Lewa Wilderness Lodge

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Situated in an exceptional conservancy that protects black rhino and Grevy’s zebra
  • Low visitor numbers in 62 000-acre private conservation area
  • Tennis court, swimming pool, horse riding and camel trekking
  • Scenic biplane flights, fly-camping, walking and night drives
  • Airstrip for private chartered flights directly to the lodge

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Horse riding
  • Local village visits

Rooms

Standard Room

There are nine thatched cottages for guests, each with fireplaces in the sitting areas and verandas to soak up the spectacular views. All the furniture is handmade on site by local craftsmen, adding to the considerable charm of your accommodation.

Each room has a mini-bar, generator-powered lighting and power outlets for charging cameras and mobile phones. Unusually, small, travel-sized hairdryers can be used but management must be informed first so arrangements can be made to accommodate them on the limited power supply.

Facilities

Lewa Wilderness Lodge is packed with things to do when you are not out on game drives. On chilly days, snuggle up in the large sitting room next to the blazing fireplace or play a few games of darts. On hot days, head to the salt-water infinity swimming pool or tennis court.

Active or adventurous guests will enjoy horse riding, camel trekking, time in the gym, fly-camping or nature walks. There are about 40 horses in the stables, suitable for novice and experienced riders (English saddles are provided). For a special occasion, book a flight in the vintage biplane to see Lewa from the skies. Cultural village and school visits, as well as time with the tracker dogs, can all be arranged as can excursions to prehistoric sites.

At the end of the day, soothe body and mind with a calming massage. There is a limited Internet service available that is billed to your account. Private chartered flights can land at the Lewa Downs airstrip.

Dining

All meals at Lewa Wilderness Lodge are healthy and cooked from scratch to be enjoyed communally or privately, whichever you prefer. Please let your Africa Safari Expert know if you have any dietary requirements.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Bar
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Games room
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-fi available

Amenities

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor area

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2019-06-01 — 2019-06-30 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $875
2019-07-01 — 2019-09-15 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $990
2019-09-16 — 2019-10-31 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $875
2019-12-01 — 2019-12-19 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $875
2019-12-20 — 2020-01-05 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $990

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Lewa Wilderness Lodge
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Ryan Hills

Lewa Wilderness exceeded our every expectation. From the moment we were shown our cottage, i was just in awe of the place. I had no idea what the rooms were like because they don't have a lot of photos on their website, and I was very surprised when Kate the manager showed us our cottage, I couldn't believe the whole thing was for us! The staff there were all so friendly and made us feel so welcome, it really felt more like we were visiting friends than staying at a lodge. Our guides on the game drive's was excellent, and for the most part Maddi and I had our own vehicle and guide, which made the animal encounters even more intimate. We got VERY close to a few of the animals, including Elephants, Cheetahs, and a pride of Lions (with some VERY cute cubs). We also were told that the Leopard was a very elusive cat and we may not get to see one - and then we DID see one on our very first game drive, as well as another sighting the next night! The managers and staff at Lewa went out of their way to make our honeymoon special, by organising a surprise breakfast for us overlooking the savannah during one of our horse rides, a special surprise candlelight dinner one night, and other surprise events.
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