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Lewa Safari Camp

Profuse wildlife and a camp favoured by the famous

Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, sprawled across 65,000 acres (263 square kilometres) of Laikipia wilderness, is top of many people's game reserve wish list for its legendary wildlife viewing. With more than 70 recorded mammal species, the conservancy is home to lion, leopard and jackal, the largest concentration of Grevy’s zebra in the world, more than 130 black and white rhino, and too many bird species to list. To the south rises snow-capped Mount Kenya, to the north are the arid lands of Tassia and Il Ngwesi. Between them lie areas of pristine forest, fertile grasslands, extensive springs and acacia woodland.

At the lodge

The hotel

The thatched main area has a well-stocked bar, private tables for dining (although meals can be arranged in a number of outdoor locations too) and a shaded lounge area that is perfect for reading and relaxing during the day. Outside, the gardens are worth exploring, especially if you're a keen gardener and birdlover. There's an unusual giraffe design pool, board games and table tennis equipment.

The rooms

The 11 safari tents can be laid out as doubles or twins. (Three can accommodate triples for children under 16 only.) Each thatch-covered tent has a fireplace, a main bedroom, an en-suite bathroom and a spacious veranda. There are also two family tent suites, each consisting of two en-suite safari tents (one double, one twin) with a shared veranda. The beds are large and welcoming, draped with mosquito nets, and the bathrooms are rustically charming.

On safari

Experiences

Game drives and walking safaris are always successful. Lewa also offers evening horse rides, which let you get close to the plains game, as long as you're an experienced rider. If not, rock onto a camel instead! Your mount may be less elegant, but it's a perfect way to see the action. The camels are led by Samburu handlers. Breakfast or toast the setting sun in the bush, visit a Samburu village or chill at the lodge. The choice is yours.

When to go

Lewa Downs by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Lewa Downs is a small but diverse region with high densities of wildlife spread across a selection of habitats including grassland savannah, wetland and forest. Encounter impressive numbers of both black and white rhino, lions, leopard and cheetah as well as elephants, buffalo and if you are lucky, a pack of wild dogs that frequents the area. Birding is a welcomed colourful bonus with over 400 different species to keep you entertained between sightings.

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