To truly appreciate the beauty of this unique eco-system of intertwined waterways and ancient forests Ragati offers distinct activities and things to do.
With some of the best fishing spots in the country, Ragati offers the ideal habitat for rainbow trout fishing.
The Ragati River is 15km long and rises just below the alpine zone near the northern end of the Conservancy. It is a pristine mountain river dotted with many waterfalls and large pools, and with many tributaries flowing in from the east.
The river is an ideal habitat for rainbow trout and the African clawless otter. The river was originally stocked in the 1920’s and 30’s with rainbow trout and over the generations they have developed a unique colouring; we call them the Ragati Red’s. We continue to stock regularly with rainbow trout from the local fisheries and plan to develop our own trout farm, which will ensure regular stocking into the future.
There is a fully trained team of gillies and fish guards on site to ensure you have an amazing fishing experience.
We can even arrange great Heli-fishing adventures with our partners which can take you to some of the most beautiful places in the country. Take a look below or on our bookings page for sample itineraries.
We offer two unique but very different options of accommodation at Ragati. Each has it’s own privacy, charm and beauty.
Each site is private and nestled deep in the Ragati forest. The beautiful canopy of the forest vegetation adds to your rustic experience.
Our traditional tented camp, Kichachu, is nestled in an open glade and right on the river, and described as almost a fairly tale setting by our visitors.
CLIMBING MOUNT KENYA
Through our partnership with African Ascents we have pioneered a unique route through the forest; far from the crowds frequenting the commercial routes.
There is a reason why Mt. Kenya gets more hits on the web than any other UNESCO world heritage site. It is surrounded by unique ecosystems, is the second highest mountain in Africa [5,199m] and one of the largest free-standing mountains in the world.
The fauna and flora on the mountain are unique to East Africa and provide endless interest with every step. The mountain is also suitable for trekkers as well as technical climbers with numerous difficult and very difficult routes to explore.
We have developed our own unique route through the forest and via Lake Hoehnel to the high peaks on the mountain. On day one you trek to the climbers base camp, which overlooks a large glade where wildlife can often be seen. On a clear day the view of the mountain from here is spectacular. On day two you trek into the high forest and through the bamboo zone onto the moorland to camp above the tree line. Day three is a shorter hike to camp in the evening at Lake Hoehnel. On day four you top a ridge to reach the high peaks and can spend the final night before summiting at Austrian hut. We are still working on this option and hope to open the route fully in 2018.
Ragati is in a forest known for it’s diverse bird and wildlife. Walking safaris are ideal for experiencing the surrounding beauty.
The forest is recognised as one of the most important bird and animal area’s in Kenya. There are not many places in Kenya where you can leave your vehicle behind and truly explore the environment. In Ragati your feet will be essential!
Wildlife is returning because of our anti-poaching activities and working closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service and other entities who are striving to protect the unique habitat. The forest animals are generally shy but if you tread carefully you might be rewarded with some sightings of some rare species.
HELI FISHING ON MOUNT KENYA
Wake up early and fish on some of the greatest fishing spots available on Mount Kenya where wild trout fishing is at its finest.
This is a one day and night trip. On this trip we can pick you up early from any lodge in Laikipia, stop off at all the great fishing spots on the mountain including; Lake Ellis, Lake Michaelson, Lake Alice and Lake Hoehnel. We will bring a brunch and then in the evening drop into the Montane forest of Ragati conservancy where you will spend the evening/night in their beautiful log cabin, Ndongoro. Wake up early and fish the Ragati River; wild trout fishing at its best! You never know you may even catch one of the Ragati Red Rainbow trout; descendant’s of the first Rainbow introduced in the 1920’s and 30’s! We will return you back to your lodge or your next stop.
We can also add on a second night in the Aberdares. As itinerary one above but after fishing the Ragati and lunch we will whisk you off to the Aberdares and some great fishing spots. In the evening we will drop you at the Rhino Retreat Lodge for the night and then drop you the next morning back to pretty much anywhere in Laikipia you want.
NILE PERCH FISHING ON LAKE TURKANA
Lake Turkana is a magical place in the northern desert of Kenya and bordering Ethiopia. Famous for its Nile Perch that can reach 200kg!
Get collected from anywhere in Laikipia and Heli over some of the most stunning areas of Northern Kenya such as the Matthews range en route to Lake Turkana. On arrival you will have a bush breakfast and then head out to try to catch a monster! Nile Perch have been known to reach 200kg! You can choose to fly camp on the Island or at the Oasis Club in Loiyangalani. There is an option to add an extra night at Desert Rose, a truly stunning lodge on the slopes of Mt. Nyiru.
Ragati is very easily reached by car from Nairobi and is only 1hour 30min drive from the Muthaiga Roundabout and equally only 1hour 30min from Nanyuki. The road in is beautiful – why not stop over in Ragati on your way to Laikipia?