In the far southeast of Laikipia lies the former cattle ranch of Lewa Downs, one of the earliest ranches to convert to wildlife conservation and now largely incorporated into the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. A little to the north of Lewa – and in much wilder country – are the locally owned group ranches of Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki, while bordering Lewa to the west is an exemplary game-and-cattle ranch, Borana.

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