Thursday, 9 July 2015

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy

The  Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range.  The savannah plains and lush mountain slopes are home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog and kudu in ever increasing numbers. This remote and dramatic landscape is also home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famed ‘singing wells’ are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife.
The green paradise forest of the northern Frontier displays a unique blend in the midst of the arid plateau. There are different varieties of butterflies recorded here not forgetting the birds. Its an amazing night sighting for Elephants, Cape buffalos, bushbucks and the elusive leopard which visit the river at the front of the Kitich Camp.
The conservancy is best for forest walks, honeymoon and cultural visits to Samburu villages. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Loisaba Wilderness Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy is outstandingly beautiful; its abundant wildlife is truly wild in Laikipia Plateau. The terrain varies enormously across the reserve.To the north lie the grassy plains of the plateau; to the south, the plateau breaks into valleys, cliffs and escarpments that frame stunning views up to the snows of Mount Kenya. At their base lies a different riverine ecosystem on the banks of two major rivers, the Ewaso N'giro and the Engare Narok.

The diverse habitats of the conservancy support a wide variety of wildlife. It is a haven for more than 260 species of birds and 50 species of wildlife like elephant, buffalo, grevy zebra and greater kudu abound; the area is also rapidly gaining a reputation for exceptional big cat sightings. Even wild dog, thought for many years to be extinct in the region are now appeared to be back in Laikipia area. 

Situated in the very heartland of the nomadic Samburu and Laikipia Maasai people, Loisaba also offers a rare insight into cultures, traditions and a way of life that has stood the test of time.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mugie Conservancy

Mugie has preserved and increased its population of critically endangered Grevys zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeests. Through their preservation of the delicate ecosystem, the sanctuary has boosted populations of lion, dik dik, Impala, waterbuck, oryx, elephant, giraffe, cape buffalo, eland, as well as over two hundred unique bird species.

The birdlife ranges from rarely seen bustards, flamboyant starlings, arid land birds such as sand grouse to tropical forest birds such as turacos and trogons.

There are more activities:
  • Golf
  • Bush walk
  • Night and day game drives

Mugie is one of the core study areas of the ‘Laikipia Predator Project’, a research study aimed at improving the conservation of large carnivores throughout Africa.
Across most of Africa, people have eradicated predators such as lions, wild dogs and hyenas, largely because theses animals are a threat to livestock. With human densities rising, even predators living inside national parks are threatened as reserve border areas are developed and settled.
Laikipia District is one of the few areas where people, livestock and predators coexist. The Laikipia Predator Project is aimed at understanding how such coexistence is possible. By studying the threat that predators pose to people’s livelihoods, and the threat that human activities pose to predators, the aim is to identify techniques & animal husbandry management practises that can be used to reduce the drastic rate of decline in the numbers of these now endangered animals.
On Mugie the project focuses mainly on lions, which come into the most serious conflict with livestock owners resulting in unlawful killing of them and other predators.