Laikipia Wilderness Camp is a small, personal bush camp near to the Ewaso Narok River and is a great place to enjoy a true wilderness experience. Founded by a husband and wife team (whose children are often in camp) with years of experience, it’s a perfect spot for families or anyone looking for something just a little different. Children of any age are welcome.
Accommodation & Facilities
The camp comprises six en-suite tents, built on platforms with private verandahs. Three of the four family tents comprise a double room with interconnecting twin, which can accommodate up to three children, and a shared bathroom. The fourth is two adjacent Meru tents under a single extra-large canopy, both with en-suite bathrooms. The second bedroom can accommodate up to four children. The large mess tent is the central reception area with a dining room, sitting room and library. There is a viewing point with a campfire around which meals are often eaten.
Sleeping & Eating
Children’s food and mealtimes are discussed and agreed with parents with all the usual nursery food on offer such as pasta shells, chicken strips and potatoes, fish strips and chips, mini burgers, sausage rolls, and lots of raw vegetable sticks. From experience it’s recommended that smaller children (i.e. under eight) have a packed tea which they can eat at sundowners around 6.30pm whilst out on a game drive. If they fall asleep in the car on the way home it doesn’t matter as they have already eaten. A listening and babysitting service is available. There are “Askaris” (guards) who listen out for any movement or noise or alternatively there are room ladies who can babysit and sit outside the kids’ tent whilst the parents are having dinner. If children are scared, they can come and lie on a sofa in the dining area.
Wildlife & Activities
The area is fantastic for elephant, giraffe, hippo, Grevy’s zebra, leopard, wild dog, lion, striped and spotted hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, and over 280 bird species. Wild dog fans can participate in the Laikipia Predator Project, collecting data from a number of animals fitted with radio collars for this research. Other activities include walking, day and night game drives, swimming, tubing and fishing in the river, village visits, birding and fly camping.
Specifically for children ………….
• River rope swing
• River rafting in the fairly shallow river (for older children, no life jackets provided)
• Kayaking, tubing and fishing in the river
• Cave-exploring and rock-scrambling.
• Guides Stephen and Mugambe do tracking walks for fives and up, with bow and arrow skills-training.