Laikipia is wild, sparsely populated and considered the gateway to Kenya’s northern territory. Linked with community programmes, visitors to this region have some of the best opportunities to experience culture and farming, traditional home-stays, proactive conservation and the flexibility of walking, camel, horse, camping and cycling safaris. The group of ranches has become a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, wild dog and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic northern species. Game-viewing tends to be more intimate and adventurous here, where exploring is at your own pace with community guides who know the area intimately. To the north of Mount Kenya, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a vast 45’000 acres. The story of Lewa started when Ian Craig took over the running of his parent’s cattle farm in 1977. From then the conservancy has grown and the wildlife within has increased and you can now enjoy some of the most rewarding wildlife sightings in Kenya here. Common and Grevy’s zebra are found as well as buffalo, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Grant’s gazelle, eland and impala, this rich variety of plains wildlife means that the predators are never far behind with lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Black and white rhino are also found here as well as large herds of elephant.