Lewa And Laikipia Wildlife Conservancies

Some of Africa’s rarest creatures such as rhino are found in the Lewa and Laikipia wildlife conservancies, so expect productive game drives amid refreshingly varied landscapes.

These two acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries are located in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Due to the tireless efforts of the landowners, both conservancies teem with endangered species including black rhino, cheetah, Grevy’s zebra and African wild dog. Better yet, you get to view them without any crowds.

Situated in Kenya’s wild northern frontier, these concessions also offer great diversity of scenery, ranging from undulating savanna grasslands dotted with acacias to dense woodland, rocky outcrops and dramatic gorges. This ever-changing terrain adds another dimension of interest to game drives, which are almost sure to uncover a range of interesting animals which thrive in these safe havens.

Being outside of national park boundaries, Lewa and Laikipia both offer visitors the opportunity to participate in activities not usually permitted in Kenyan reserves. Things that you can do at these conservancies include horseback riding, Maasai-guided nature walks, lion tracking and camel treks.

Your stay here will support the conservation of African wildlife – Laikipia is home to half the population of all of Kenya’s black rhino as well as the only remaining northern white rhinos on earth. Lewa also holds the distinction of having lost zero rhinos to poaching in recent years, while its grounds are a refuge for between 100-500 elephant depending on the season.

Lewa  Location

Laikipia Location

Lewa and Laikipia Highlights

  • Kenya’s best run private wildlife sanctuaries
  • A haven for rare rhino, wild dog and Grevy’s zebra
  • Dramatic, ever-changing scenery
  • Opportunity to enjoy nature walks, horseback riding and camel treks
  • A chance to support African wildlife conservation

When To Go

The climate in these conservancies is generally sunny and warm all year, reaching up to 30℃ during the day but with little humidity. Evenings can get quite cool so be sure to bring extra layers of clothing. Rain falls heaviest in this region in May and November, which may disperse wildlife but bear in mind that this means far fewer guests and an abundance of greenery.

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Lewa and Laikipia Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Lewa and Laikipia regions. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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