The beauty about the Great Rift Valley is the abundance of beautiful natural features, flora and fauna alike. Soysambu Conservancy is not short of this beauty. Located around the Lake Elementaita, this reserve carries a great deal of the country’s biodiversity. Below is a deeper look into this great yet little known conservancy.
The reserve sits on a 48,000-acre piece of land with its owners being one of the oldest settler families in Kenya- The Delamare’s. It started off as a cattle ranch but after the country’s independence and the family’s want to have wild animals, they decided to turn it into a conservancy instead. The space has been known to host great individuals including Edward the Prince of Wales and the late Jomo Kenyatta who was the first president of Kenya.
The conservancy hold a large variety of mammals both great and small and birds alike. These animals include zebras, gazelles, antelopes, impala, buffalo, the Rothschild Giraffe, and recently a restoration of lion and leopard individuals. The Soysambu lies next to the Lake Elementaita, which holds one of the 4 remaining Pelican Nesting areas in East Africa.
Scenery and Serenity
Soysambu reserve has the Mau ranges, Aberdare, Longonot the Sleeping Warrior Hills and the Lake Elementaita. Put that together with hundreds of plant species, land and water birds, unobstructed sunshine and you get a perfect haven. Whether you decide to go on a walk, a bike ride or a game drive, the conservancy has immense beauty to take in.
The reserve is not only for bird watching and game drives. You can also enjoy a nice weekend trip in the luxurious campsites on site. Whether you want chill and rustic or luxurious and high-end, your preferences will be effectively met here. Just make an early enquiry and booking and by the time you arrive, you will find everything ready and set. Of course, there are amazing delicacies freshly prepared on the several lodge kitchens.
Soysambu Reserve can be arguably tagged as the perfect example of human and wildlife coexistence. You will often see herdsmen flock their livestock on the lush green pastures next to zebras and antelopes. The community found a way to exist with secluded incidences of animal attacks from predators. The conservancy also holds animals that have been relocated from different parts of the country for conservation purposes; the Columbus monkey and t=Rothschild giraffe being the main examples.