History of Sosian Luxury Safari
Major Gerald Edwards settled at Sosian in 1920 when he was granted the land after the First World War. In those days Laikipia was several days drive from Nairobi, communications were virtually non-existent, and cattle ranching in Northern Kenya was a seriously adventurous pastime. However, until Major Edwards died in 1977, he cared for each and every acre as well as building up his own cattle ranch over the years. Alas, following Major Edwards death the land which he had so lovingly preserved and cultivated, dwindled into ruin. Left unattended to, the over grazing combined with a sever drought in 1990, Sosian appeared irreparable beyond salvation; unrecognisable compared to the present luxury safari lodge.
The drought savaged an extensive amount of grassland and vegetation, leaving very little behind. Then in 1999 a diverse group of shareholders came together to buy Sosian with the aim of restoring the ecology. The old ranch house, which had been built in the 1940s by Italian artisans, was completely re-built, it’s former glory finally restored. The ranch management and good rains has also allowed the vegetation to flourish and the lodge to prosper.
Since Sosian’s restoration to a luxury safari lodge, the wildlife (including several endangered species) has increased in great numbers and there are now over 100 people employed on the ranch in tourism, cattle-ranching, anti-poaching and security. Sosian is now a thriving conservation project in itself. The success of the lodge has allowed the involvement with projects in the wider community, including education, conservation and healthcare projects further afield in Kenya.
Today, Sosian remains a functioning cattle ranch simultaneous to a luxury safari lodge. Sosian were determined to maintain the heritage of the lodge and so continue to keep a prospering cattle herd. Guests are encouraged to engage in activities involving the cattle including branding or simply just spending time with the cattle.