Lewa Wilderness

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

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.

Camp Location

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

Below are some of our preferred Lewa and Laikipia tented camps and safari lodges. Please contact us to tailor design a selection of accommodation options to suit the style of your trip, and your budget.

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.



The following tours can be easily tailor-designed to your personal travelling requirements, are private and independent. Please contact us to begin custom designing your personalised Kenya experience.

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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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