Solio Game Reserve
Beacon in Kenya's conservation landscape, and the country's pioneer in breeding black rhinos.
Solio Game Reserve is physically diverse, scenically spectacular, covered by open grass lands, wooded ravines. It is internationally recognised as the most successful rhino breeding reserve in Africa. It is hone to various species such as the endangered Black and White Rhinos, buffalo, eland oryx, lion leopard and cheetah as well as felines and creatures of the night.
The ‘Solio Ranch’ is one of the finest wildlife parks in Africa, which hasn´t figured on the tourist map for generations. The park is a fenced, privately-owned wildlife conservancy geared towards rhino conservation. The Solio Game Reserve was founded in 1970 when the owner of the Solio cattle ranch fenced off a large section of land and dedicated it to conservation. The park plays a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. Breeding has been so successful that rhino from Solio have stocked game reserves all over Africa. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information on the Solio Reserve and rhino conservation.
Solio Lodge is located on a private wildlife sanctuary, tucked in the valley between the lofty slopes of Mount Kenya and the peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, directly north of Nairobi. This intimate and luxurious lodge opened in August 2010 and remains the only guest accommodation on the incredible 45,000-acre Solio Game Reserve. The Solio Reserve is internationally recognised as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya and visitors will find that sightings of up to 40 rhinoceros at a time are not uncommon. The wildlife experience here is intense and exclusive with 19,000 acres of conservancy surrounded by 45,000 acres of ranch and just one lodge, Solio Lodge, in the middle of it.
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The Solio Reserve is also an ideal place for bird watching. The acacia forest in the middle of the reserve is traversed by a river that at times turns into a swamp-like area. This habitat is a paradise for birds. Including the more than 300 species that are found in the game reserve are European rollers, flycatchers, and birds of prey such as vultures, eagle owls, Montagu's Harriers, long-crested eagles and buzzards. Also crowned cranes and the European stork can be found here every year.
Take to the wild on an exhilarating game drive that finds you into the heart of the conservancy amongst a plethora of different species. Within the exclusivity of this private conservancy, you can experience the thrill of endangered Black and White Rhinos living harmoniously amongst other wildlife species. Game drives take you into different habitats and offer you a chance to see leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, sunis, bushbucks and giant forest hogs. Our morning drives across the game reserve allow you to appreciate the serene beauty of the African wild coming alive.
Enjoy a rewarding and peaceful walk on the ranch and find yourself in the peaceful company of dik dik, waterbuck, impala, warthogs and an abundance of birdlife. Learn how to identify and understand the behavior of the animals and insects from our experienced guides. Discover various plant life and their unique qualities and traditional healing capabilities. Become an expert of the wild in your explorations as you enjoy an exceptionally memorable Safari in Kenya.
Explore the countryside on horseback and enjoy breathtaking scenery of the landscape whilst getting a close view of the wildlife in Africa and a vast array of exquisite birdlife in the vicinity.
We can organise trout fishing in the glacial lakes of Mt Kenya or the rivers in the Aberdare Mountains. The surrounding fauna coupled with the idyllic beauty of the rivers and lakes of Mt Kenya and the Aberdares create the perfect ambience.
Let your children enjoy fun, educative wildlife experiences with our guides who will teach them basic bush craft skills and enlighten them with interesting facts about the wildlife at large such as the simple tracks and markings of the wild.