Lewa House

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Try and spot one of the approx 65 black rhino on Lewa as the conservancy hosts almost 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population

  • Explore the conservancy on horse, a wonderful way of getting up close to the game - all riding levels are catered for so don’t worry if you are novice

  • Visit the Lewa Conservancy headquarters to find out more about their conservation work such as visiting the anti-poaching tracker dogs

  • Visit a the local Il Ngwesi village can be arranged with all proceeds going to the village itself

  • The house managers can arrange a scenic biplane flight

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

Lewa House is closed in April and November.

The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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Insider's View

Head out on horseback to explore the incredible scenery, it is breathtaking!

Bush breakfasts in stunning spots in the Sanctuary.

Make sure you head out on foot to see the Lewa from a totally different perspective

The swimming pool is wonderfully refreshing in the heat of the day; and is surrounded by a scented thyme lawn

The Earth Pods have to be experienced to be believed!

For a different activity and a walk to cool off. Head to the forest and walk under the canopy of trees on your water the beautiful waterfalls. Jump off the waterfalls into the topaz water.

Take a picnic lunch and go for an extra long game  drive so you can see all of the rare Northern Kenyan wildlife.

Take a trip with Calum to the cave paintings and learn all about the history of man.  

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Lewa House or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

Description

Situated within the 45,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya's beautiful Laikipia, Lewa House is an attractive private house, the home of Sophie and Calum Macfarlane. There are bedrooms in the main house and fantastic family cottages in the gardens.

Lewa House is set on top of a hill with a panoramic view of the rolling landscape of the conservancy, overlooking luggas (valleys) and hills. The horizon rises to an eye-catching view of the Mount Kenya and the sacred mountain of the Samburu to the north.

The main house comprises a lounge and dining area, opening on to the comfortably furnished veranda with its own special view across the plains of northern Kenya. There are seven large cottages, each with a double and a twin room. The new earth pods are a nod to the future direction of Lewa House, carbon-neutral, 0 emission rooms which harness their own water and create their own power.

Besides the earth pods, the cottages follow the traditional Lewa design, with traditional makuti (thatched Lewa Swamp grass) roofs, and are designed to blend a traditional relaxed ambiance with modern comfort. Each of the cottages has a private veranda.

Guests at Lewa House have almost exclusive access to an area teeming with a variety of exciting wildlife/ Lewa is home to a healthy breeding population of white and black rhino, reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra, all critically endangered. You'll also find a large population of more common wildlife: elephant, buffalo, lion, a wide variety of plains game and the elusive leopard and cheetah. Aside from game drives and walking safaris, take the opportunity to horse ride, getting close to the wildlife and head out for picnics and swim in the streams running off the mountains.

Lewa is a very special part of the world, offering all visitors to the area an incredibly rich and memorable safari experience. Memories from Lewa go so much further than the wildlife, of course this is the focus, however, the people and landscapes really stay with you long after you have left.

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Childcare

Children are most welcome and babysitting can be arranged for those that need it. The house is also able to be flexible with mealtimes and arrange a more child friendly menu.

Facilities

There is a salt-water pool, perfect for a refreshing drip, the stables are full of horses for guests to ride out and explore the Lewa Downs Wildlife Sanctuary.

Activities

The activities from Lewa House include day and night game drives, bush walks with a professional tracker, horse rides, camel rides, game hides, hiking/jogging with a Maasai warrior, visiting Lewa's ancient archaeological site and visits to a Maasai cultural boma.

If the pilot is there, Will Craig from neighboring Lewa Wilderness, then make sure you take a ride in his yellow b-plane, the Waco. Another incredible experience in this amazing area is to take a helicopter flight up to the slopes of Mount Kenya, have a picnic and spend a morning fishing. Not bad!

Reviews

5

Hannah Dawson (Staff)

The ethos at Lewa House is to encourage people to be at home because this is their home.' From the self-service bar, to the cosy living room complete with a fireplace and beautiful garden, it is a fantastic spot for safari. Both the cottages and earth pods provide ample space and lovely verandas. The water hole nearby offers a great opportunity to spot elephants and other animals. Lewa Conservancy has so much to offer, from game drives, rainforest walks and riding safaris to local village visits and cave painting. This safari oasis is sure to suit everyone.

