Wildlife & Animals – Laikipia

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Laikipia Plateau is home to all of the Big Five. The different ranches offer very different wildlife experiences, and some have better animal densities than others. In general, the wildlife viewing is excellent. Most of the reserves have a good population of both black and white rhino, and even the black rhino are relatively well habituated, which makes viewing easier. The plateau supports thousands of elephants and plenty of predators.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaCommon
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Laikipia is home to more than 70% of the world’s remaining Grevy's zebra population. It also has healthy numbers of wild dogs. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Ol Pejeta supports the country’s only chimpanzee population. The chimpanzees live on an island and can be viewed from an observation tower.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Many lodges are closed in April, May and November due to rain. The soil in the region is mostly black cotton soil, which becomes very difficult to navigate after heavy rain. The best time for wildlife viewing is from July to September and January to March.

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