Highlights of Going on a Private Safari in Kenya

Ranger with a Cheetah

A ranger attending to a cheetah
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Laikipia private wildlife conservancies

Taking a private safari can be a rewarding experience for visitors looking for exclusivity and a close up association with the wild. Unlike the traditional safari to the celebrated game reserves like the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti etc, a private safari brings you to some of the worlds leading private wildlife conservancies situated in the most secluded regions where you get to absorb the foremost wilderness.

At the head of wildlife conservation is Kenya in East Africa which has in the last decade emerged as a safari destination of choice for those in pursuit of an exclusive personal safari experience.

Unlike its neighbors Tanzania and other Southern African destinations, Kenya has allowed private livestock ranches to pursue wildlife conservation and this has resulted in a number of ranches setting aside giant tracts of land to protect the balance between human activity and nature. This hard work can be seen typically in the northern Kenya frontier district of Laikipia and in parts of and to an extent in the Masai Mara.

The net effect of this eco balance is the enhanced concentration and thriving of wildlife in these areas as an express result of reduced human wildlife conflicts. Consequently, the local communities have hugely benefited from distribution of revenues accruing from increased tourism in the areas.

This trend commonly referred to as eco-tourism has been profitably embraced by local communities existing side by side with wildlife. Along with the advantages of conservation to the local communities is the mutual revenue from tourism which has helped start and sustain joint community projects including schools, water projects and so on.

Laikipia in northern Kenya has largely led the way into conservation efforts and setting up private conservancies their experiences have been duplicated in other areas within Kenya.

With the advent of private conservancies, a huge eco balance has been established with the conservancies giving guests an unmatched wildlife safari experience amidst total seclusion.

The lodging capacity in the eco lodges in these conservancies is minimal hence giving tourists ultimate seclusion and a haven for wildlife viewing. The population density of wildlife in these areas per square kilometer is only rivaled by that in Greater Masai Mara Game Reserve.

These ranches also offer premium services including but not limited to bush walks and bush meals, horse safaris, camel safaris, sundowners and a chance for the guests to participate in the conservation efforts. An ideal outdoor for couples or families looking for an African outdoor experience. The eco lodges also provide a great gate away for families as some of these lodges offer numerous family activities.

World famous personalities have been frequent guests in these conservancies. Prince William, Usain Bolt are just but a few.

Regardless whether you have been on a safari to before or not, a tour to these conservancies will provide you with a whole new safari experience.

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