“This is by far the greatest place to stay in Africa! There are tons of activities that you can participate in – or you can just relax by the pool if you prefer. We have stayed in 20 or more lodges in Africa (all top lodges) and it is hard to describe how much fun Africa can be until you visit Sosian. Our 12-year-old daughter did not ever want to leave. We rode horses most days, camped out under the stars, climbed up a huge rock for sundowners, went on night drives, rode a camel and enjoyed the wonderful family-like atmosphere. I wish I could put into words how truly special this place is and how you can get a real sense of Kenya by visiting Sosian Ranch. Did I mention more game that you can imagine? Wild dogs, Oryx, Lions (yes we did see one on horseback), Zebras, Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalo, and the list goes on and on!”

The Archer Family, UK

Sosian, Samburu for ‘Wild Date Palm’, combines comfort and tradition with wilderness and adventure and is the perfect choice for guests searching for an authentic and intimate safari experience. With an abundance of wildlife and many rare species, guests enjoy a very private and exclusive game viewing experience. With more than 250 species of birds, it is also a paradise for ornithologists

Sosian is set on a 24,000-acre private conservancy and working cattle ranch, very close to the Equator at an altitude of 5500 feet, around 80 kilometres from Nanyuki and 30 kilometres from Rumuruti. With views of Mount Kenya and the expansive Laikipia Plateau to explore, Sosian is located in one of Kenya’s finest private wilderness areas.

The original Ranch House was built in the 1940s and has been beautifully restored to provide elegant dining and living accommodation. Four comfortable bedroom cottages sit nearby among shady gardens. Also nearby are a beautiful swimming pool, tennis court and a stable yard of 26 safari horses.

Sosian is personally hosted by a highly experienced team of managers and staff who create an effortlessly warm, relaxed and informal atmosphere, ensuring guests always feel at home. Days are tailored to each individual guest or family, who can choose how energetic or relaxed they would like to be.

“What a stunning lodge, with immaculate rooms, soft, clean sheets & towels and gins and tonics on tap! I don’t think I’ll ever experience another week quite as wonderful, I really don’t.”

Madeleine, UK

Accommodation

Today the original Ranch House is the centrepiece of Sosian Lodge – it consists of a large Drawing Room, Dining Room, Bar and Billiards Room. The rooms are airy and elegant yet cosy, and lead on to an expansive wrap-around veranda, offering undisturbed views of the surrounding bush.

The Italian Cottage, ideal for honeymooners, was built by Italian artisans in the 1940s and is set apart from the other cottages with its own private garden. The large bedroom with a king size double bed and the airy ensuite bathroom offer comfort, space and privacy.

The Family Cottage is perfect for the families with younger children – its double and triple bedrooms interconnect, giving peace of mind to parents and children. Both rooms have their own bathrooms, one with a bath tub and the other with a shower.

The two Garden Cottages each house a double bedroom and a twin bedroom – all with ensuite bathrooms. Each cottage has its own veranda – perfect for early morning tea or coffee. Nearby are the heated swimming pool, shady thatched pool house and hard tennis court. Lunches are often served in the pool house and barbeques take place around the pool in the evenings.

The cooking at Sosian is healthy and delicious. The lodge has its own extensive produce garden and is largely self-sufficient in salads, herbs and vegetables. The ranch rears its own pigs and sources high-quality, farm-fresh beef, chicken and lamb from its neighbours.

Meals are wholesome, organic and home-cooked. Bush breakfasts, sundowner drinks and candle-lit bush dinners are all on the extensive Sosian menu. Any dietary requirements can be catered for and child-friendly options and early suppers are available. For younger guests who need to go to bed early, a member of staff can sit on the veranda outside their bedroom, offering peace of mind to parents eating dinner.

“This was the most relaxing safari ever and in beautiful surroundings. Great game watching by both Land Rover and on horseback. Very experienced and entertaining guides. Great hosts, delicious food, wonderful sunrises on Baboon Rock and amazing bush suppers in the evening. Most highly recommended.”

