Mt Kenya, Ragati


The Ragati Conservancy has been formed in liaison with the Kenya Forestry Service (KFS) and covers an area of some 8,000 hectares on the southern slopes of Mt Kenya.

Unique in Kenya, the Conservancy consists of primarily Afro-Montane Forest, includes the Ragati River and its tributaries and is home to an abundance of wildlife; Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard as well as the rare Bongo, Crowned Eagle and Giant African Clawless Otter.

The conservancy lies between 2,200 metres and 3,000 metres and joins onto the Mt Kenya National Park, the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199 metres; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The principle goal is conservation; to introduce more people to this unique habitat through activities including trout fishing and mountain climbing and to provide support and employment opportunities for the local community.

Fly Fishing

The Ragati River is 10 km 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, large pools and many tributaries flowing in from the east.

An ideal habitat for Rainbow Trout and the Giant African Clawless Otter, the river is stocked regularly and the conservancy will develop a commercial trout farm which will ensure regular stocking into the future.

Plans for the building of a log cabin on the river, which will sleep 8, are well under way. There is a fully trained team of ghillies and fish guards on site to ensure you have an amazing fishing experience.

Wildlife and Forest Habitats 

The primary aim is the conservation of the unique ecosystem that is the Ragati Conservancy, but in a way that is inclusive and sustainable.

There are estimated to be only 200 Bongo left in the wild and they are endemic to Mt Kenya and the Aberdare’s. Many of these are within the Conservancy. The Ragati Conservancy will be working with various experts on the opportunity for reintroducing Bongo and other species that used to call this home.

The aim is to build a research station to the East of the Conservancy and they are looking for partnerships and funding to help understand the whole ecosystem and build systems to ensure it will still be flourishing 50 years from now, for future generations to enjoy.

African Ascents has exclusive rights to the Ragati Conservancy and can offer several custom built itineraries providing the best opportunity to enjoy such a wonderful ecosystem, whether you wish to enjoy Ragati on its own or incorporate it into part of an extended expedition, this is entirely up to you. The forest is a great place to relax at the end of a full Mt Kenya expedition, learn to fly fish and have the opportunity to see the rare Bongo.

Itineraries include:

2-3 days guided fly fishing safari on the Ragati conservancy.

Incorporate Ragati Conservancy in to a 7 day fly fishing safari including the Lakes and Tarns of Mt Kenya.

Incorporate Ragati Conservancy into a 2 week fly fishing safari including the very best of fly fishing in Kenya as a whole. From trout in the lakes, tarns and rivers, to bigger fish in the Indian Ocean off the Kenya coast.

Please get in touch via the ‘contact us’ page with any request and we can tailor make an itinerary specific to your needs.


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