At home in the wilderness...
Being a 24,000 acre wildlife ranch, Sosian pride themselves on managing a unique blend of tourism, conservation and traditional cattle ranching in Laikipia’s highlands.
The original ranch house was built in the 1940’s by Italian artisans and has been beautifully restored to accommodate up to 14 people (and more on request). Four double cottages are dotted throughout the gardens, against a back drop of Mt Kenya with views for miles over the Laikipia Plateau. This is true unspoilt Africa. The lodge has a beautiful swimming pool, plus a tennis court, organic vegetable garden and a stable yard of 30 safari horses.
The list of safari activities available is extensive and the ranch lies at an altitude of 5500ft, which makes for a perfect climate, with no record of malaria.
- ACTIVITIES - day & night game drives, horse riding, walking, fishing, fly camping, camel treks, waterfalls, kayaking, swimming & cattle ranching.
- PRIVATE - Over 24,000 acres of private wilderness to explore with just one 14 bed lodge.
- UNDERSTATED LUXURY - Beautiful lodge and gardens with a full team of friendly and attentive staff
The original main house provides classic elegance with a dining room, sitting room, bar and billiards room. Four cottages are then spread across the tropical gardens offering 6 en suite rooms, plus a family cottage, each with their own private verandas. The beautiful swimming pool and pool house provide welcome refreshment after a day out in the bush and for those with the energy, a 'Kenya style' tennis court has held many a fine tournament! For a detailed fact sheet on the accommodation and facilities at Sosian, please CLICK HERE.
- Day and night game drives in custom designed 4x4 vehicles
- Walking (1-3 hours with an armed guide)
- Lodge based horse riding (2-3 hrs per ride)
- Sosian Horseback Safaris (5-7 days) - to find out more CLICK HERE
- Camel treks (1-2 hours)
- Fishing in the dams and river
- Waterfall jumping
- River tubing
- Fly camping under the stars (also available with horses)
- Cattle ranching - dipping, branding and sorting cattle
With many years of careful management, the wildlife on Sosian has flourished. We are fortunate enough to have a diverse cross section of habitats that hosts a long list of birds and mammals, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, kudu, oryx, impala, warthog, plus many smaller predators such as bat-eared foxes, genet cats and serval cats. Sosian has also become known for its healthy population of the endangered wild dog. With sophisticated tracking equipment we are able to locate these fascinating predators and often follow them by vehicle, on foot or from a horse. Wildlife viewing is rewarding, whilst still maintaining the true wilderness of this area which makes each sighting all the more special and exciting.
Rosie Constant & Simon Kenyon - Lodge Managers & Head Guide
Simon & Rosie have been managing Sosian Lodge since 2012. Simon was born and brought up on his family farm in Laikipia and his knowledge of the bush, history and culture of Laikipia, and Kenya, is extensive. Not only is he an excellent guide but he is also a proficient horseman. Simon will get you walking, riding, fishing, camping or tubing the river, and make every experience more memorable than the last! Meanwhile, Rosie's genuine passion and enthusiasm for Sosian is infectious and she understands the standards that are required to make every guest feel special and to take incredible memories home with them. Rosie is a master in the kitchen and with a professional cookery course under her belt, guests will be utterly spoilt!
Sean & Charlotte Outram - General Manager & Horse Manager
Sean & Charlotte have been managing Sosian Ranch since 2006 and have two young boys at home. Sean is a born and bred Kenyan and after studying agriculture in England, he returned to Kenya, soon becoming the general manager & CEO of Sosian. As well as managing all aspects of running a 24,000 acre game ranch in Kenya, Sean is also passionate about Sosian's stud herd of Boran cattle, which he founded in 2006. The task of caring for the wildlife and cattle in a mutually beneficial way is a fine balance, but a fascinating and rewarding task.
Charlotte is a keen and experienced horsewoman and over the years has expanded Sosian's equine set up to a yard of nearly 30 safari horses, taking guests out into the bush. In addition to running the Sosian horses, Charlotte also manages all aspects of marketing for the Offbeat Safaris Collection.
David Macharia - Assistant Lodge Manager
David is our assistant manager at Sosian and started his career on a flower farm in Naivasha. In 2001 he moved to Sosian and helped renovate the ranch house and create the garden seen today. David is now involved with all aspects of running the lodge and looking after our guests and fortunately loves being busy!
Ambrose Lochilla - Guide
Ambrose (nicknamed Roots and Culture for his love of the bush and tribal traditions) is a Turkana from Northern Kenya. He has been guiding at Sosian since 2004. Ambrose is so enthusiastic and has a way of communicating the magic of the bush to guests by sharing his knowledge of the wildlife, culture, flora and fauna. He is wonderful with children, spending hours carving traditional sticks and bows for them and teaching them archery. He is also captain of the Sosian staff football team!
Misheck Ndungu –Guide
Misheck has grown up in Laikipia and having guided in the Massai Mara, he returned to Sosian where he has been guiding our guests since 2013. Misheck has past his Silver KPSGA Guiding Award in 2014 and is an incredibly knowledgeable guide. His enthusiasm for wildlife conservation and the environment is passed on to all our guests.
Nicodemus - Head Chef
Nico is Sosian’s head chef and comes from western Kenya near Lake Victoria from the Kisii tribe. He has worked all over Kenya from Samburu to Mombasa but has been at Sosian since 2005. Nicodemus is a great philosopher as well as a master in the kitchen, with over 10 years experience of producing top notch menus to suit all tastes.
Conservation & Community
Sosian Ranch had a long history of mis-management and neglect until 2001 when a group of six shareholders had the vision to came together and restore this precious wilderness area. At this time all 24,000 acres had been entirely abandoned as it could not sustain even a goat, let alone cattle or wildlife. No livestock were allowed onto the land for 2 years, in a bid to restore the eco-system. Security teams trained from the local villages were employed to start protecting the wildlife and huge investment was made into renovating the original ranch house into a tourist lodge, as well cutting roads, digging boreholes for water and building dams.
Today Sosian is unrecognisable. It is a pristine example of what sweat, blood and tears, plus a lot of determination, can produce! By embracing our local neighbours we have a strong and dedicated work force, a committed anti-poaching team and over 100 Sosian trained, skilled workers supporting their families. By offering as much support as we can to the local medical clinic and primary school we hope that we are making a difference in our area and giving opportunities to those who wish to take it. Sosian are committed to facilitating sustainability on a long term basis, for Laikipia's people and its wildlife. To learn more about the conservation and community work that Sosian are involved in please click here.
The ALL INCLUSIVE rates at Sosian are split into 3 seasons with 50% child discounts
- MID Season (03 Jan - 30 Apr, 01-15 Dec): $550 per adult per night, plus conservation fees
- HIGH Season (01 Jun - 31 Oct): $650 per adult per night, plus conservation fees
- PEAK Season (16 Dec - 02 Jan '18): $750 per adult per night plus conservation fees
We also have a good selection of special offers - click here
Video - Sosian Lodge
Video - Sosian Horseback Safaris
For further information on Sosian please visit their website at www.sosian.com