Laikipia is located on the equator in the larger Rift Valley Region, 186 kilometres from Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The county has two major urban centres; Nanyuki, and Nyahururu with its capital being Ramuruti.
The county is known as one of the world’s most exciting wilderness safari and wildlife tourism destinations, with abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and extraordinary cultural diversity.Over the years, Laikipia has grown as a tourist destination with investors setting up hotels, lodges and camps in various parts of the county.
After Tsavo, Laikipia is Kenya’s most extensive wildlife haven, forming part of the much broader 56,000km2 Ewaso Ecosystem.
How to Get to Laikipia
Nanyuki is the getaway to Laikipia for most visitors travelling form Nairobi.
A drive to Laikipia takes roughly three hours via Sagana, Karatina with the road connecting to Meru and Isiolo.
Laikipia can also be reached from Nakuru in the Rift Valley via Nyahururu – a drive of some 130 km on good tar that also takes about three hours.
You can fly to Laikipia from Wilson Airport with Air Kenya, Safari Link or Fly540.
The planes fly directly to Nanyuki Airfield, Lewa, Loisaba and Samburu from where you can connect to Laikipia.
Both carriers also operate flights to the Masai Mara National Reserve from Nanyuki, Loisaba and Samburu.
Tropic Air, located in Nanyuki, operates aeroplanes and helicopter air charters within Laikipia, and beyond.
Many ranches and conservancies have their own airstrips, which can be used by charter aircraft.
Most of these facilities will arrange to transfer guests directly by air or road from Nairobi or any other destination, as part of their service.