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Laikipia South

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... is centred on the town of Nanyuki and covers the northern part of the broad saddle of land that lies between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares in the Central Kenya.

This is an area of well-watered and fertile uplands, much of which is now quite heavily farmed, densely populated and not a particularly wild place. It is, however, home to some very important and pioneering conservation projects, fenced reserves which provide a key buffer zone between the more heavily populated areas to the south and the wild open ranges to the north.

The most significant of these projects is the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which contains a good range of wildlife. The area is best known for its rhino conservation work. The handful of northern white rhinos that remain in the world all live here. The area also a chimpanzee sanctuary for animals rescued from war zones over the years, but which we find an incredibly depressing experience.

To the north of Ol Pejeta the landscapes start to become a lot more wild, as many of the colonial cattle ranches have been converted back to wildlife and have dismantled their fences. To the south of Ol Pejeta the reserves tend to be smaller and more intensely encircled by human populations, but there are some interesting accommodation options and, notably, some good lower cost horse-back safaris.

Unfortunately Laikipia South lies on the main minibus safari route north to Samburu, which means that there is a steady flow of budget traffic, especially into Ol Pejeta.


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