Kenya is full of conservation success stories but one of the greatest is that of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in the foothills of Mount Kenya. This 62 000-acre stretch of land is a haven for some of the country’s most endangered and unusual species, like the beautiful Grevy’s zebra and magnificent black rhino. Lewa Wilderness Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore this undulating landscape in search of not only the major mammals but also other sought-after sightings like the pink-lidded Verreaux’s eagle-owl.
Tracing its current history back to 1924, the lodge is centred on the original farmhouse of the storied Craig family. Still owner-run, the Craigs are involved in all aspects of Lewa and, together with their exceptional guiding team, ensure guests understand how education and social welfare have a positive impact on conservation.
In addition to unforgettable game drives, fly-camping and guided walks, Lewa Wilderness Lodge also offers tennis, horse riding, camel trekking and even soaring flights in a vintage biplane. Visit the lovely Ngarendare waterfalls, go on an inspiring and humbling visit to Il’ Ngwesi village, and join the anti-poaching dogs to understand their crucial role in protecting Kenya’s rhino stronghold.
A stay at Lewa Wilderness Lodge is perfect for true safari lovers who really want to immerse themselves in a very special part of Kenya. It is closed over the usual rainy seasons between April and May, and in November.