Matthew, UK

Game Viewing

Games drives at Sosian are in open 4×4 Land Rovers with raised seats to allow for the best wildlife viewing. Early mornings and later afternoons are the best times to go, as the wildlife is more active away from the heat of the sun. The middle of the day, however, can be a wonderful time to find herds of Elephant playing in the mud and cooling off in the river.

Sosian has a diverse landscape and varying habitats, where guests can expect to see a wide variety of wild animals including Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra, Antelope, Lion, Leopard and Oryx. Endangered species including Wild Dog, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra are also increasing in numbers.

As Sosian is a private conservancy, guests are also fortunate enough to be able to experience the bush and its nocturnal animals with a spotlight at night. After sunset guests often encounter Leopard, Spotted and Striped Hyena, Aardwolf, Aardvark, Porcupine, Bush Baby, Hippos grazing out of water, Buffalo, Serval Cat and other exciting species

Horse Riding

Riding is a wonderful way to experience the best of the bush and Sosian is one of the best places in Kenya to do this. The conservancy’s varied terrain makes for interesting riding – through rivers, along tracks and across more open country where guests canter, jump and gallop. A riding safari is a peaceful yet exciting way to explore and view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Rides are generally 1-3 hours morning and/or afternoon. Keener riders may also choose to ride out to an overnight fly camp for the night – this is a fantastic experience, camping out with the horses and sleeping under the stars, returning to the lodge for lunch the following day.

Sosian has a yard of 26 well-schooled safari horses (including children’s ponies) to suit all abilities. To ride out in the bush, however, guests do need to have considerable riding experience, and to be confident to handle a horse in open country at all paces. For less experienced riders, shorter rides are offered close to the lodge as well as lessons in the sand arena.

“Riding at Sosian is truly spoiling! The landscape is beautiful and riding amongst wildlife is an unforgettable experience. The horses are so well cared for and really know their job, making them such a pleasure to ride. Crossing flooded rivers and galloping with giraffe are real highlights, but then quietly riding along the river and meeting a beautifully set-up bush breakfast is also pretty special too!”

Althea, UK

Bush Walking

Walking is the most intimate way of exploring the bush. Led by an experienced and armed walking guide, guests can learn how to follow animal tracks, recognise dung, insects, flora and fauna and all the other tiny details that might otherwise be missed from a vehicle. Guests don’t have to be super- fit to enjoy a safari walk and guides will tailor a walk to suit guest preferences and abilities

Camel Treks

Camels have been part of the northern Kenyan landscape for hundreds of years and are kept as livestock for their milk and meat. Contrary to popular belief, if well looked after, camels can be very well-tempered. Sosian’s camels are very friendly – and at times overly affectionate! Camel riding is a fun activity and and allows guests to see and experience the bush from a different vantage point.

Fly Camping

A night spent outside sleeping in the bush brings guests even closer to nature and further from modern frills and luxuries. Fly camping in bedrolls around the camp fire is a unique and adventurous experience. Dinner is eaten by the fire and guests can stargaze and go to sleep to the sound of nocturnal wildlife.

Ewaso Narok River

Sosian is fortunate to have 15 kilometres of the Ewaso Narok River running through the ranch and conservancy – highlights include magnificent 30-foot-high waterfalls. Swimming in the pools or paddling in a kayak is most enjoyable. When the river is high enough, tubing down the rapids is an exhilarating experience. Or guests can simply relax on the river bank with a fishing rod and see what they can catch for their dinner.

Cultural Traditions

Sosian is situated in a very culturally diverse area of northern Kenya, rich in traditions and largely untouched by western development. Guests are welcome to visit neighbouring village ‘manyattas’ to get a glimpse of these traditional ways of life. This is a fascinating and educational experience for all generations. The Samburu, Pokot & Turkana people are very welcoming and find visiting guests equally fascinating!

Cattle Ranching

Cattle ranching in Laikipia is a long-standing land use that is vitally important for the sustainability of this semi-arid area. When managed carefully, cattle ranching and wildlife conservation complement each other and Sosian is a perfect example of how this can work. A morning spent with the ranch manager offers a fascinating insight into how cattle and wildlife co-exist and also provide a fun and often hands-on farming experience for all the family.

