Lewa Wilderness, Kenya

Lewa Wilderness is at the heart of one of Kenya’s most famous conservation success stories: the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Published 13 Jun 2017, 15:59 BST

Lewa Wilderness is at the heart of one of Kenya’s most famous conservation success stories: the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This award-winning organisation has been a major catalyst for community conservation; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is featured on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List.

Overlooked by the magnificent Mount Kenya, Lewa is 62,000 acres of savannah, forests, gorges and mountains amid the colourful Laikipia Plateau. Famous for its abundance of game, this privately owned reserve offers some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa: Lewa is home to Africa’s Big Five and one of the largest populations of the endangered black rhino in East Africa. In fact, Laikipia is the only region in Kenya where animal numbers have increased over the past 20 years.

Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s original private safari lodges and has been the Craig family home since 1972. The lodge has nine luxurious hillside cottages overlooking the valley, each beautifully designed with natural materials. The combination of family cottages, double and triple rooms, plus a stunning honeymoon suite with its own plunge pool, makes Lewa Wilderness the perfect traditional safari setting for travellers of all ages. The cottages are open-plan and feature en suite bathrooms, open fireplaces, living rooms and spacious verandahs with exceptional views.

Host Will Craig owns East Africa’s only commercial open cockpit biplane, and a stable yard of horses suited to all levels of experience. Guests can also ride camels through the wilderness, go on game drives, take guided bush walks or visit local community enhancement projects. Those wanting a more active day can go running in the wild with a Maasai guide, use the gym or play tennis, before relaxing by the pool — often the best game-viewing spot of all.

Natural springs, home-raised livestock and a five-acre organic garden are the source of healthy and delicious cusine at Lewa Wilderness. Will and Emma Craig dine with their guests most evenings, creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere usually followed by a dram of whisky and fireside stories of life in Africa.   

Need to know

Key facilities

• Nine luxury rooms (four doubles, two triples and three family)
• Saltwater pool
• Tennis court
• Gym

Key activities

• Morning and evening game drives
• Guided bush walks
• Waco bi-plane scenic flights
• Horseback and camel rides


T: +254 796 035 177 / +44 787 502 5544
E: reservations@lewawilderness.com

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