The Kenyan government is assuring travellers visiting Laikipia that the conservancies and ranches in the county are safe. This follows a series of incidents, including the murder of Tristan Voorspuy, co-owner of Offbeat Safaris and Sosian Ranch in Laikipia, who was killed in an ambush in early March.

Kenya Police spokesman, Charles Owino, said police had heightened security in the county to protect visitors, investors and tourist facilities, including camps and lodges.

According to the Kenya Tourism Board and Kenya Tourism Federation, the present unrest and insecurity is restricted to a few localities and small number of ranches. The well-known wildlife conservancies, and tourism facilities in the rest of Laikipia are not affected and remain calm and peaceful.

Sosian Game Ranch has suspended its tourism activities until the end of April as a result of the unrest in Laikipia. Other operators in the region are continuing with business as usual and say they remain unaffected.

Serena Hotels issued a statement that read: “Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Ol Pejeta House are located on the 110 000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Southern Laikipia. We regret the current problems brought about by the drought in the area and remain confident that government, private sector and the pastoralist communities are working hand in hand to reinforce law and order whilst they seek a lasting solution.”

The affected area is about 100km from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. “We remain vigilant and will continue to provide updates on the situation,” adds Serena.