  • A safari home-from-home in the Laikipia bush – comfortable and welcoming
  • Exclusive access to the 24,000-acre Sosian ranch and conservancy
  • Night & day game drives, guided bush walks, horse riding, camel treks – and much more
  • Heated swimming pool and clay tennis court
  • Accommodates up to 16 guests in charming ensuite cottage bedrooms
  • Generous, fully-inclusive full-board rates from Ksh 20,000 per adult resident guest
  • Exclusive-use ‘self-catering’ stays from Ksh 60,000 per night for 6 resident guests

Activities and facilities

  • Unlimited day and night game drives in custom 4×4 Land Rovers
  • Guided bush walks – tracking and bird watching – with armed guide
  • Horse riding – from morning or day rides to longer horse safaris
  • Camel treks – walk or ride
  • Heated swimming pool and pool house
  • Pool house bar and barbecue
  • Clay tennis court
  • Fishing in the dams and river
  • River tubing and kayaking
  • Fly camping under the stars (also available with horses)
  • Billiards / games room and bar
  • Cattle ranching – dipping, branding and sorting cattle
  • Samburu cultural visits
  • Visits to community projects
  • Wi-fi available in the lodge reception area
  • 24-hour electricity
  • Cellphone signal
  • Safari shop – proceeds go to local women’s’ groups

Laikipia

Mount-Kenya

Laikipia

Situated to the North West of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia plateau is one of Africa’s most exciting and exclusive wilderness safari destinations – combining abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural and bio-diversity, some of East Africa’s most successful nature and game conservancies – and a complete absence of package tourism.

The ‘Laikipia experience’ comes largely free of the constraints that often apply in Kenya’s national parks and reserves. Activities such as night game drives, nature walks, bike tours, horse-riding and camel treks – prohibited in most parks – are just some the exhilarating pursuits on hand in the extensive private reserves and game conservancies that make up much of the region.

Game drive, Lolldaiga Hills

Lolldaiga Hills

Laikipia hosts a wealth and diversity of wildlife – second only to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It has significant populations of predators and also the “Big Five”, with over 50% of Kenya’s black and white rhinos, thousands of elephants, about 25% of the world’s Grevy Zebras, and an increasing population of rare Wild Dogs. The region is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa.

Rhinos Laikipia

Laikipia Rhinos

From Nanyuki and its environs there are numerous excursions , game drives and cultural visits that can be organised to neighbouring reserves, safari lodges and private ranches – such as Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Solio Ranch and Mount Kenya National Park. Riding, climbing, trekking, flying, white-water rafting, fly-fishing, polo, golf, mountaineering and many other sports and activities are also available close by. For more information on the flora and fauna and conservation of the region please visit the website of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum www.laikipia.org.

Nanyuki

laikipia-nanyuki

Nanyuki

The gateway to Laikipia and Kenya’s northern territories, the busy market town of Nanyuki was founded in 1907 and still retains a distinctly old-fashioned charm.  Dominated by the peaks of Mount Kenya, Nanyuki sits at 1,950 metres above sea level – making it one of the 15 highest towns in Africa – and the Equator runs across the main road just to the South of the town.

Nanyuki Equator

Nanyuki Equator

These days Nanyuki is home to the Kenyan Air Force and to the British Army in Kenya, and there are several good places to visit, shop and eat in the town – including the Lily Pond Arts Centre, Le Rustique and Cape Chestnut. At Nanyuki Airport you will find the popular Barney’s restaurant and just across the road One Stop Nanyuki has a café and excellent delicatessen. In the centre of town you will find a branch of Nakumatt , a Dormans Café and a Blue Rhino gift shop.

Barney's

Barney’s Restaurant

By Air – there are daily scheduled flights to and from Nairobi and the Masai Mara, from Loisaba and Nanyuki airstrips, on Safarilink and Air Kenya. The lodge can arrange transfer to and from each airstrip – at extra cost. Driving time is 50 minutes from Loisaba and 2 hours from Nanyuki. Private charters can land at the Sosian airstrip 10 minutes from the lodge.

By Road – driving time is approx. 5 hours by road from Nairobi via Nyahururu and Rumuruti. The lodge is approximately 6km from the very good quality C77 Rumuruti to Maralal road. A four-wheel- drive or high-clearance vehicle is recommended once off this main road.

