Kigio Wildlife Conservancy
This is another former cattle and dairy farm that now operates as a private wildlife conservancy. Located in the hills to the northeast of Naivasha off the road to Nakuru, it covers 1420 ha and has breathtaking views of the Rift Valley, Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. Guests can walk or cycle amongst the wildlife and birds, or enjoy a splash in the Malewa River that runs through the conservancy.
The last remaining giraffe in the Naivasha region died as a result of poaching in 1996. Following an application by the management to the Kenya Wildlife Service, the request to relocate Rothschild's giraffe to the conservancy was granted, provided the property was fenced. Funding for this was sourced amongst others, from the European Union, and the Born Free Foundation. With these facilities in place, eight Rothschild's giraffe were relocated from Lake Nakuru in 2002. The entire event was filmed by the BBC for the
Born to be Wild
series. The giraffe have settled well and the population now numbers 29. The conservancy also has around 300 identified bird species, including the reputedly largest population of grey crested helmet shrikes in the world, and is home to 45 different mammals, including leopard, topi, hippo, spotted hyena, most of the plains game and a 200-strong herd of buffalo. In 1996, the large mammal count was only about 100, but today it is up to 3500, so the conservancy has been an exceptional success.