GUIDE ON SUYIAN RANCH IN NORTHERN LAIKIPIA
Suyian Ranch Introduction - Location, Wildlife & HistorySuyian Ranch takes its name from the Maa term for the African Wild Dog, an endangered animal, rare in these parts. Suyian has come a long way from being originally a sheep farm to its present-day status as a Boran cattle ranch. When purchased by William Ernest Powys in 1963, the estate was called Il Pinguone and passed on to his son Gilfrid after his death in 1978.
The property covering an area of 43,495 acres, is located in northwest Laikipia and is now owned and managed by the Powys, a Kenyan family of British descent. As you will learn on your safari vacation in Kenya, they are dedicated to conserving the large populations of wildlife that now thrive in these environs. We recommend Siruai Mobile Camp (exclusive and private use camp) when visiting Suyian Ranch on your African safari. The camp is operated by Safari Collection - the same property brand that manages Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.
- Takes its name from the Maa term for African Wild Dog
- Formerly a sheep ranch, Il Pinguone, now converted into a Boran cattle ranch and conservation area
- Diversity of habitats with thriving 3,000-year-old forests, granite hills, Acacia forests, grassy savannas, and riverine vegetation
- The ranch is privately owned by the Powys family
- Recommended stay at Siruai Mobile Camp - sister property to Giraffe Manor in Nairobi city
Travel Guide Content - Start Here
|1. What Are The Wildlife, Birdlife & Floral Experiences In Suyian Ranch?|
|2. Suyian Safari Experiences|
|3. Suyian Trust|
1. What Are The Wildlife, Birdlife & Floral Experiences In Suyian Ranch?
- Rich concentrations of terrestrial fauna including the rare wild dogs and Lelwel hartebeest
- Predator and prey viewing opportunities
- Diverse birdlife in different habitats i.e. woodland to riverine locations
- A plethora of hardy plantlife used for food and making medicines for thousands of years
The diversity of habitats in Laikipia also supports a unique, upland birdlife. You will be charmed by the plethora of species such as the aquatic sandpiper, black crane, African finfoot, three-banded plover, and goliath heron found in the riverine forests. Travel to the rocky hills, and you could spot the pearl spotted owlet, Verreaux eagle, paradise flycatcher, Boran cisticola, stone partridge, and cliff chat.
As you come down to the savannah grasslands, you can look for the black-bellied bustard, buff crested bustard, white-bellied bustard, and kori bustard. Trip out to the Acacia woodlands for sightings of the Abyssinian scimitarbill, banded parisoma, northern white-crowned shrike, African silverbill, and the rare white-headed mousebird. Should you have a chance to visit Laikipia in the wet season (when to travel), you could spot the long-tailed widow bird in full plumage, displaying its colors to attract females.
The northern area of Suyian Ranch features stunning 3,000-year-old olive and cedar forests that form a lush green cover for the granite hills that rise from the hot, dry, and arid landscape. The seasonal Ewaso Narok River of Laikipia borders the land on the east and nourishes the abundance of indigenous plant life, including several that can be eaten as wild salads, succulents, and aloe vera varieties great for sunburn.
2. Suyian Safari Experiences
- Visiting the 3,000-year-old olive and cedar trees of the Desert Islands of Kenya
- Walking along old elephant trails and hiking tracks
- Learning more about the Laikipia flora of Suyian
- Exploring the five main landscapes of Laikipia, such as the Acacia woodland, grassy savannah plains, Granitic Inselberg complex, Phonolite escarpment, and riverine forests
Learning More About The Plant LifeOn your bushwalking tours, you will spend time listening in utter fascination as the guide talks about the in-depth knowledge the Samburus have of the land and its plant life that has sustained them for thousands of years. You will also get an introduction to edible succulents, seasonal berries, and wild salad plants, along with medicinal herbs that are great for healing sunburn. Visiting the local communities is a part of the excursion. You could get awe-inspiring tips about the medicinal uses of the plants described by the Samburu herbalists and botanists who have studied them for centuries.
Going on Patrols, Spotting Birds & AnimalsSuyian Ranch, and the surrounding conservancies around Laikipia showcase an array of diverse landscapes, such as the Acacia woodland, grassy savannah plains, Granitic Inselberg complex, Phonolite escarpment, and riverine forests, along with thickets of old Podocarpus trees. You could accompany the Community Forest Rangers as they patrol the bush and reveal secrets like tiny insects, tracks and spoor of animals, and wild bees nesting in a tree. Also, learn more about the gorgeous birds, their habits, and nesting techniques, and perhaps, encounter a herd of grazing hartebeest, thrilling vacation experiences that will remain with you forever.
3. Suyian Trust
- Suyian Trust instituted by Anne and Gilfrid Powys for raising funding for conservation efforts
- Works in collaboration with the government-run Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and the Kirisia Forest Community Associations
- Supports conservation programs in northern Laikipia and Samburu
- Initiatives like reforestation, tree and plant nurseries, wildlife monitoring, and beekeeping
- Provides jobs to the local communities by encouraging eco-tourism, patrolling the reserve, and marketing locally-made items to promote livelihoods
Initiatives In LaikipiaToday, the organization is involved in several projects across northern Laikipia, including removing alien opuntia vegetation by hand to allow for endemic species to regenerate, reforestation to build a green cover for cooling the soil, and setting up 250 beehives that are critical for pollinating food crops and plants. As you will learn on your tour, Suyian Trust also funds wildlife monitoring drives and the development of solar fences to secure several species of flora from grazing herds. Educating the local communities on the importance of conservation is another of Suyian’s projects.
Initiatives In SamburuSuyian Trust also has initiatives set up in Samburu. It has been instrumental in the institution of eco-tourism efforts, meeting with community elders to create awareness of the issues threatening the delicate ecosystems of Laikipia and Samburu, and publishing literature designed for school kids and adults. The local people can find employment working as custodians of the wildlife as rangers and gardeners running tree nurseries for preserving endemic plant species. Other programs include creating a platform for selling locally-made beadwork, baskets, herbal teas, and artifacts to support the livelihood of communities living close to the forests.
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