Reviews of Laikipia Wilderness
Wildlife sightings and reviews
17 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Laikipia Wilderness and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Dogs are back in town"
This was a success and I enjoyed some fantastic sightings of the pack and their five puppies. The atmosphere at Laikipia Wilderness is very relaxed with no overtly strict "Covid protocols".
It's a lovely authentic owner run camp and it was a pleasure to spend time with the owner, Steve Carey and his children and hear about their bush adventures. I did a few great walks with Steve and also Barend, although it was a constant dilemma of whether to walk or track the dogs!!" See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya
The camp facilities were unpretentious compared with many other premiums priced camps, although it was more than sufficient to meet all our needs. The food was fabulous. The staff were all friendly and efficient and provided exceptional service. The guides, including Steve who accompanied us on two game drives/walks, were very knowledgeable and skilled. I have no hesitancy in recommending LWC to any potential safari goer, particularly if you are interested in seeing wild dogs, which are not that easy to see in most other places." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Somewhere different at Laikipia Wilderness"
We had gone there to see wild dogs and although we had to go on to the neighbouring farm to see them (via a river crossing in a small boat!) and pay $50 each, we spent an evening and a morning watching them hunt and socialise. Fantastic!
Great guiding from Steven and Mgambe.
Lovely settings for sundowners. Great bush dinner. Comfortable tents with good hot water for showering.
We had hoped to fly camp one night but the weather was not suitable also to do a walking Safari but the government were checking all the rifles and had removed the camp rifles!" See all these reviews: 7n in Mozambique; 7n in Kenya
"Exciting safari at Laikipia Wilderness"
The next day we arrived at the den around 7.30am and the tracker device told us the dogs were out hunting. After much crashing around in the undergrowth we came upon the dogs eating their breakfast - an impala. We stayed watching around 9 dogs eating and playing for around an hour. Magic! Unfortunately on the way home the river level had risen by about 6feet due to rain in the mountains and we had to take a very long and bumpy detour to get back to camp.
Otherwise game is quite hard to spot because the vegetation is pretty dense but I came here chiefly to see the dogs and I was not disappointed.
The camp managers were away on holiday but things seemed to be running smoothly. The food was very good especially as the kitchen was tiny.
I noted that other guests - some with fairly young children - seem to have come to this camp because they wanted to walk (sometimes all day) or because you could swim in the river.
I did not partake in any of the activities so can't comment." See all these reviews: 11n in Kenya
"Laikipia Wilderness review"
Lots of elephants. Sadly no wild dogs as a year or so earlier distemper had killed nearly all of the pack.
Associated advertising should reflect this as we arrived expecting to have an excellent chance of seeing the wild dogs." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Laikipia Wilderness review"
"The place to see wild dogs..."
Laikipia is beautiful and interesting, despite the severe drought and we saw many animals, including lots of elephant, hippopotamus, numerous reticulate giraffes, Grevy Zebra and the 11 wild dogs four times. unfortunately we did not see lion or cheetah and only had a nighttime sighting of a leopard...
Be aware that walking is a major feature of this camp, which being at the top end of the 65-70 age group, we were not able to do very much... and the one cartridge gun was also not very reassuring...
In conclusion, if you desperately want to see wild dogs (which is relatively easy, as the dogs have radio collars to locate them), this is the place, but be aware that it is more basic than many camps and certainly less organised...
There was satellite WiFi... but we were encouraged not to use it, due to the cost...." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya; 8n in Tanzania
"Fantastic safari camp"
Everything about it was exceptional but we have to single out Annabel's hospitality and Steve's game drives. Annabel was a wonderful host who made us feel at home and very relaxed. She went out of her way to reorganise our flight to the Mara to a private charter when she realised our scehduled flight was rerouted and would have taken us all day.
Steve and 'Four o'clock', his spotter, made our game drives spectacular tracking wild dogs and watching a kill being a highlight." See all these reviews: 11n in Kenya
"Amazing Experience at Laikipia Wilderness Cam"
We saw plenty of game, and all the big five. We tracked the wild dogs on several occasions, and spent time watching them hunt and interact which was incredibly special.
We did some great walks, went swimming in a waterfall, spent time fishing, camped out one night, had meals out in the bush, and felt that it was as how Africa should be. The food was very good and everyone in the camp was friendly and looked after us very well." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
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