Lolldaiga Hills Ranch is a working livestock ranch, a carefully stocked commercial operation that is integral to effective wildlife and habitat management. The Ranch receives visitors to the Farm House. Low-impact walking and horse-back safaris allow visitors to experience Lolldaiga’s diverse wildlife and spectacular views. Lolldaiga Hills Ltd has a community out-reach programme and is used by the British Army to conduct training exercises on the varied terrain.
The Ranch continues to run large-scale commercial livestock operations that are integral to effective wildlife and habitat management. There are Boran, Charolais and Angus cattle, and Merino and Dorper sheep. Grazing regimes follows the holistic rangeland management system and, as a result, the grasslands host a high density and diversity of flora and fauna. Livestock numbers are carefully managed so as to sustain the integrity and health of the varying ecosystems across the Ranch.
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Lolldaiga has set aside some land on the farm to grow Rhodes grass, used mostly for drought reserves.
Lolldaiga became a ranch back in 1928, though there were no water sources on the land at the time, and it had to be carried in on an ox cart from the Timau River, 10 miles away. Originally a sheep farm (mainly Merino, then crossed with Masai sheep), the ranch has been farming cattle and camels too since the 40s/50s. Now, the cattle herd is mostly made up of Boran and Red Poll, but over the years the owners had also experimented with Ayreshires, Jerseys, Shorthorns, Herefords and Red Devons.
Following the construction of hundreds of dams, wildlife numbers increased dramatically. Paddocks and border fences were removed in order to make more space across the landscape for conservation development.
Lolldaiga is home to a vast array of species, thanks to the varied topography, geographic positioning and secure location.
In depth ecological monitoring means all animals living on Lolldaiga are considered and protected, with an aim to further improve the conservation element of the ranch. Follow the link to find out more: