Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy
Loisaba will revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalize your soul.
Loisaba is a 56,000 acre wildlife conservancy and working ranch located in Northern Laikipia, Kenya, East Africa. The two permanent rivers and abundant permanent springs make Loisaba attractive to wildlife throughout the year.
The Loisaba Story
The previous owners the Ancilotto family, who bought the land in the early 1970’s, managed it as a low impact cattle ranch and tourist destination with a vision to keeping this wilderness intact for wildlife and future generations. Count Ancilotto achieved this largely by leasing the land in 1997 to a group of young Kenyans and an American Investor who created the Loisaba brand and managed it as a successful conservation, tourism and ranching business until December 2014, when The Nature Conservancy facilitated the purchase of the property by the Loisaba Community Trust.
The Nature Conservancy and The Loisaba Community Trust will continue to ensure Loisaba remains a catalyst for community development, a hub for wildlife research, and a world-class ecotourism destination offering unique opportunities for guests to become part of the Loisaba story both during their visit and for years to come.
Loisaba is also part of a larger story that extends well beyond its borders. It sits on the western edge of one of Kenya’s most important elephant movement corridors. Keeping this land, and a 15 million acre landscape of nearby community lands intact and functioning for wildlife, livestock, and northern Kenya’s pastoralist people is being achieved largely through creating community conservancies boarding Loisaba.
As we work together to protect this vital piece of land, we believe Loisaba is a model for integrated conservation and social impact that catalyzes peace and security across the Ewaso Ecosystem for people and nature in perpetuity.
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Visiting & Activities at Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy
The conservancy is a haven for more than 260 species of birds and 50 species of mammal. Alongside the more common wildlife we are proud to have over 800 elephants who roam across Loisaba, large herds of buffalo, dozens of the endangered Grevys Zebra, reticulated giraffe and the beautiful Greater Kudu. Our Cat population is thriving, with over three prides of Lion on Loisaba at one time and numerous Leopard and Cheetah sightings. To top it off the Wild dog, thought for many years to be extinct in the region, are once again being sighted regularly and often denning on Loisaba.
One of the best ways to view the wildlife at Loisaba is on a game drive, in a safari converted Land Rover. Whether you choose to go out early in the morning or later on in the afternoon a KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) qualified guide will take you across the open plains, through the central scrub area or along the river bank.
A great way to view Loisaba is on foot, you will be accompanied by your guide as well as a ranger whose knowledge of local flora, fauna and history is unmatched.
Experience the unique exhilaration of riding on the plains with a herd of zebra, walking gently through a graceful tower of giraffe or past a herd of elephant. On horseback it is possible to get unusually close to wildlife and our stable of horses have all been reared from birth in the bush so are quite accustomed to its presence. You do, however, require a reasonable degree of riding skill. .
The traditional mode of transport in the drylands of Northern Kenya and another great way to experience Loisaba. Short or longer camel walks can be arranged or if you prefer a longer ride along the river stopping for a picnic lunch and a swim.
For a unique cultural experience, spend an afternoon down at the traditional Samburu village – a great experience to see how the Samburu live, watch them dance and view some of their beadwork.
For the spirited adventurer – Loisaba Conservancy, is equipped with mountain bikes, which offer a unique way to explore some of Loisaba’s varied terrain and stunning flora and fauna