Loisaba Conservancy Laikipia Kenya
Loisaba is a 57,000 acre of private protected wildlife conservancy and working ranch located in Northern Laikipia rift valley zone in East Africa’s safari paradise destination Kenya. The conservancy has two permanent rivers and abundant permanent springs making Loisaba a top safari destination for wildlife throughout the year.
History of Loisaba Conservancy Laikipia Kenya
Formerly owned by the Ancilotto family, who bought the conservancy land in the early 1970s, the main aim was to manage it as a low-impact cattle ranch and a holiday destination with an aim of maintaining the wilderness intact for wildlife and future generations. Count Ancilotto family later leased the land in 1997 to a group of young Kenyans and an American Investor who created the Loisaba conservancy brand and managed it as successful conservation, tourism, and ranching business until December 2014 when, supported by generous donors, The Nature Conservancy and Space for Giants facilitated the transfer of ownership of the property and operating companies to the Loisaba Community Trust.
The Loisaba Community Trust, together with its partners, continues to ensure Loisaba remains a catalyst for community development, a hub for wildlife research, and a world-class ecotourism destination offering unique opportunities for guests to become part of the Loisaba story both during their visit and for years to come.
Loisaba is also part of a larger story that extends well beyond its borders. It sits on the western edge of one of Kenya’s most important elephant movement corridors. Keeping this land and a 15 million-acre landscape of nearby community lands intact and functioning for wildlife, livestock, and northern Kenya’s pastoralist people is being achieved largely through creating community conservancies boarding Loisaba.
The conservancy has worked together to protect this vital piece of land, we believe Loisaba is a model for integrated conservation and social impact that catalyzes peace and security across the Ewaso Ecosystem for people and nature in perpetuity.
Things to do in Loisaba conservancy
One of the best ways to view the wildlife at Loisaba is from a safari converted Land Rover on a game drive. Whether you choose to go out early in the morning or later on in the afternoon, a KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) qualified guide will take you across the open plains, through the central scrub area, or along the river.
As a haven for over 260 bird and 50 mammal species, guests can spend time with towers of endangered reticulated giraffes, herds of elephants and endangered Grevy’s zebra prides of lions, cheetahs, and elusive leopards. African wild dogs, though for many years to be extinct in the region, are once again being sighted at Loisaba. If you are interested in learning about or meeting with our research partners, please do let us know.
A great way to view Loisaba is on foot. You will be accompanied by your guide as well as a ranger whose knowledge of local flora, fauna, and history is unmatched.
Horse riding safaris
Experience the unique exhilaration of riding on the plains with a herd of zebra, walking gently through a graceful tower of giraffes or past a herd of elephants.
On horseback, it is possible to get unusually close to wildlife and our horses and ponies have all been reared from birth in the bush so are quite accustomed to its presence. You will be required to confirm your experience before riding out with our team
Camel riding safaris
The traditional means of transport in the dry desert lands of Northern Kenya is by Camel and another great way to experience Loisaba conservancy.
Cultural and Community visits
For a unique cultural experience, spend an afternoon in our neighboring community and visit a traditional Manyatta (village) and experience the local way of life, watch them dance and view some of their beadwork.
How to get to Loisaba conservancy
Loisaba Conservancy is located about 7 hours from Kenyan capital Nairobi and using a 4×4 safari vehicle you can drive down to the conservancy but the idle way would be to fly from Wilson airport in Nairobi to Loisaba airstrip which the flight takes about 1 hour.
Where to stay in Loisaba conservancy
Loisaba Lodo Springs
Loisaba Lodo Springs offers an ultra-private experience with eight individual, spacious rooms with impressive views that reach across the magical landscape of northern Kenya stretching out to Mount Kenya.
Loisaba tented Camp
With the most breath-taking view looking towards Mount Kenya, Loisaba Tented Camp is perched high on the edge of an escarpment. With a waterhole below attracting wildlife, one can enjoy the expansive view from the comfort of their veranda.
Loisaba star beds
As Loisaba Conservancy lies just off the equator we have the most beautiful night skies. Unique to Loisaba, the Star Beds are an African adventure in themselves – handcrafted four-poster beds which sit on wheels are rolled out onto raised wooden platforms so that guests can sleep under the endless African night sky.
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