Laikipia Wilderness Camp is a relaxed setting, with friendly and knowledgeable staff who will enhance your visit, whatever the length of your stay. Highly recommended!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Laikipia Wilderness Camp is about two hours’ drive north of Nanyuki, on the Ol Doinyo Lemboro Ranch, overlooking the Ewaso Ngiro River valley.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The infrastructure of the camp has been deliberately left as unspoilt and basic as possible, allowing visitors to become awestruck by the untamed wildlife and beautiful nature of Laikipia. The central area includes one large tent, which is both the lounge and dining area. This mess tent includes cane furniture and some literature in a small library if you fancy a relaxing period of reading. There is a raised deck area just outside the tent, where everyone, owners and guests alike, eats together for breakfast and lunch. It really is a fantastic way to tuck into some quality grub (the food on offer is amazing!) in magnificent company and with a beautiful view of the Kenyan scenery, including Mount Kenya in the distance. Just behind the kitchen, guests are welcome to have dinners around the fire or spend sunset at a nearby rocky outcrop, which overlooks the Ewaso Narok River. The vantage point is truly spectacular and complements the back-to-basics feel of the whole Laikipia Wilderness Camp experience! Whereas at some camps you might expect luxury, here the emphasis is on the outdoors and the joy one can feel from living around the campfire and spending most of your time outdoors.
The accommodation itself is based within four large tents, with a recommendation for two adults per tent, though children are welcome as the owners have children themselves. The uncomplicated feel to the camp includes a lack of landscaping between the mess tent and the guest tents, which you can find through the natural vegetation on small paths. The guest tents have comfortable beds in which to rest up during the night and also include bedside tables, storage shelves, and a private veranda where you can sit back in the cane chairs and look out into the bush with wonder! This is everything you need – in fact, Laikipia Wilderness Camp is often used as part of a two- or three-day flying safari, in conjunction with other camps. Each guest tent has its own en-suite bathroom, which can be found outdoors, with both hot and cold running water. There is nothing quite like walking out of your tent into your own private outdoor bathroom and bathing while taking in the sights and sounds of the safari. The showers are powered by wood fire boilers, which can be found behind each tent, so you do not have to worry about cold water if you are looking for an invigorating hot shower!
Now we know that if you are looking at a Kenyan camp, you will want to get a real feel and understanding of the natural habitat and wildlife. You are in the right place at Laikipia! The owners have experience in providing the ultimate ‘local’ experience of the wild, with activities including walking safari, connecting you to other camps if you wish, as well as a madcap vehicle safari, where you can be driven at break-neck speed in two fully open Toyota Land Cruisers. Do not worry – everyone’s bottom is cushioned from the bumpy ground by the padded bench seats! Fly camping is offered just a few miles outside of the camp, where you will be afforded bedrolls and small tents, with a campfire to sit around and tell stories at night. You can also visit local Samburu villages for a slice of native Kenya, as well as take on expeditions to Lake Bogoria Baringo and Turkana for beautiful landscape. The surrounding areas of the camp are flush with wildlife, from elephant and giraffe to zebra and lion, hippo, wild dog and hyena. Add to that the hundreds of species of birdlife – and you are in the centre of a lush and vibrant environment!
One of the best parts of the hospitality at Laikipia Wilderness Camp is the flexibility of the owners and management. They provide daily schedules based on your interests. So if you are looking to take photographs of wild animals, they can walk or drive you to the right spot. And if you want to track game on foot, or see specific animal behaviour, they know exactly where to take you! Night drives, rock climbing, and the best places to swim and fish in the river, are other options Steve and Annabelle are more than happy to help you with. Nothing is too much trouble! When out in the wild fly-camping, or on foot a few miles out from camp, you will be accompanied at all times by a trained firearms holder, as your safety is paramount here.