Nanyuki is a town found on the expansive Laikipia plains towards the northern parts of Kenya. Its close proximity to the equator gives it a conducive environment for holidaymakers to tour all year round without extreme weather effects. It is accessible from Nairobi via road, air and now train with a travel time of between 30 minutes to 3 hrs. Among the major attractions in the neighborhood include;
MOUNT KENYA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
Just at the foot at Mount Kenya is another beautiful haven of wildlife, the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. Set up with the key goal of rescuing, nurturing, and rehabilitating all wild creatures that need help, this conservancy’s location gives it a unique sense of appeal for mountaineering lovers and highland life. No words can well explain the experience of waking up to panoramic views of Mount Kenya. The nearby Mount Kenya Forest creates a cool resemblance of the Swiss Alps that form the Alpine region of Switzerland.
Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy also plays a great role in conserving one of the most beautiful antelopes in Kenya, the mountain bongo, a greatly endangered species. The professional staff at the conservancy are also involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals that have been injured. Lovers of wildlife and conservation who visit the conservancy never resist an opportunity to contribute in one way or one another to the conservation effort. You could even get a chance to adopt a young animal, see it grow and develop into the wild!
Epic experiences in the wild can be created on helicopter or horse-back safaris. Adventure and sports lovers also have the opportunity to go mountaineering and hiking on neighboring Mount Kenya, golfing at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, play tennis, lawn bowling, sport fishing, fly fishing, and gliding in the clear mountain streams.
NGARE NDARE FOREST RESERVE
Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200-year-old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries.
In the 1980s farmland became more developed on the southern side of the forest, and farmers came into regular clashes with elephants. In an attempt to alleviate fatal human/ wildlife conflict, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland in 1992. Yet the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust wasn’t registered until 2004, and a concession management agreement was finalized with the Kenya Forest Service only as recently as 2009.
OL JOGI WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
Ol Jogi is a beautiful private safari house, located on a 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy in Laikipia in Kenya. Booked exclusively for families or friends, it offers an ultimate East Africa safari experience with superb wildlife on the reserve.
Offering the ultimate exclusive safari experience, Ol Jogi has a prime position in Kenya’s beautiful Laikipia region, located on a 60,000-acre private conservancy. It is the only safari property here and is booked exclusively for groups of between four and 25 guests who have this vast wilderness to themselves to explore. Family-owned for more than 40 years, this truly feels like a home from home.
The conservancy is home to some impressive wildlife, including the Big Five and numerous endangered species such as African wild dogs, Eastern Black Rhinos, and Grevy’s zebras. You’ll find endless ways to explore, from more traditional safari activities such as guided walking safaris and game drives to more adventurous options including horse riding, fishing, walking with a troop of baboons with their researcher, rock climbing or hiking the unique geology of the sandy erosion gully.
NANYUKI EQUATOR MARKER
Nanyuki is a town in central Kenya. It’s known as a gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park. Several trails, including the Naro Moru and Sirimon routes, ascend the mountain. The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs and more than 100 bird species. Northwest of Nanyuki, the plains and hills of the vast Laikipia Plateau are home to lions, elephants, and rare Grevy’s zebras.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent, snow-capped Mount Kenya. Habitats here include semi-arid grassland, woodland, riverine forest, and wetland. The conservancy flanks the scenic Ewaso Nyiro River.
Today, Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya and still manages a very successful livestock program. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare, and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
Lewa serves as a safe refuge for the critically endangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, as well as the elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog, and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. The Conservancy is also home to more than 400 species of birds.
Lewa envisions a future where people across Kenya value, protect, and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to deliver their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitats. As a result, Lewa invests heavily in the livelihoods of its neighbors through programs in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment, and more.