7 night lodge-to-lodge riding safari in Laikipia
Sosian - Suyian Soul - Kiboko Starbeds - Laikipia Wilderness Camp - Sosian
DAY 1 Nairobi to Laikipia Sosian Lodge, 2 nights
On arrival at Sosian you will be met and shown around the lodge before lunch by the swimming pool.
Sosian’, the Samburu word for ‘Wild Date Palm’, offers luxury in the wild; ideal for those looking for a unique and intimate bush experience. The 24,000-acre private, working ranch sits on the Laikipia plateau, 80kms west of Mt Kenya, offering pure wilderness. Guests are accommodated in an elegant 1940’s farmhouse that has been beautifully renovated. The lodge sleeps 14 people with more space for children if needed and has a swimming pool, tennis court, organic vegetable garden and stable yard of 30 safari horses.
Sosian offers a huge range of activities including walking, camel safaris, game-drives, night-drives, fishing, tennis, cattle ranching, kayaking and swimming in the waterfalls behind the ranch house. However, exploring this area from horseback is an unbeatable way to experience this vast wilderness area, and this will be your main form of transport for the next 8 days!
After lunch by the pool and some time to relax and refresh you will head to the stable yard to meet your horses and have an evening ride with your guide.
Your days are tailored to you, but an early morning ride to a bush brunch will not disappoint. Whilst the horses cool off under an Acacia tree you can enjoy delicious home cooked food to fuel you until your next meal! Sosian is blessed with large numbers of elephant, as well as buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, many antelope, plus all of the big cats. Leopard and lion sightings are regular and Sosian has also become known for its healthy populations of the endangered wild dog with excellent viewing opportunities...riding with wild dog is a rare and exciting privilege for those lucky enough to experience it.
DAY 3 Sosian to Suyian Suyian Soul, 1 night
Leaving Sosian early we will ride in a north-easterly direction stopping for breakfast on the stunning Ewaso Narok River. Crossing the river with a couple more hours riding after breakfast, we will reach Suyian Soul, Laikipia’s ultimate ‘eco camp’. Suyian Soul is a simple, earthy camp set in a scenic paradise next to a natural spring and salt lick. The camp is owned and run by Anne Powys, whose family have been cattle ranchers in this area for nearly 100 years. Anne is also Kenya’s number one botanist and a fascinating raconteur.
The rooms are thatched open bandas with granite slab walls. The floors are also granite, covered with handmade pure wool rugs. Each room is carefully positioned for the best views and privacy, whilst being open and airy.
There are no windows, but large comfortable beds with mosquito nets…you will feel real Africa whilst staying in this camp but also enjoy the luxuries of en suite bathrooms with beautifully crafted traditional safari showers and long drop loos.
After lunch we head out on foot with Anne and her guides, learning about the medicinal qualities of many plants and how they are used by the local tribes-people. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best and one that we highly recommend! Overnight Suyian Soul.
DAY 4 Suyian to Loisaba Kiboko Starbeds, 1 night
Leaving Suyian early in the morning we will head off on the horses in a northerly direction. With dramatic escarpments, exclusive valleys and expansive grasslands, Suyian offers some stunning riding country. Elephant, reticulated giraffe, ostrich, hippo, zebra, buffalo, lion and leopard, among other species are prevalent, plus large herds of oryx, eland and gazelle can be seen on the plains.
With good opportunity for long canters across the plains and jumping any obstacles along the way this is a super morning of riding. Stopping for a bush breakfast on the way, we will ride onto Loisaba Conservancy, heading towards Kiboko Starbeds, in time for lunch.
Kiboko Starbeds comprise of 4 sleeping platforms designed for 1 to 2 people, plus the family platform accommodating up to 4 people. Each platform is en suite with plumbed showers and loos. The star beds are dramatically designed, handcrafted wooden raised platforms, partially covered with a thatched roof. The uniquely designed bed on wheels can either be wheeled onto the open deck area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof. All the beds have complete ‘four-poster’ insect netting.
After a well-deserved lunch we head out on a game drive on this beautiful, wildlife rich conservancy. We can generally get closer to some species such as elephant and lion from a vehicle, than we can from the horses and it provides some very good photographic opportunities.
Returning to Kiboko for hot showers, supper and a night under the stars, this is a very special experience. Overnight Kiboko Starbeds.
DAY 5 Loisaba to Ol Donyo Lemboro Laikipia Wilderness Camp, 1 night
This morning we will change our direction and begin our journey back southwards. Riding through the morning we will reach our bush breakfast set up next to a shady dam where we can water the horses and enjoy a full English breakfast. After breakfast, we head back to the Ewaso Nyiro River, crossing onto Ol Donyo Lemboro Ranch and reaching Laikipia Wilderness Camp in time for lunch.
Laikipia Wilderness Camp is a small and personal bush camp, with just 5 tents for 10 guests. Each tent has its own veranda plus an en suite open-air bathroom with plumbed in hot and cold water. The camp has beautiful views of Mt Kenya and the surrounding wilderness, and blends sympathetically into this stunning area.
After lunch and an optional siesta, we can head out into the bush for a game drive and / or a walk with Steve Carey, owner and manager of Laikipia Wilderness Camp. Steve and his team are well known for tracking wild dog and such encounters on foot, are an exhilarating and thrilling experience not to be missed. Overnight Laikipia Wilderness Camp.
DAY 6 Ol Donyo Lemboro to Sosian Sosian Lodge, 2 nights
This morning we head off early again, into the lush and beautiful Mutara Valley. Winding our way through this ‘Garden of Eden’, following the seasonal river bed we’re likely to come across giraffe, elephant, eland and buffalo amongst others. Under the shade of a large Acacia tree, with plenty of fresh water for the horses, we’ll stop for a bush breakfast.
After breakfast, this is our last leg of the journey riding back to Sosian in time for lunch by the pool and an afternoon to relax and refresh!
You can then head out for an evening game drive or camel ride to sundowners and a bush dinner around the campfire. You may even be lucky enough to spot the ‘not-so-elusive’ leopard on the way back to the lodge for the night! Overnight Sosian.
DAY 7 Sosian Lodge
Today is entirely flexible to do as you wish. For those who wish to ride again, a morning out riding around the cross-country course is a lot of fun or if the dams are full enough, swimming with the horses is also great fun. Jumping off waterfalls, kayaking, cattle ranching, or simply taking it all in and relaxing by the pool, you can fill your day as much or as little as you want! Overnight Sosian.
DAY 8 Laikipia to Nairobi
Today is your last day and after breakfast at the lodge you will head back to Nairobi.
END OF SERVICES
- Please note that there is a STRICT 15kg (33lb) per person luggage restriction on all internal flights
- You require a visa to enter Kenya, which can either be obtained through the Kenya High Commission or at the airport on arrival (Please have US $50 per person cash to pay)
- We recommend that guests take anti-malarial medication if staying on the Kenyan coast. Malerone is the best (do not take Larium which can have bad side effects)
- Please ensure that you travel with full holiday and medical insurance
- There are no compulsory inoculations required for Kenya