The “Laikipia” region of northern Kenya is a vast plateau region northwest of Mt. Kenya roughly bordered to the south by the Aberdare, to the east by the great Somali desert, to the north by the Mathews Mountains and to the west by the Great Rift Lakes including Baringo. Historically a cattle farming region, it includes a number of pastoral tribes, most notably the Samburu. Many of the extensive cattle ranches have been converted in recent years to tourist and wildlife sanctuaries, and the vast majority of Kenya’s ultra luxurious “Bush Homes” and bush ranches are found here on private reserves, some as large as 100,000 acres.
The area which includes Kenya’s Great Northern Frontier supports many endangered species of big game such as the Grevy’s zebra, black and white rhino, reticulated giraffe and wild dog. It is also home to the second largest population of elephants in Kenya.