Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
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.
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
Head out on horseback to explore the incredible scenery, it is breathtaking!Camilla Whitworth
Make sure you head out on foot to see the Lewa from a totally different perspectiveAnna Hearn
The swimming pool is wonderfully refreshing in the heat of the day; and is surrounded by a scented thyme lawnAnna Hearn
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.Kelly Connor
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When to go
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.