Journey to a world-famous conservancy, once a private cattle ranch that was transformed into a haven for conservation and wildlife. Today the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is not only a World Heritage Site but also home to East Africa’s healthiest populations of black and white rhinos. Lewa has become an internationally recognised example of collaborative conservation involving its neighbouring tribal communities.
Harboured within this pristine wilderness more than double the size of San Francisco, lies the exclusive and luxurious Kifaru House. This enchanting and private haven is set in an oasis of lush lawns serenaded by the resident birdlife. The lodge overlooks Lewa’s gorgeous plains and a frequently visited waterhole.
Kifaru’s guides are all from Lewa’s neighbouring communities and have been certified Bronze or Silver level by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. Not only are they passionate about their land, but they also have intimate knowledge of the individual lion, cheetah and rhino families within the conservancy. Go on game drives to enjoy incredible sightings like the Big 5, cheetah, and critically endangered Grevy’s zebra against the magnificent backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya.
Leave the game drive vehicle behind for a walk in the wild, guided by armed Samburu rangers with exceptional hands-on knowledge of rhino conservation in the area. Walk the canopy bridge through Ndare Forest and swim in its crystal-clear springs, before enjoying a picnic lunch next to a tranquil stream. Kifaru also offers other activities like horse riding and camel trekking; visits to Conservation HQ where you can learn about the running of Lewa and see the anti-poaching tracker dogs in action; and informative visits to the local Samburu manyattas (homesteads) in Tassia and Il Ngwesi.