Ol Pejeta Conservancy was created in 1989 as a sanctuary for black rhinos relocated from other sites in Kenya. Now, around 80 black rhinos live there—one of the largest populations in the country. The Laikipia Plateau, where the conservancy sits, is mostly used for cattle and sheep ranching. The plateau’s landscape is a mosaic of grassland, woodland, and rivers. Expect an abundance of wildlife at Ol Pejeta. In addition to lions, zebras, hyenas, and rhinos, the conservancy is home to giraffes, gazelles, waterbucks, cheetahs, vervet monkeys, and a wealth of bird species.
Ol Pejeta is next to Nanyuki, the capital of Laikipia County, a town of about 30,000 people with shops and hotels frequented by climbers on their way to the snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Laikipia District itself is a traveler’s paradise, boasting many opportunities for safaris, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and bird-watching.