Lewa And Laikipia

Some of Africa’s rarest creatures 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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Places to stay in Lewa and Laikipia

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.

Kicheche Laikipia

Kicheche Laikipia is a small eco-camp set in shady indigenous forest in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with iconic Mount Kenya as a backdrop.

Lewa Safari Camp

Charming Lewa Safari Camp is the Lewa Conservancy flagship - a very comfortable lodge with excellent food and unsurpassed gameviewing.

Lewa Wilderness

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

Solio Lodge

Luxurious Solio Lodge offers frequent and intense wildlife encounters, unparalleled exclusivity and a beautiful setting between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.

Kenya Overview

What are the best things to do in Kenya?
Kenya has so many exciting and wonderful experiences to enjoy that the options are endless. Top experiences include:

  • Witnessing the great wildebeest migration (September to October) in the Masai Mara.
  • Exploring Samburu Game Reserve with its big game as well as rare endemic species.
  • Breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Thousands of flamingos and pelicans on the Rift Valley lakes .
  • Getting close to rhino in Laikipia.
  • Meeting the Samburu or Maasai and learning about their culture.

What is the climate like in Kenya?
The highland areas have a temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to the high altitude, however  it is hotter in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). The coast is hot and humid most of the year. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the ‘short rains’ that take place over 5-6 weeks in November and December and the ‘long rains’ that occur during March to May.

How do I get to Kenya?
Kenya’s major capital Nairobi is the main entry point into the country. Major airlines that fly into Nairobi include British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers flights to other popular African destinations including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Kenya is often combined with neighbouring Tanzania, and with Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Kenyan safari.

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