Suyian Soul


Come explore Suyian Soul in the heart of Laikipia, with Anne Powys, a Kenyan expert on wild plants to the Wild dogs on the land she was born and raised on. With her as our hostess, you are assured of an exciting time in Laikipia.

Laikipia is a land of stunning landscapes in Kenya’s arid north with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya as a backdrop. It’s filled with vast plains and gentle streams, rocky mountains and ancient forests where the local people of several different tribes greet you warmly.

At Suyian Soul we will explore the secret cairns of the black leopards, search for the African wild dog and watch the big cats eye the antelopes and in the evenings, toast to Africa’s amazing soul with sundowners before the mouth-watering dinners under star-lit skies.

Hiking at Suyian Soul in Laikipia. Copyright Anne Powys

->Never hiked in the wild! Here’s how it goes!

Day 1 – October 16, Friday

6 a.m. Bright and early we’ll meet up at the Nairobi Museum. You will meet the driver-guide and board the safari cruisers for the drive to Laikipia, crossing the equator into the northern hemisphere

It’s a scenic route via the rich agricultural highlands of central Kenya before plunging into the vast lowlands that are home to the spectacular mega-fauna of Africa: think elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and leopards and the big raptors. 

En route we will stop for a cuppa coffee or tea in Nanyuki, the highland town facing Mount Kenya. From there we will be driving westward towards the East wall of the Great Rift Valley. It’s a good two and a half hour journey through Laikipia’s semi-arid landscape, filled with all kinds of wildlife and birds. We usually arrive at Suyian Soul for a late lunch having stopped along the way to enjoy some of Laikipia’s special wild life. We could be lucky and see Grevy zebra! We will then arrive at Suyian Soul and be welcomed by Anne and her team.

In the late afternoon, we will enjoy a walk with Anne. Anne is the author of several plant books like the Wild Flowers of Kenya & Northern Tanzania and an accredited safari guide. At sunset we will stop to enjoy a sundowner to toast to the coming few days in search of the leopard of Laikipia – the black one! This will be followed by a gorgeous dinner and star-gazing in unpolluted dark skies before heading to bed.


Magical sunset at Suyian Soul, Laikipia. Copyright Anne Powys

Day 2 October 17, Saturday

Today we will be accompanied by Ambrose Letoluai, a young Samburu researcher who started tracking the black leopards in 2017 after a local herdsman told him about a black cat. Ambrose will tell us about the project before we set out in search of this rare cat.   

On the way we will stop for the other wildlife that may include the African wild dog that was shot almost to extinction by early 20th century ranchers who considered them vermin. Ambrose has trained several local guides who monitor the black leopard including being able to track them from the satellite-fitted collars on them.

We will enjoy a picnic lunch wherever our road leads us to the black cat.

Depending on our success, we will be at the lodge by dinner.

Tonight we will sit by the campfire with Anne and Ambrose to learn more about the black leopard project and its challenges and success.


Hello…Reticulated giraffe at Suyian Soul, Laikipia. Copyright Anne Powys

Day 3 October 18, Sunday

On this lucky day, we start off with a game drive before breakfast to catch the ‘golden light’, perfect for ‘shooting wildlife. We may attempt another lookout day for the black cat depending on the previous day success. We will return to the lodge for breakfast and later yoga with Anne.

After lunch, we’ll head out again for a game drive in Suyian’s spectacular land.  You might want to sample some local culture or a hike and meet for a sundowner on a kopje that shows off the lay of the land.

Tonight we’ll be treated a superb dinner and meet at the bonfire to recall  the last few days in search of the leopard and everything else.


Flowers of Laikipia. Copyright Anne Powys

Day 4 October 19, Monday

For some, it may be one more walk or game drive at sunrise before settling to a proper English breakfast and last minute chat with Anne and Ambrose before we wish them ‘kwaheri’. On the drive back we will stop for a light bite or coffee in Nanyuki and arrive Nairobi by late afternoon.

Laikipia is the home of one of Africa’s great wilderness that fits the words of the great ‘Madiba’ Nelson Mandela: 

“If we do not do something to prevent it, Africa’s animals, and the places in which they live, will be lost to our world, and her children, forever.” 

Local Samburu rangers trekking elephants at Suyian Soul. Copyright Anne Powys

NOTE: Anne Powys reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

*Special diets not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed as those allergic to some foods..

Price: ksh 80,000

What’s Included?

Everything stated in itinerary above including transport, conservancy fee all meals and teas plus soft drinks with dinner.

Freshly prepared lunch at Suyian Soul. Copyright Anne Powys

What’s Not Included?

Any additional activities beyond what is described. Any personal souvenirs or purchases. Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals. For sundowners you can bring your own alcoholic drinks, or you can buy wine, beer and spirits at the lodge.

Travel insurance (very highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

Next steps?

I’m interested so what do I do next?


Please have as subject Suyian Soul Retreat.

Please confirm that you are interested and any questions.

We can schedule a talk to founder of Girl Friends on Safari, Rupi Mangat. As this is a small group tour, it allows for a one-to-one chat about any questions you have.

After your brief call, you will kindly be asked for a refundable Ksh 20,000 deposit.

We will bill you the balance Ksh 60,000. The total of your Ksh 20,000 deposit now becomes non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled (not postponed) for some reason by GFOS – which is highly unlikely.

Your deposit tells us that you are committed to making the trip and you are then obliged to pay the balance due when it is billed approximately 4 weeks before the trip leaves. After your deposit is made, trip insurance is extremely worthwhile as sometimes things happen that won’t allow you to take the trip.

***Please note that there are 4 cottages. If you would like a single supplement, please let us know. The cottages are spacious with twin beds.

***All protocol is observed during this time of Covid-19.

***A donation will be made to Ambrose to continue the leopard research.

Welcome to a signature leopard safari in the wilds of Laikipia.


Living in style… Interior of private cottage at Suyian Soul. Copyright Anne Powys
Under blue skies or azzling stars….the shower with your private cottage at Suyian Soul. Copyright Anne Powys

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