The Ragati Conservancy has been formed in liaison with the Kenya Forest Service and covers an area of some 5,000 hectares on the Southern slopes of Mt. Kenya.
Unique in Kenya, the Conservancy consists entirely of primary Afro-Montane Forest and Afro-alpine heath, includes the Ragati river and its tributaries and is home to an abundance of wildlife; elephant, buffalo, leopard as well as the rare mountain bongo, crowned eagle and African clawless otter.
The Ragati Conservancy lies between 2,200m and 3,000m and joins onto the Mt Kenya National Park, the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199m; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A large part of the Ragati lies within this heritage site.
Ragati Conservancy principle goal is conservation; Preservation of habitat and the many species that inhabit the forest and to support important environmental and zoological research. The Ragati Conservancy offers various activities to this unique habitat through including trout fishing, foot safari’s and mountain climbing and to provide support and employment opportunities for the local community. There are 2 accommodation options available for visitors to the Ragati Conservancy.
The primary of Ragati Conservancy is the preservation and protection of the unique ecosystem – but in a way that is inclusive and sustainable. There are estimated to be only 150-200 mountain bongo left in the wild and they are endemic to Mt. Kenya, the Aberdares and the Mau forest (where there are only thought to be 4-6 individuals left!). Many of these are within the Conservancy. Ragati Conservancy is working with various experts on the opportunity for re-introducing bongo and other species who used to call this home.
This is a self-catering log cabin, which sleeps 8 in 4 very comfortable bedrooms [It can take an addition 2 in a bunk room]. It is situated in a beautiful glade near a large waterfall and overlooking a bend in the river. It has spacious accommodation including a spacious sitting room and dining room with an open fire and a fully equipped kitchen opening to a large verandah overlooking the glade and river.
The Ndongoro log cabin can be reached by 4×4 and is located in the heart of the Conservancy.
This is your ultimate eco-lodge, being built entirely from sustainable materials and using sustainable methods to collect water, generate electricity and hot water and also to deal with waste.
This is a small traditional camp under canvas, which can accommodate 8 in 4 canvas tents. It is situated beside the river in a beautiful glade in the forest. All tents are equipped with comfortable camp beds with mattresses – you only need bring food, sleeping bags and your walking/fishing gear. There is also a comfortable mess tent and your kitchen is an open fire. We have supplied enough cooking equipment and crockery/cutlery on site for up to 8 people.
Kichachu Camp is located about 5km into the conservancy and can only be reached by 4×4 vehicle, particularly during the rainy season. Here is what many discover about Kichachu: “What a stunning spot! The river was like something out of a fairy tale!”
Mammals found in the Ragati include; Leopard, Mountain Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, African Elephant, Buffalo, African Clawless Otter, Spotted Hyena, Sykes and Colobus Monkeys, Bushbuck, Waterbuck and the Black-fronted Duiker.
Other notable taxa include the Mt Kenya Mole-Shrew, Mt Kenya Mole-rat, Mt Kenya Thicket Rat and East African Tree Hyrax. Notable reptiles are the Mt Kenya Bush Viper and Montane Viper and Mt Kenya Soft-horned Chameleon.
There are 880 plant species of which 11 are endemic and 150 are near-endemic in the Kenya Forest Reserve and National Park. The Afro-Montane zone consists of tall yellow wood forests, bamboo thickets and rosewood woodland. The Afro-alpine zone consists of ericaceous and an alpine belt with a high number of endemic plants.
The Montane forest and alpine zone is also very rich in bird fauna with over 200 bird species and 53 of Kenya’s 67 African Highlands biome species.
The following have been recorded in the area; Crowned Eagle, Ayres’s Hawk Eagle, African Long-eared Owl, Forest Guinea Fowl, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco and Tacazze Sunbird. A full checklist can be supplied on request.
These are of special interest because they are endemic to Mt Kenya, the Aberdares, the Mau forest and are extremely rare. Poaching has reduced their population to as few as 100-150 individuals in the wild and we know that some of these inhabit the upper reaches of the Ragati; in the bamboo zone at an altitude of 2,800m to 3,200m.