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Location:

Our riding, 4x4 and walking safaris are operated in Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.  The ranch is a 49,000 acre cattle ranch and wildlife conservancy.  Located 20 km north west of Mount Kenya at an altitude of between 1,800 – 2,300m, the ranch has outstanding and uninterrupted views of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.  The Lolldaiga range is an ancient land form, comprising of a series of magnificent high-folding hills, cedar forests, open grassland and wooded valleys

Ride, walk and drive amongst herds of zebra, impala, eland, gazelles and hartebeest.  Come almost within touching distance of the many reticulated giraffe and slowly approach a herd of elephant or buffalo.  If you are lucky we may even stumble upon a pride of lion or track down a leopard.

Description:

Our safari’s in the Lolldaigas are either operated out of our fly camp or the Lolldaiga  Hills Farmhouse.  The Lucy family have been coming to the Lolldaigas for many years and have handpicked a selection of private campsites.  Depending on the time of year, weather and game movement you may find yourself camping far in the arid north of the ranch or tucked into the ridgeline in the southern sector….the sky is the limit!

GoWild Africa safaris have formed close relationships with the team at Lolldaiga Hills.  We are always in the know of what is going on.  Alongside the game the ranch continues to run a large-scale commercial cattle operation; the prize-winning bloodlines of the cattle and sheep breeds have been carefully managed over the decades.

Facilities:

Our fly camp is a truly authentic, adventurous camping experience.  We have stripped back unnecessary luxuries and focused on creating a comfortable and more affordable bush camp.  We camp in spacious dome tents complete with stretcher beds, comfortable roll mats, cosy sleeping bags and soft pillows.  Long drop loos and bucket showers are carefully positioned so that they are private and all have a view.  Meals are served in our mess tent (although we do like to have bush breakfasts every now and again) and there is a campfire by which we enjoy the sounds of the bush and the starry African sky.

For those who are not so keen on camping, we may also use Lolldaiga Hills Farmhouse as our base.  The Farmhouse was built as a manager’s house in the 1960s and is now open to guests. There are three en-suite double bedrooms, and one twin bedroom with a sink/toilet.  It is built out of old cedar wood and has a stunning garden with views out over Mt Kenya.

The Team:

Safaris are hosted by owners Clinton and Elizabeth and/or also Stewart and Louise although they may not all be present on every itinerary.  Clinton and Elizabeth have been taking friends on safaris for many years and by popular demand decided to bring their hosting skills to a wider audience.  Clinton’s son Stewart is our head guide and is also in charge of all of the horses. Louise has worked in the travel industry for many years and arranges all of the logistics of our safaris.
   

Activities:

Lolldaiga Hills is largely untouched by tourism giving us a 49,000 acre playground pretty much to ourselves.  We can explore the vast ranch on horseback, walking or in a 4x4.  Our safaris are in no way ridged so we tend to sit down each evening and discuss with guests what they would like to do the following day. One morning we may head out at first light and ride/walk/drive into a ready-made bush breakfast before heading back to base. Sundowners are a big highlight for us with views that will take your breath away.

As Lolldaiga Hills Ranch is a working cattle ranch we can also show you this aspect of the farm. Watching the cattle dipping is a sight to behold and we can explain to you the importance of this to the broader wildlife conservation activities.

Our horses are all well-schooled thoroughbred and thoroughbred cross. We ride on English saddles and require a good riding ability for our safaris.

Seasons:

Typically April/May and November are the rainy seasons but the rain patterns in the north and the south of the ranch differ greatly.  In early to mid-April we are still able to operate in the northern part of the ranch.

Access:

Itineraries begin at Olepangi Farm.  From here we either ride to Lolldaiga Hills (approx. 2 hours) or drive to Lolldaiga Hills (approx. 1 hour). Pick up from Scheduled flight to Nanyuki. (35 mins drive to Olepangi Farm) or by road from Nairobi (4 hours to Olepangi Farm).

Booking and Contact details:

Postal Address – PO Box 29, Timau, Kenya 10406

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Website – www.gowildafrica.com

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