Gallmann Africa Conservancy

Gallman Africa Conservancy

LOCATED
–     In the Rift Valley, Laikipia

ALTITUDE
–     1790m

AREA
–     490km²

CONSERVATION FEE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Included in Accommodation

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Mukutan Retreat, Makena Hills

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 5 hours’ drive from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Elusive wildlife, Gallman Memorial Foundation, Environmental Education, Biodiversity Research

Dedicated to the Co-existence of People and Nature in Africa  this conservancy (Ol Ari Nyiro), Laikipia Nature Conservancy, is an oasis of breathtaking beauty renowned for the variety of its landscapes, from open savannah to steep gorges, rolling valleys and sweeping plains. It has, spectacular ridge-top views of the Great Rift Valley, endless vistas of hills covered in wild sage and thorn trees. Ol Ari Nyiro is home to the largest population of undisturbed indigenous black rhino outside the National Parks, the largest population of Cape buffalo on private land in Kenya, herds of elephant, eland, waterbuck, and many lion, leopard and cheetah. It boasts two resort lodges, Makena Hills and the Mukutan Retreat, both nominated for the Green Globe Award for responsible travel and eco-tourism. Makena Hills and the Mukutan Retreat are not located on the safe side of the fence: This is the real thing, showcasing African wildlife in its own element, while taking humans completely out of theirs. In the heart of the conservancy, the verdant bush teems with wildlife: elephants, zebra and buffalo abound and, with some luck, the more elusive lions, leopards and rhino can also be seen. Fascinated by Africa, Kuki Gallmann moved to Kenya in 1972 with her husband Paolo and son Emanuele, and acquired Ol Ari Nyiro. Kuki decided to stay on in Kenya and to make a difference. She chose to work toward ecological conservation in the early ’80s, becoming a Kenyan citizen. As a living memorial to Paolo and Emanuele, she established The Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF), which promotes coexistence of people and Nature in Africa.

 

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