The plains of Laikipia still remain a high altitude garrison for rhino. Within minutes from Kicheche’s northern stronghold, the black and white numbers are not only stable, but flourishing. Spending time with these prehistoric ruminants is not just good for the eye, but for the soul.
This area of Kenya remains seemingly impregnable, yet it is not the same all over Africa and elsewhere. Rhinos need protection everywhere, this is obvious, but they also need tourists. They do NOT need petty rules and redlists denying them priceless tourism dollars.
Drive out from Kicheche Laikipia, gaze in wonder at a journey of reticulated sentinels as they browse in front of the mountain.
Paddle across the waterhole in the indigo blush of the false dawn. Track down cheetahs and lions, but most of all sit quietly alongside rhino and realise just how much more valuable they are alive than butchered, their horn satiating some despicable oriental desire with zero provenance. THAT is how important wildlife tourism is.
Thank you so much for those who keep supporting us. And them.