This central part of Kenya is largely well-watered, fertile and heavily populated. This is due to the altitude provided by the Mount Kenya and Aberdares mountain ranges.

From a safari perspective, the most interesting areas lie around the margins the north and east, where the rivers of the central highlands flow out into the surrounding semi-desert. Out here the human populations are much less dense and there is much more opportunity for wildlife.

Far off to the east, Meru is a relatively remote, little-visited and highly attractive game reserve.

Laikipia East includes the popular reserves of Lewa, Samburu and Shaba, as well as some more remote safari options in the rangelands in between.

Laikipia North is an area where huge old cattle stations have been converted back into wildlife areas. Here we find several of the country's finest lodges, plus interesting activities such as camel, horse and balloon safaris.

Those more populous central areas around Mount Kenya and the Aberdares tend to be of rather peripheral interest to the majority of visitors these days.
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