Laikipia is a mid-altitude plateau, which formerly consisted of community land and ranch land. The plateau has been turned into a patchwork of private game reserves, with vast ranches where cattle and wildlife live alongside each other. This is prime Big Five territory at the base of snow-capped Mount Kenya. It is also home to many indigenous communities including the Laikipia Masaai and Samburu. Some of Kenya's most outstanding conservation work is currently being carried out here.