Lewa Wilderness

Accommodation in Laikipia Plateau

Family and community protect the Big Five deep in the African wilderness.

Lewa Downs, the home of the Craig family since the 1920s, has gradually morphed from a family farm to an award-winning and exclusive wildlife conservancy. Set in breathtaking scenery in northern Laikipia, Mount Kenya dominates the views to the south while the stunning northern Kenya drylands stretch north to the Mathews Range. Plentiful African game dots the landscape in both directions. One fifth of all Grevy’s zebra are found on Lewa.

Lewa Wilderness is more than a lodge, it is a home. Three garden cottages were built near the family house to host the first guests in 1972. The six hillside cottages added since make the most of the beautiful views of the elephant, rhino, giraffe and other wildlife in the valley and at the river below. Organic produce from the garden adds colour and flavour to the tempting meals.

The family set aside land for the Sergoi Ngare Rhino Sanctuary in the late 1980s and made the decision to make the whole ranch a not-for-profit conservancy in 1995. From the start the family has understood the importance of making local communities stakeholders in the survival of the African wilderness. To that end, income from the conservancy supports schools, healthcare, water projects and micro-credit schemes.  

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