Sosian Horseback Safaris
Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Kenya
At a Glance
Explore the Sosian Ranch on horseback
Camel rides- seeing the bush from a great vantage point
Day and night game drives
Fly camping really puts you in touch with the nature that surrounds you
One or two members of each lion pride and pack of dogs are fitted with a radio tracking collar
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
To start planning your holiday to Sosian Lodge
Sosian Ranch is a beautifully restored colonial style African ranch built in the 1940s on the Laikipia Plateau in Northern Kenya. It has seven cottages in the tropical garden overlooking Mount Kenya and miles of unspoiled African bush.
Sosian is a 24,000 acre private ranch in the heart of Laikipia, a vast expanse of wilderness in the heart of Kenya’s highlands and home to a huge diversity of mammals and birds. The ranch house was built in the 1940s by Italian artisans, and has recently been restored. The atmosphere in this classic homestead is incredibly friendly with a homely feel. The seven en-suite cottages at Sosian accommodate up to 14 guests and delicious home-cooking is enhanced by fresh ingredients from the organic vegetable garden.
With its homely atmosphere Sosian welcomes families and children of all ages. The huge range of things to do will open their eyes to a whole new world of adventure as well as educating them about life in the bush and the natural world. Some favourite activities include jumping off the waterfall, riding lessons and short treks on the excellently schooled horses and ponies, camel rides, fishing, archery, picnics, collecting eggs from the chicken house, feeding the pet eland, tubing down the river and simply having the space to run around and be children. For riding enthusiasts it is possible to arrange longer rides exploring the wonderful surroundings of ranch as well as multi-day riding safaris.
As well as all the exciting safari activities on offer, the lodge has a large swimming pool and tennis court together with miles of wilderness to explore with top guides, who bring the wildlife and African bush to life.
Sosian Lodge has seven homely en-suite cottages in the gardens of the homestead. Each room sleeps up to two people in either a double bed or twin beds. They are all wonderfully decorated and very comfortable to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
All the guides and hosts at Sosian have children and they try and cater for their every need. Special activities are available for children of all ages and many children have to be dragged away at the end of their stay at Sosian.
Babysitting can be arranged together with earlier meal times for those that require it.
As well as all the exciting safari activities on offer each day, the lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court and miles of wilderness to explore with top guides. Sosian is known for its delicious home cooking using fresh ingredients from the organic vegetable garden and for its warm and friendly hospitality.
There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed from Sosian, including game drives, walks, horse riding, camel riding, fishing, archery, picnics, swimming, croquet, tennis, fly camping. There are waterfalls nearby that must be visited or even jumped off!
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
This really is a fab place for those into horses. The riding set up here is very impressive with horses on offer for all abilities. There is even a cross country course in front of the lodge! A warm, welcoming feel. The rooms are simple but very comfortable overlooking a lawn area where donkeys roam around. Children have plenty of space to run and play, or adults can set up a game of croquet! Riding, game drives, walks and camels are on offer here. There is also a waterfall to visit and jump off! It would be a fab place for a family or couple alike.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We loved Sosian Ranch when we visited - lovely rooms set in beautiful gardens, and a fabulous main house. We enjoyed a delicious lunch around the large swimming pool on arrival and then headed straight out for some of the best gameviewing we have had - wild dog, very close, and now denning in the area. We were able to get out of the vehicle and approach them so we were on their level, an amazing experience! We watched as they hunted impala, and were successful, the kill taking place a few hundred yards into the bush. In the evening we enjoyed a delicious communal dinner, the atmosphere being more like a house party, complete with a snooker table - and there's even a piano in the living room! Also on offer here is great horse riding in Laikipia's picturesque surroundings. It's a great place to explore for safari enthusiasts and also for those who like to ride.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I loved my stay at Sosian, it has a real house party feel. We arrived just before lunch which was a huge selection of salads, lasagne and everyone sat together and chatted about what activities they had been up to that morning. Steve and Annabelle, the managers, where fantastic at suggesting possible activities for the afternoon – a what a huge choice there was on offer. From fabulous riding, to a refreshing swim in a river (there is a great swimming pool as well), to a game of tennis, we were spoilt for choice! We ended up tracking a pride of lion with radio collars which was very exciting as the bush was so thick we would have never found them otherwise and they were moving so quickly. We then had dinner that was cooked over the camp fire and we sat around in the flickering fire light listening to the lion roaring in the distance. I would highly recommend Sosian for people who like to be busy and out enjoying and getting stuck into all the activities that Sosian has to offer.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your holiday then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.
Game Drives in Lewa Downs
Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.
Riding in Northern Kenya
Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia
Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.
Location & directions
Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Sosian Ranch is a private working ranch, located on the renowned Laikipia Plateau. Set amidst stunning scenery and overlooks snow-capped Mount Kenya. The habitat is varied here, with open plains to the north and dense scrublands to the south.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International. Access to Sosian is by road from Nairobi (4-hour 30-minute drive), or by scheduled or private chartered plane from Nairobi Wilson Airport.
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