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Laikipia Plateau

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This place has been beautifully described in the book, "I Dreamed of Africa" written by Kuki Gallman's. The Laikipia Plateau covers a big area that had cattle ranches and farms basically. But as the locals saw the immense scope of wildlife tourism; this entire place came into the limelight. A wildlife conservation area came into existence due to the combined efforts of the farmers, the tribesmen and the ranchers. You can see the huge savannah area there today that is a home to wild animals and birds. The Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) was formed in the year 1992. As a result of this effort, the endangered mammals have a safe habitat in East Africa.

Fed by two rivers, Ewaso Nyiro and Ewaso Narok, Laikipia Plateau has diverse scenery, from the edge of the Great Rift Valley, to the mountain peaks of Mount Kenya. The plains are rather dusty, but the grasslands cover massive areas where wild animals come to graze. The waterholes, rivers and the rocky hills are spread across the plateau.

After the Tsavo National Park, this eco-system is second largest in size (3,100m²). It is larger than the other well-known Kenyan game reserves and national parks. The number of wild animals has increased over the past 20 years. This is due to the untiring conservation efforts of the LWF. It is certain that in the next two decades, Laikipia will emerge as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya.

Wildlife:  This place is home to the endangered black rhino population. This also has the largest elephant populations in the entire East Africa and the largest population of the Grevy’s zebra (70% of the world’s population). Other mammals include: Beisa Oryx -  Cheetah -  Gazelle -  Gerenuk -  Reticulated Giraffe -  Jackson’s Hartebeest - Impala - Leopard - Lion - Somali Ostrich - African Wild Dog