Lewa Wilderness

Established in 1972, this family-run conservancy encompasses a diversity of landscapes including open plains, rolling hills, rocky escarpments and rivers at the base of Mt Kenya. There are just 9 thatch-roofed rooms at this exclusive property – six tucked into a hillside overlooking a valley with a rushing river and three set on beautifully green lawns close to the main lodge.

Throughout guest rooms and shared areas such as the cosy sitting and dining rooms are pieces of handmade furniture or family heirlooms, adding a rustic charm. Every meal at the homestead incorporates produce from the organic onsite farm, with the gorgeous bird-filled gardens providing the perfect setting for breakfast or lunch on a fine day. The property also has a pool, gym and tennis court.

Aside from twice-daily game drives to uncover all of the “Big 5”, including black and white rhino, guests at Lewa Wilderness may enjoy guided walks at a pace which suits their ability, camelback and horseback safaris. Open cockpit biplane flights over the breathtaking terrain may also be possible, to access forest and ravines which are closed to vehicles.

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How to get to Lewa Wilderness

Both scheduled and charter flights depart from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Lewa Wilderness’ closest airstrip. The lodge is around 40 minutes by road from here.

Activities at Lewa Wilderness

  • Game drives in open-roofed, open-sided 4WD vehicles in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • Guided walks led by Maasai guides
  • Horseback or camelback safaris
  • Scenic flights in an open cockpit biplane
  • Maasai village and craft workshop visits

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Lewa Wilderness Highlights

  • An authentic Kenyan homestead
  • Excellent chance of seeing the “Big Five”
  • Almost guaranteed chance of seeing both black and white rhino
  • A wealth of gameviewing options in a very rich wildlife area
  • Become part of the Craig family, East African conservation pioneers

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Lewa & Laikipia

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Lewa Safari Camp

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Lewa Wilderness

Exclusive Lewa Wilderness is set amongst a diverse range of stunning landscapes at the base of Mt Kenya.

Solio Lodge

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Kenya Overview

Why should I travel to 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.

When is the best time to see wildlife in Kenya?
Excellent gameviewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

What is the culture of Kenya?
Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

What is the climate in Kenya?
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.

What can I combine Kenya 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.

How to get to Kenya?
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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