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Lewa House, Northern Kenya

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Lewa House boasts a homely atmosphere and a truly breath-taking setting in the heart of the Lewa Downs. Positioned on a hill-crest, the thatched main house, pool house and seven self-contained guest cottages enjoy sweeping, panoramic views over Kenya’s northern frontier. Favoured by Prince William no less, Lewa is part of a 62,000 acre conservancy and World Heritage site with a varied landscape and plentiful game, but without the crowds, ensuring a magical Big 5 safari experience for all ages..

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Kicheche Mara
  • rooms

    Accommodation comprises seven cottages; there are three, two-bedroom ‘family’ cottages which were part of the original Craig home. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower and shared veranda.

    There are four further eco-friendly double or twin bed cottages also known as ‘earth pods’, whose novel architecture is designed to disappear into the landscape, maintain a cool interior and reduce the environmental impact. Three of the four earth pods have outdoor baths under the stars. All feature a generous sized veranda and en-suite bathroom facilities.

  • facilities & activities

    Game-drives with expert guides in open-sided vehicles ensure plentiful prime wildlife sightings, but for a different game-viewing experience Lewa’s walking safaris are famous. Host Calum says, ‘Being on foot opens up the more inaccessible valleys to our north and allows you to feel your true place in the landscape. Together we’ll experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush.’

    Riding safaris are also available, even to less skilled riders, giving guests the opportunity to move ‘invisibly’ amongst the plains game. For the even more intrepid, scenic biplane and helicopter flights to Mount Kenya can be arranged, as well as fly camping experiences. Dog tracking activities and behind-the-scenes access to Lewa conservation efforts are open to visitors too.
    Lewa House offers a good sized swimming pool to lounge by between game-drives. Wi-Fi is available across the property.

     

  • dining

    The spacious dining room is at the heart of Lewa House; there’s storytelling around the dining table and a roaring log fire to keep the mountain chill away. Food is European with inspiration from Kenyan, Indian and Asian cuisine, making use of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

    The mature garden and good sized pool house make perfect settings for lunch al fresco and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff.

  • family

    Hosts Sophie and Calum live at Lewa House with their two small children, so are well tuned to the needs of families. Picnic suppers for kids while parents enjoy sundowners, early meals and child care can all easily be arranged special for you. As well as taking part in activities like dog-tracking and game-drives, kids can catch freshwater crabs or clamber on rocky outcrops to let off steam.

    If you are travelling as a family and want to be close to each other, a thatched, family cottage is perfect. They were built as part of the original house and consist of a double and twin room, each with an en-suite bathroom with shower. Adjoining the two bedrooms is a large veranda where you and your family can sit and enjoy early morning biscuits and coffees before heading out into the Conservancy.

  • location

    Lewa Conservancy is located in the north of Kenya, beyond the foothills of Mount Kenya in the Laikipia Central Highlands. This 62,000 acre, malaria-free Conservancy is a 50-minute flight from Nairobi or 1 hour 45-minute flight from the Masai Mara. It’s a 4-hour drive from Nairobi, or a 1-hour transfer from Nanyuki Air Strip by road.
    Lewa House itself is located in the centre of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

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