5

Sian Frost (Staff)

A home away from home in the fantastic Big 5 Lewa Conservancy. This property boasts 3 Family Cottages and 4 Earth Pods, which look reminiscent of hobbit town, overlooking the plains and hills of Lewa. The activities on offer here are vast and staying for even 3 nights would make you feel hard done by. Go on scenic flights to the mountains to try your hand at fly fishing, jump of waterfalls, horse ride through the plains, blood hound training for poachers and so much more before you even get to game drives to see the Big 5 and the rare Northern Kenyan species such as Reticulated Giraffe and Grevys Zebra.

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Anna Hearn (Staff)

A wonderful base from which to explore Laikipia, Lewa House is run by Sophie and Callum Macfarlane, who make you feel incredibly welcome from the moment you arrive. With views across to Mount Kenya, Lewa House has several cottages in the garden, and incredible "Earth Pods", totally organic, rounded hobbit style houses, each with an incredible view, and no straight lines at all! Explore the Laikipia area on foot with your expert guide, or take a game drive and venture further. The lodge is unfenced so you often get animals coming through; one breakfast we were shown the scratch marks on a tree where the resident leopard had clawed his way up and used the tree as a lookout. The game here is fantastic, very relaxed, and the guiding excellent.

4

(Press)

With a less-ostentatious atmosphere and a touch more charm, Lewa House has six double rooms, a dedicated staff, and facilities for your use only. Between game drives and bush walks, you can watch weaver birds noisily construct their nests, laze around the pool, or learn about the intricacies of Maasai culture from your personal guide. Accommodations are also stone-wall cottages with heavily sloping thatch roofs, but the decor is a little more in keeping with the bush safari experience.

Offers

21 Year Olds Stay Offer - Lewa House, Kenya

Make incredible savings when traveling as a family. 21 year olds can stay at Lewa House, Kenya at a child stay rate.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Black out dates apply. Conservancy charges still applicable. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.

Book from 10 May 2018 to 31 October 2019
Travel from 10 May 2018 to 30 June 2018
01 September 2018 to 19 December 2018
07 January 2019 to 31 October 2019
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Complimentary Private Vehicle for Families - Lewa House, Kenya

Receive complimentary private vehicle usage for your family when you book a combined stay at Lewa House, Cottar's 1920s family tent and Kinondo Kwetu.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Minimum of three nights at each property. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.

Book from 10 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
Travel from 10 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
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Stay 4 for 3 at Lewa House, Kenya

Enjoy complimentary nights at the Lewa House, Kenya. Stay four nights and pay for just three.

Black out dates and terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact one of our Africa specialists to find out more.

Book from 27 December 2017 to 19 December 2020
Travel from 27 December 2017 to 31 January 2018
07 January 2019 to 19 December 2020
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Honeymoon Offer - Lewa House, Kenya

Celebrate your wedding and honeymoon with 50% off one partner's accommodation when you book a stay at Lewa House, Kenya in the year you are married.

Must travel in the same year as the wedding and proof may be required.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact one of our Africa specialist for more information.

Book from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
Travel from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
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Safari Circuit Offer, East Africa

Save 10% on a Bush and Beyond stay where at least three nights are spent at three or more Bush and Beyond destinations.

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.

Book from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
Travel from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
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Waived Single Supplements - Lewa House, Kenya

Benefit from waived single supplement costs when you book a stay for one at Lewa House, Kenya over certain dates in 2018 and 2019.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Black out dates apply. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.

Book from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
Travel from 11 May 2018 to 31 December 2019
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Experiences

  • Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya

    If you want to try something really different during your vacation then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.

  • Game Drives in Lewa Downs

    Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.

  • Riding in Northern Kenya

    Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.

  • Scenic flights

    A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.

  • Walking Safaris in Laikipia

    Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.

Vacation Ideas

  • Off the beaten track Kenya

    Meru, Lewa & Laikipia

    from $10400 pp 9 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Lewa House is situated in the northern foothills of Mount Kenya located on the 65,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa House is a magnificent villa built on a hill overlooking the vast plains of Lewa Downs. With horizon views of the Mathews range and the sacred mountain of the Samburu, Ol Lolokwe.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Lewa House or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

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