Luxury Safaris in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa is a private conservancy with diverse mix of habitats from grassland plains, forest, wetlands and hills.
Formerly a cattle ranch, Lewa is now a shining example of exceptional wildlife conservation whose efforts have brought back healthy populations of the endangered black rhino and Grevy’s Zebra. In fact its 62,000 acres is now home to over 12% of Kenya’s black rhino, over 14% of the country’s white rhino and remarkably, the world’s largest single population of Grevy’s zebra, as well the rest of the ‘Big Five’, the rare reticulated giraffe and much more.
The conservancy is a not for profit organisation and which also works closely with its local Maasai communities for a sustainable safari experience that is not just about the game, but genuine cultural encounters and a united front for conservation. There is a very tangible atmosphere of dedication here.
Together with your daily game drives, more varied adventure activities are available at Lewa from lion tracking, camel trekking and fly camping, to horse riding, village visits and learning about how the wildlife is protected here.
When to go
The best time to visit Lewa is February to March and July to October. Long rains fall in April and May and while there are short rains in November and December, it is still warm and they won't really disrupt your visit.
What to do
- 4x4 game drives
- Guided bush walks
- Horse riding safaris
- Archaeological site excursions
- Educational talks on the history of the Conservancy
- Camel safaris
Itineraries including Lewa
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Lodges and camps in Lewa
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Lewa WildernessFamily run and cared for, this lodge invites you to be a part of the lives of the Craig family who will host you during your stay here. A beautiful retreat surrounded by trees and located within the 62,000 acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Wilderness has just nine individually decorated cottages with private sitting areas and verandas looking over the vast landscape. The fire places in each room add to the homely feel of the place and for those who want to be outdoors more often than in, the tennis court and swimming pool are ideal ways to get some energy out. The reserve is home to some wonderful game, and helps the conservation efforts of black rhino that browse the region in larger numbers than elsewhere in East Africa. Lion, leopard and elephant can often be seen sipping from the small wooded valley river that flows past the lodge throughout the year and provides an excellent source for prime game viewing. If you are feeling more adventurous than most, ‘Walking Wild’ is an activity that lets you explore the wild and remote Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in the safety of a team of expert guides. Sleeping a maximum of eight, you head off on a genuine mobile safari lead by camels and each tent has its own private toilet and shower ‘room’ that adds a ‘glamping’ element to this remarkably wild experience. Three to five night options are available.