Lewa Wilderness

One of the most famous safari lodges and rightly so!

An incredible range of activities

Amazing for a romantic holiday or an adventure for the whole family

Facilities at Lewa Wilderness

Game Drives
Swimming Pool

When to go to Lewa Wilderness


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Lewa Wilderness has been a private home belonging to the Craig family since 1972. The Craig’s are still there today, welcoming guests into their extraordinary part of the world and providing a safari lodge that is a home away from home, with every detail painstakingly considered so that guests feel as comfortable as possible. It is a very unique safari experience where game drives almost take a back seat there is so much else to do.

There are nine cottages tucked into the hillside at Lewa Wilderness, each comfortable and luxurious with a delightfully rustic ranch homestead feel to it. 3 of these are the garden cottages which are closer to the main house and perfect for families with young children as they have two en-suite bedrooms, joined by a sitting area. The six hillside rooms are all one-bedroom cottages, each individually designed and decorated and placed to make the most of the beautiful views over the valley.

Guests in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are surrounded by wonderful game viewing opportunities, and as well as being home to the Big 5 Lewa is one of the only places where you are almost guaranteed to see the endangered black rhinos as well as white rhinos. 

What makes Lewa so incredibly special is the huge variety of activities on offer here. As well as game drives and walking safaris guests can also enjoy camel back safaris, horse back safaris and bi-plane flights with Will Craig. The lodge stables are just a two minute walk from the lodge and home to over 30 horses and ponies. The horses are well accustomed to the wildlife, and the wildlife to the horses, enabling you to get much closer and feel much more a part of your surroundings when out in the bush. 

Lewa Wilderness is part of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. It is a 62,000 acre, hugely successful, conservation project set near the base of Mount Kenya, Africa's second tallest mountain. Overlooked by Mount Kenya the area contains incredible landscapes and wildlife to rival that found anywhere in Africa. It is one of Kenya's most ancient and private safari ventures. 

The Lewa Wildlife Conservacy is one of Kenya’s major private conservation successes and this resonates through every day life here. The experiences you can enjoy at Lewa really are one of a kind. This is where David Attenborough was filmed bottle feeding a baby rhino, another favourite activity is the biplane flights over the reserve. By staying at Lewa Wilderness you are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and all of its conservation and community development projects. Lewa Wilderness touches the heart of every guest who stays here as it is just as much as home as it is an experience.

The 62,000 acres Lewa conservancy is home to a huge variety of wildlife and also protects some of Kenya's most endangered animals, including the black rhino and Grevy's zebra.

There are power outlets in the cottages so phone/camera batteries can be charged in the rooms. There is also a mini-bar in each room. There is a gym, tennis court and table tennis table. 

Wifi is available in the main house and library. 

Lewa Wilderness is reached by daily scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson. It is a seasonal camp, closed in April, May and November.

Day and night game drives
Walking safaris
Horse riding for both experienced and novice riders
Camel treks
Scenic biplane flights (additional cost)
Local community visits
Bush meals and sundowners
Visits to prehistoric sites
Farm and craft tours
Il'Ngwest cultural village visit (additional cost)
Waterfall swimming
A wide range of kids activities
Local school visit
Massages (additional cost)