Lewa Wilderness Trails is a fabulous place to stay. The rooms are luxurious and lodge welcoming and relaxed. There is always something to see from the lodge and the wildlife in the conservancy is excellent.
Lewa Safari Camp
Set among greenery in the northwest corner of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Safari Camp is a fenced property with a family feel. The main building has the feel of a traditional homestead, with a comfy lounge area, open dining room and pool area with loungers.
The 12 en suite tents are raised on decks beneath high thatched roofs and look out through the trees or across the plains. Two are designed for families of up to five, and all can have either twin or double beds.
Buffet style lunches and á la carte dinners are served in the dining area on individual tables, while cooked bush breakfasts are sometimes set up in a secluded spot within the conservancy. At night, you can gather around the campfire with a drink, or do a bit of stargazing with camp manager.
Morning and afternoon game drives through the conservancy are included in your stay. You can also opt pay extra for other activities such as night drives, camel rides, horse riding (for experienced riders only) and visits to the conservancy’s headquarters.
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The canvas tents are surrounded by trees and spaced out for privacy. Each has a large raised deck covered by a high thatched roof and furnished with chairs. Inside is an en suite bathroom with a heated shower, double or twin beds, a small desk and a simple wardrobe. Waking to the sound of birdsong, you can sit on your deck with tea and biscuits while watching the sunrise. Two of the tents are designed for families, featuring two en suite bedrooms, while several others can fit three beds.
The camp is situated in the northwest corner of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya’s Laikipia region, and funds from your stay directly go toward conserving the wildlife here. The conservancy is known for its black and white rhino population, as well as Grevy’s zebra, large herds of buffalo, reticulated giraffe and elephant. The landscape is beautiful, mixing open plains and rolling hills with pockets of forest and marshland, and mountains rising in the distance.
Food and drink
- All meals are served on individual tables in the dining area.
- Cooked and cold breakfast options can be eaten in the dining room or taken out on your morning game drive.
- Three-course lunches are served in the open dining area and served buffet style, usually comprising salads, cold pastas, meat or fish.
- For dinner, you can choose from two options for each course, and there’ll always be a vegetarian option.
- Other dietary requirements can be catered to if requested in advance.
- The camp is fenced, which makes it feel safer for families.
- The two family tents can fit up to five guests, while the three triple tents provide plenty of space for families with young children.
- Meal times can be flexible and there’s a pool to keep children entertained between activities.
Facilities and activities
The camp has its own spa offering a mix of treatments, a pool and a gift shop showcasing local crafts. Wi-Fi is available in the main communal area. A 15-minute walk from the main area gets you to the camp’s hide, where you can often spot white rhino grazing.
Morning and afternoon game drives through the conservancy showcase the different wildlife and habitats that make this area special, and night drives are offered at an extra cost. You can head out on a walking safari with a guide and armed ranger, getting close to white rhino while looking at animal tracks, plant life, insects and birds.
We also recommend a visit to the conservancy’s headquarters for an insight into the conservation work that takes place here (you might also get to meet the anti-poaching dogs on patrol). Camel rides and horse riding for experienced riders are also available for an additional charge.
Environmental and social responsibility
Lewa Safari Camp is owned by the conservancy, so all profits are reinvested into its conservation and community work. Its Community Development Program helps fund healthcare, education and clean water for the local area, in turn reminding locals of the benefits of wildlife conservation. You’ll receive a reusable water bottle on arrival, with the camp aiming to reduce the need for plastic bottles.
This camp’s leafy gardens give it the feel of an oasis, and birds are everywhere. We like the warm atmosphere in the main building and find that the guides here are exceptionally knowledgeable.
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