The Lie of the Land
Segera is the central wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia, situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of 1 700 – 1 800 m (5 577 – 5 906 ft) and immediately north of the equator. Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, Segera provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species.
Segera’s central location and expansive 20 000 hectares (50 000 acres) at the very heart of Laikipia ensures that it is essential to effective wildlife and habitat management for the Ewaso ecosystem as a whole, forming part of a vital migratory corridor and providing a permanent home to many endangered species.
Wildlife of Segera
Segera has become a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, eland and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic northern species such as reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx. 365 bird species have been recorded in the Laikipia area, the majority of which can be found on Segera. These include the lesser kestrel and pallid harrier, sooty falcon, red-footed falcon, European roller and corncrake. It is also home to numerous reptile and insect species.
Wildlife roams freely and safely, its movements monitored and documented, and conserved by an efficient and well-organised conservation unit.
The dominant vegetation on Segera is dry savannah, comprising grassland and open woodland, with thick stands of yellow fever trees in river courses. Segera represents a successful example of integrated land use, where cattle and wildlife tourism, supplemented by beekeeping and similar activities, provide the economic rationale for sustainable land use.
With the support of the Zeitz Foundation, Segera is at the forefront of change in Kenya; its mission is to achieve long-lasting impact and sustainability through the holistic balance of the 4Cs (Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce), leading to the creation of a sustainable Global Ecosphere Retreats® Certified Long Run Destination that contributes to the vision of an ecosphere maintained in the healthiest possible state.
For more details on Segera’s expression of the 4Cs, please read 4C the Future