather monotonous black cotton plains, covered in whistling thorn (acacia Drepanolobium) which is home to the Patas monkey -- rare among the northern savannahs of Africa. You reach the Mutara River and follow this pretty valley down before crossing onto Sosian ranch for a late lunch at the edge of the lovely Suguta Swamp. A short ride after lunch ends at Sosian Ranch House where tents are exchanged for the comfort of the lodge.

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