“This is by far the greatest place to stay in Africa! There are tons of activities that you can participate in – or you can just relax by the pool if you prefer. We have stayed in 20 or more lodges in Africa (all top lodges) and it is hard to describe how much fun Africa can be until you visit Sosian. Our 12-year-old daughter did not ever want to leave. We rode horses most days, camped out under the stars, climbed up a huge rock for sundowners, went on night drives, rode a camel and enjoyed the wonderful family-like atmosphere. I wish I could put into words how truly special this place is and how you can get a real sense of Kenya by visiting Sosian Ranch. Did I mention more game that you can imagine? Wild dogs, Oryx, Lions (yes we did see one on horseback), Zebras, Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalo, and the list goes on and on!”

The Archer Family, UK

“What a stunning lodge, with immaculate rooms, soft, clean sheets & towels and gins and tonics on tap! I don’t think I’ll ever experience another week quite as wonderful, I really don’t.”

Madeleine, UK

“This was the most relaxing safari ever and in beautiful surroundings. Great game watching by both Land Rover and on horseback. Very experienced and entertaining guides. Great hosts, delicious food, wonderful sunrises on Baboon Rock and amazing bush suppers in the evening. Most highly recommended.”

Matthew, UK

“Riding at Sosian is truly spoiling! The landscape is beautiful and riding amongst wildlife is an unforgettable experience. The horses are so well cared for and really know their job, making them such a pleasure to ride. Crossing flooded rivers and galloping with giraffe are real highlights, but then quietly riding along the river and meeting a beautifully set-up bush breakfast is also pretty special too!”

Althea, UK

Rates

Full-Board Accommodation rates

  • Resident Adult – Ksh 20,000 per night
  • Resident Teenager (12-17) – Ksh 15,000
  • Resident Child (3-11) – Ksh 10,000
  • Resident infant (0-2) – free
  • Resident Adult single occupancy – Ksh 30,000
  • Exclusive full-board use of lodge for up to 16 guests – Ksh 280,000

Full-Board Accommodation rates – Christmas & New Year

  • Resident Adult – Ksh 35,000 per night
  • Resident Teenager (12-17) – Ksh 25,000
  • Resident Child (3-11) – Ksh 15,000
  • Resident Infant (0-2) – free
  • Resident Adult single occupancy – Ksh 45,000
  • Exclusive full-board use of lodge for up to 16 guests – Ksh 490,000

Full-board rates include all meals, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (except champagne), day and night gam drives, horse riding, guided walks, camel treks, fly camping (without horses), fishing, ranching activities, community project visits, laundry, Sosian airstrip transfers.

Available at additional cost – overnight fly camp with horses, late departure when available – including morning activities and lunch, Loisaba airstrip transfer, Nanyuki airstrip transfer

Minimum stay – 2 nights.

Minimum stay over Christmas, New Year – 3 nights.

‘Self-Catering’ Rates – exclusive use

Ksh 60,000 per night for up to 6 resident guests

Additional guests (maximum 18 total) – Ksh 8,000 each per night

‘Self-Catering’ Rates – Christmas & New Year

Ksh 120,000 per night for up to 6 resident guests

Additional guests (maximum 18 total) – Ksh 16,000 each per night

‘Self-Catering’ stays include the services of a full team of staff including chef and menu-planning, drinking water, day and night game drives, horse riding, guided walks, camel treks, fly camping (without horses), fishing, ranching activities, community project visits, laundry, Sosian airstrip transfers.

Available at additional cost – overnight fly camp with horses, Loisaba airstrip transfer, Nanyuki airstrip transfer

Conservation Fees

Applicable to both full-board and ‘self-catering’ stays

Resident Adult – Ksh 3,000

Resident Teenager – Ksh 2,000

Resident Child – Ksh 1,000

Resident infant (0-3) – free

Conservancy fee rates are per 24-hour period

These rates are for resident guests – please contact us for non-resident rates

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 3rd January 2021

Christmas and New Year rates apply from 21st December to 3rd January

Please contact us to make a booking

Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

There are various different accommodation options at Sosian Lodge. Please contact us for further information.