Lewa Wilderness safari : The fact that so many lodges are owned by proprietors who are passionate about the wildlife and land they deal with is one of the things we’ve always appreciated about safari in Kenya, and particularly about safari on the Laikipia Plateau. Lewa Wilderness is the definition of these wild, hospitable, and wholly rural on a Kenya safari.
What’s Lewa Wilderness really like?
The atmosphere at Lewa wilderness is unmistakably Kenyan: relaxed, cosy, and rustic. There are thatched roofs, rough stone walls, and well-kept lawns. The bedrooms are either located close to the main lodge in Garden Rooms, which are frequently used as family rooms because they are built in pairs around a central sitting area, or farther away in Hillside Cottages, which offer floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of the conservancy. Will and Emma Craig live in the Lewa Wilderness main house, which is particularly warm and inviting. If you stop by for tea, you feel like an additional member of the family. There is a pool to splash around in when it gets too hot, and meals are enjoyable and communal. A gym, tennis courts, and wi-fi are all available in the major sections if you absolutely must stay connected to the outside world.
What to do during your Lewa safari?
Lewa Wilderness offers wonderful and amazing game drive safari. We fell in love with this breathtaking setting the moment we first arrived, and as an added bonus, the game viewing is really fantastic. Watch out for rhinos in particular; Lewa is a refuge for these threatened animals. You can as well do and enjoy the multi-day hikes you may do on Lewa if you want a real adventure. Walking safaris with Maasai guides give an extraordinarily in-depth view into the wilderness. Lewa’s horseback riding safaris are also highly recommended. As long as you weigh under 90 kg, the horses here range from safe for beginners to something a little more adventurous, and there is nothing like the sensation of cantering alongside a tower of giraffe or a dazzle of zebra. What if riding horses isn’t your thing? We can always set up a slightly more leisurely camel ride, though. Last but not least, there are bi-plane flights over the conservancy for the romantics among us who are visiting Kenya with images of Out of Africa. These flights are just lovely and shouldn’t be forgotten quickly.
Lewa Wilderness’s giving back programme: We have so much to say about this topic that it’s almost impossible to fit it all in. It is safe to state that Lewa is managed as a highly serious conservation project, safeguarding and elevating both the local population and the wildlife. This 62,000 acre reserve, which was once farmland but was changed for animal protection, is now home to 20% of Grevy’s zebra and 12% of the black rhino population in the world. The local community is essential to the animals’ survival, and Lewa makes significant contributions to local education initiatives as well as numerous microfinance programs and initiatives to enhance access to clean water and healthcare.