Laikipia Wilderness

Reviews of Laikipia Wilderness

Excellent(95%) From 16 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 16 of our travellers who have visited Laikipia Wilderness, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr R. from Colombo 5
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Laikipia Wilderness

The four of us (2 couples) spent three nights at Laikipia Wilderness Camp (LWC). The camp is run with real passion and soul. This, I think is a reflection of Steve, the owner, who has instilled the same ethos in all his staff, several of whom told us that Steve was the best boss they have ever had. All four of us are experienced safari goers and we were primarily at LWC to try to see wild dogs, which we felt there was a good chance to do at LWC because of the radio tracking they were able to do as part of a research project. The dogs had moved on to a neighbouring ranch when we arrived, but LWC had access to this area as well, we did have to pay a small additional fee of USD 50 per person towards the Wild Dog Trust for the access, we did not mind this. We had a fabulous sighting of the entire pack, including a large number of pups, after a long search. As a bonus during our stay we also had two good sightings of leopard.

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.

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Pandc from Evesham
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Somewhere different at Laikipia Wilderness

Great stay at Laikipia Wilderness. More relaxed than usual Safari camps. The game was harder to find so more valued when you found it! No other safari vehicles to be seen. Lots of elephants, 1 sighting of a lion but heard them every night.

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!

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Mrs C from Devon
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Exciting safari at Laikipia Wilderness

Olivia had recommended that I have a private guide during my 3 days here and I struck lucky. My guide was almost as enthusiastic as I was and made my stay at Laikipia memorable. We had to cross over a river onto the neighbour's ranch as the dogs were denning there at a cost of $50 a day but it was well worth it. The first morning I only saw 1 dog just outside the den but in the afternoon saw around 5 dogs just leaving the den to hunt.

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.

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Dr M. from Loughborough
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Laikipia Wilderness review

Great countryside on which we travelled by vehicle and on foot.

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.

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Expert Africa comments

We were delighted that these travellers enjoyed the landscape and elephants at Laikipia Wilderness and it's bad luck that they didn't see the wild dogs. Despite the distemper issue in 2017, one of the two local packs reformed and denned in 2018 on the neighbouring ranch, where guests can often see them. Data from Expert Africa's wildlife feedback shows that approximately half our travellers are currently seeing the dogs while staying at the camp.

Mr & Mrs M from Ascot
Arrived on: 6-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Laikipia Wilderness review

I would not recommend this camp due to a paucity of wildlife and because the game is not used to vehicles and no matter how good your guide is [ours was excellent] as soon as you approach the game departs.

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Mr T. from Bangkok
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxing Lakipia

We loved Laikipia, despite not being able to see any Wild Dogs. The accommodation was great and the staff really friendly and knowledgeable. We saw lots of elephants, hippos, giraffe and zebra and enjoyed lovely walks, fishing and rafting - it was nice to be out of the Jeep for a while!

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Mr & Mrs B from Marlow
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The place to see wild dogs...

Overall, our stay was interesting and eventful, the guides were knowledgeable, friendly and endlessly patient with our questions.  The two gap year students were great, entertaining and efficient, catering for our needs. Sadly, general management and communication (from Steve and Annabelle) was lacking throughout our visit. In particular, we rarely knew what was happening and when... some of this may have resulted from the problems with the herders, necessitating an evacuation to a fly camp on the first night, but on our return to the main camp, nothing changed... we did not feel confident that we were being told what was happening and certainly would have been concerned if things had deteriorated further....

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....

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Expert Africa comments

We have heard from Annabelle and Steve Carey at Laikipia Wilderness Camp, and they are glad that these travellers found their stay interesting and appreciated the knowledge and experience of the guides. However, they are very disappointed and apologetic that Mr and Mrs B found several aspects not up to their expectations. On the afternoon these clients arrived, the camp was experiencing large numbers of noisy cattle trucks moving past on the road nearby and as a result of the disturbance made arrangements to move them either to neighbouring Loisaba Lodge or to their own fly camp some distance away. They accept that Mr and Mrs B were not made properly aware of this choice and they are extremely sorry if any information was felt to be lacking in this very unusual and last-minute change of normal operations, which they do not expect to be repeated.

Mrs B from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic safari camp

We had a wonderful four nights at Laikipia Widerness 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.

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Mr & Mrs M from UK
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Amazing Experience at Laikipia Wilderness Cam

This is one of the best camps we have been to in Africa and was perfect for our family of six adults. Because it is so small and not part of a conservancy or national park, there is an amazing freedom here. We were made to feel like family and each day was different.

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.

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Wild dogs in Laikipia

We really liked the idea behind the camp, being out in the bush as much as possible and experiencing it in many different ways - not just driving. We also had really great experiences with the wild dogs, lying down next to the road and waiting for them to come sniff us. Something we'll remember for a long time!

Aside from the wild dogs we didn't find that much game. As such it doesn't feel like a prime gameviewing area. But who needs other game when you've got wild dogs anyway!

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