The Laikipia Plateau is the gateway to Kenya’s seldom-visited northern territory, which is not in itself a national park or reserve, but has nevertheless become one of Kenya’s more recent conservation success stories. A stunningly diverse and seemingly magical environment, the Laikipia region boasts woodlands, grasslands and fertile riverbeds where water flowing from the Aberdare Mountains long ago gave rise to the Mutara River to the north, and the Ewaso Nyiro, Suguroi and Segera Rivers to the south.
A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River, and the natural Ivy Springs in the Valley of Kiseregai Creek attract herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and many other native species throughout the year. Preserving the unique biodiversity in Laikipia’s mostly private and communal lands region is an essential cornerstone of the conservation efforts in Kenya as a whole.
The area around the Laikipia Plateau has one of the biggest and most diverse mammal populations in Kenya; only the Masai Mara boasts more game. The Big Five are all here, plus the wide-ranging wild dogs. There’s even a chance of seeing the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope. Grevy’s zebra, which is more narrowly striped than its southern cousin, was once hunted to the brink of extinction for its fine desirable skin, but is re-establishing itself in the area.
Segera is one of the jewels of the Laikipia Plateau. When it was acquired by Jochen Zeitz in 2005, the land was overgrazed and hounded by poachers. Determined to restore its wildernesses, Zeitz turned his attention to conserving the beauty of the region, engaging the community, and preserving the cultural legacy of the land’s indigenous people. Since then, a number of conservation and community initiatives have been successfully introduced, such as education centres, fresh water programs and solar energy facilities.
Due to its location in the highlands, the Laikipia Plateau has a cool, temperate climate with distinct rainy and dry seasons. The long rains occur between March and May, when there are downpours on a daily basis, and it’s very cloudy - especially in the highlands. The short rains are quite unpredictable but generally occur during November and December. The dry season is experienced from June to October, with clear skies and sunny days.