Central & Northern Regions
Lewa Safari Camp

This exclusive retreat offers privileged access to the game-rich Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – little wonder it’s chosen by celebrities and royals on safari.

The camp itself comprises spacious tented bedrooms with homely touches, while the activities range from game drives to cultural visits to local schools and homesteads. This is just the place for those keen to spot the Big Five – the sanctuary spans 65,000 acres and is teeming with wildlife including lions, elephants and endangered black rhinos and Grevy’s zebras.

Facilities & Activities

You won’t be short of things to do during your stay, whether you’re keen to immerse yourself in the African bush or relax back at camp. The game drives are standout, offering opportunities to spot the Big Five against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. Guided by local experts with decades of experience, the game-viewing experiences feel almost private thanks to strict limits on tourism numbers within the Conservancy. Expect to see everything from elephants and buffalo to the rare Grevy zebra and black rhino. The 4×4 vehicles feature charging sockets and stands for photographic equipment.

Guided walks offer an up-close experience at a more leisurely pace. They are led by trained wildlife rangers with a wealth of knowledge on rhino conservation, as well as the tracks, botany and micro-ecosystems around you. Al fresco breakfasts in the bush and sundowners can also be arranged – the perfect way to start and end your day.

The camp also offers horse rides (for experienced riders), so you can get even closer to the plains game who see you as one of their own. Those without riding skills – or simply keen to try something different – could choose a camel ride.

To experience more of the local culture, you could visit a local school or Samburu homestead. Samburu families will show you around their homes, which are traditionally made by the women using cattle dung and grass. Other day trips include visiting the lush Ngare Ndare forest to swim in crystal-clear mountain springs and walk along a canopy bridge.

For something more relaxing, the camp has its own pool with bar service. Board games and table tennis are available, and massages can also be arranged.

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Dining

Meals in the main lodge are freshly-prepared, varied and of good quality. The two open fires and candlelit tables provide a cosy atmosphere as the evening chill descends. Bush breakfasts are a highlight – tuck into fresh fruit, eggs, muesli and hot coffee while watching the sun rise over the plains around you. As the sun sinks beneath the horizon, guests can take in the view with a gin and tonic in hand as part of the camp’s sundowner sessions.

Rooms

The 11 thatch-covered tents feature wide open spaces, en-suite bathrooms and verandahs overlooking the sanctuary. You can choose for your tent to be laid out as a double or twin, and 3 of the tents can be made up as triples (for children under 16 years).

The décor is rustic and natural, but with luxurious touches such as wood floors and proper beds with crisp white linen and earthy-coloured cushions. Bathrooms feature double sinks, flushing toilets and hot water showers.

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Family

There are a range of accommodation options for families staying at Lewa Safari Camp. Of the 11 tents, 3 can be made up as triple rooms for children aged under 16 years. There are also 2Family Tent suites suitable for a family of 4 – they consist of 2 safari tents (one double and one twin) with a shared verandah and two en-suite bathrooms. An extra bed for a third child under 16 years old can be added to accommodate a family of 5.

Sustainability

With its location inside the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, sustainability and conservation are at the heart of the camp. This is the only tourist facility within the sanctuary that is actually owned by the Conservancy, with profits being reinvested directly into conservation and community efforts. The Conservancy is known for its successful breeding of two endangered species – rhino and Grevy zebra – and is considered a model of an integrated approach where people and wildlife benefit equally from conservation. Owned and run by Kenyans, Lewa also invests in the livelihoods of its neighbours through programmes including education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise and youth empowerment.

Location

Lewa Safari Camp is located within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a vibrant nature sanctuary in northern Kenya.

The easiest way to reach the camp is by plane – Air Kenya and Safarilink fly daily from Nairobi to Lewa Main Airstrip, which is a 40-minute drive from camp. It’s worth noting that only authorised vehicles are allowed within the Conservancy and visitors arriving by road must be collected from the Conservancy headquarters.

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