Travel Guide – Solio Game Reserve, Kenya

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Founded in 1970 as the breeding ground of the mighty black and white Rhinos, the Solio Game Reserve has a unique way of luring people through its beauty, wildlife and tranquility.

Keep reading to get an insight into this magnificent Kenyan highlight if you're planning a trip there.

What Makes Solio Game Reserve Truly Special

Solio Game Reserve is one of Kenya's brightest stars. It attracts plenty of tourists from around the world to who visit to watch the endangered white and black rhinos in their full glory. The vast 45,000-acre game reserve hosts an array of animals, including giraffes, warthogs, buffalos, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and many more.

The fantastic location of the reserve between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains gives you an opportunity to view spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Solio Reserve is internationally recognized as the best privately owned and managed rhino breeding reserve in Kenya.

Tourists on Landcruiser Viewing Rhinos at Solio Reserve

Tourists on Landcruiser Viewing Rhinos at Solio Reserve, Image Source: SafariDesire.Com

When to Visit

Although Solio Game Reserve can be visited at any time of the year, it is recommended to avoid the rainy season, as heavy rains can disrupt safari plans. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to September, and from December to February. The reserve closes in November for maintenance.

Getting There

Located in Laikipia, the reserve is 3-4 hours away from Nairobi via car. If you wish to travel by air, then a flight from Nairobi International to the Nanyuki airstrip would be no more than an hour and 10 minutes. AirKenya, Safarilink, and Fly-Sax are the commonly available flight options.

Accommodation Options

The Solio Lodge

The Solio Lodge is the epitome of grandeur and personalized services. The vast floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the cottages offer a clear view of the landscape. The cozy cottages are equipped with a fireplace, dedicated workspaces, comfortable beds and sofas, and an en-suite bathroom.

The Aberdare Country Club

Rated 9.1 by couples, this country club has secluded rooms that offer a remarkable view of the mountains and the lush gardens. It offers its guests a 9-hole golf course along with the luxury of having nature and bird walks with an expert guide.

The Aberdare Country Club

The Aberdare Country Club, Image Source: Isafiri.Com

Rhino Watch Safari lodge

Just 1.7 miles away from the Solio Game Reserve, this lodge is known for its prime location. It is nearest to the airport and offers lush garden views and freecycling activities within its vicinity.

Park Fees

  • $80 per person for non-residents
  • Ksh2000 for residents
  • Ksh1000 for citizens

Sightseeing and Activities

Game Drives

Since it’s one of the oldest rhino sanctuaries in Kenya, you’ll be able to easily spot many of the horned beasts wandering in reserve. The game drives in Solio are organized in luxurious 5-seater, roof hatched, closed Land Cruisers accompanied with a spotter and an expert guide. Having the largest population of black and white rhinos and a variety of wildlife such as antelopes, impalas, waterbuck, and a game drive in Solio is truly an unforgettable experience.


The Aberdare National Park hosts a trout fishing activity every once in a while. You would have to pay $52 per person to enter the park.

Bird Watching

The Solio Game Reserve has a variety of vibrant migratory bird species that are found in abundance. You can simply watch the birds while game driving or organize a special bird watching trip.

Crown Bird

Crown Bird, Image Source: SafariBookings.Com

Helicopter Trips

Experience luxury at the Solio game reserve by taking a breathtaking helicopter flight to the top of Mount Kenya. Here you can enjoy a picnic breakfast and the lush green and diverse landscape that the country offers.

Horse Riding

Hop on the beautiful Kenyan horses and ride through the fragrant coffee farms and explore the ranch.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to this beautiful Reserve and have a great time! Don’t forget to check out this Comprehensive Safari Guide for Kenya to make your trips a lot easier!

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