There are a lot of things/activities to do at Lewa Conservancy. But before we elaborate, lets first get a brief history of the vast favourite tourist (safari) destination in Northern Kenya.
History of Lewa Conservancy
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is part of the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, and it is privately owned, and run by a non-profit conservation group whose only aim is to protect regional wildlife.
It is the most famous region of Laikipia Plateau which stretches north from the Aberdare Mountain Range to the start of the Samburu tribal lands in the shadows of the Matthews Range.
How to reach Lewa Lodges
To access Lewa Wildlife Conservancy you can drive from Nairobi, and it will take you around four hours or fly into Lewa Downs airstrip in a light aircraft which will take about 45 minutes.
Lewa is part of what was mainly cattle ranches, many of which are now Safari Lodges, from Borana in the south to Loisaba, Sabuk, and Ol-Malo in the north, and is just north of Mt. Kenya.
The Lewa Conservancy was established over 25 years ago by the Craig/Douglas family as a black rhino sanctuary, but the sanctuary is now home to a variety of rare species from Grevy’s Zebra to Sitatunga, an aquatic Antelope, Black leopard and Oryx.
Lewa Conservation Park has 17% of the world’s population of Grevy’s zebra.
In fact, you will have a great opportunity here to see the big five. [Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino].
Things to do at Lewa Conservancy
Jump into a helicopter from the lawn and disappear for the day, stepping into other-worldly landscapes rarely visited by others, or step up the elevation and photograph the rocky peaks of Mt Kenya with the doors off.
You don’t have to be an expert but go for a horse-ride if you want to imagine life as a zebra out on the plains. Our horses have been trained to allow inexperienced riders to get on the hoof.
An experienced guide will lead the ride and deepen the experience of your encounters. Being on horseback means that wildlife doesn’t recognise you as human and you’ll travel through the plains as if wearing an invisible cloak.
Being on foot brings you on intimate terms with this ancient land. From a few hours to a full day, immerse yourself in the wilderness.
I’m Calum and walking is my favourite thing. Being on foot opens up the more inaccessible valleys to our north and allows you to feel your true place in the landscape. Together we’ll experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush and I’ll introduce you to bushcraft that enables people to live here. We might even enjoy a game of mbau on an ancient board carved into a rock.
Borana loge at Lewa is a spectacular environment in which to mountain bike. The silence and off-road abilities of our top-of-the-range mountain bikes allow guests to get very close to the Big game.
Mountain bikes give guests the opportunity to travel long distances at their own pace and in a completely natural environment. Mountain biking offers an exciting and exhilarating way to view the bush.
Ornithology [bird spotting]
One of the features of a safari to Lewa is the great variety of experiences on offer, from camels, horse riding, helicopters, mountain bikes as well as the normal game drives in four-wheel drives.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy also includes the guardianship of the adjoining Ngare Forest reserve.
It also has within its boundaries, important archaeological sites including a one-million-year-old hand axe site, and a historical cave.
One thing that shouldn’t be forgotten is the local people. It’s not just the preservation of the animals and the conservation of the environment that matters here, but also to develop and ensure economic growth in the area.
So what you will see and perhaps be able to contribute to include water schemes, medical clinics and schools.
Lewa continues to be closely involved in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Lewa is generally closed for rainy seasons (April 1 to May 15 and November 1 to December 15), and in any case visiting in the dry season, especially close to the end is more rewarding. Either way malaria protection is essential.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an amazing place to visit on your in Kenya Safari, and it offers a lot more.
Lewa Conservancy lodges
Located at the heart of Borana Conservancy, Borana Lodge is set against a beautiful hillside with organic design and panoramic views. All retained earnings from Borana Lodge are invested into the various conservation efforts across Borana Conservancy.
Elewana Kifaru House
With just 5 charming thatched cottages, this exquisitely created home-hidden away within Kenya’s most successful wildlife conservancy offers true luxury in the bush with unrivalled wildlife viewing.
Elewana Lewa Safari Camp
Situated in a stunning location within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp offers authentic comfort luxury and privileged access to 65,000 acres of privately protected wilderness.
Discover one of Kenya’s original safari ventures. Lewa Wilderness is Craig’s family home and offers an array of safari adventures in true style and comfort.
Laragai House is an exclusive home on the Borana Conservancy. With eight stunning bedrooms that overlook Kenya’s Northern Frontier, it provides the perfect escape for those looking to spend time with friends and family in total privacy.
Our dramatic, thatched main house is the focal common area, with the accommodation being separate cottages around the grounds, each with unique views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier.
As a small and intimate family-owned safari lodge, Sirikoi offers unrivalled exclusivity and charm. The four luxury tents, Sirikoi Cottage and private Sirikoi House are perfectly positioned along the spring-fed Sirikoi stream, immersed in nature with wildlife all around.
Available for exclusive use only, Sirai House affords guests all facilities associated with a world-class resort, with the cocoon-like ambience and seclusion of a private home – set in a flourishing game conservancy.
Arijiju, dubbed the most beautiful house in Africa by Conde Nast, offers an exceptionally luxurious private safari experience alongside unrivalled fitness, spa and wellness facilities. The house has 5 bedrooms suites.
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