Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp is within the world-famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, sprawling over the rolling plains north of Mount Kenya. This is a prolific wildlife conservancy that is popular with celebrities, royals, conservationists, writers and photographers.

Visitors to Lewa are privy to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer. It is home to the largest concentration of Grevy’s zebra in the world. And its range of habitats attracts diverse bird life and protects over 200 Black and White rhino. In addition, lion, leopard and jackal thrive on the rich diversity of prey that inhabits the area. It is in the Meru County.

The central areas have vibrant gardens filled with birds, a sunny veranda and swimming pool to enjoy during the day. Cozy log fires in the lounge and dining room are perfect for relaxing after a day in the Conservancy. This unique and exclusive retreat offers privileged access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness.

There is Wi-Fi internet throughout the camp and massage treatments are available.

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Massage

When you visit Lewa Safari Camp, you contribute to helping thousands of people from different backgrounds and cultures to improve their lives. And give their children a future, while at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.

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Elewana Lewa Safari Camp Accommodation

Luxury Safari Tents (average 27m2)

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp offers 11 x authentic comfort for its visitors. Each safari tent has a thatched roof, and spacious veranda. Very much in the ‘Lewa’ style. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets and hot water showers. The bedrooms can be laid out as doubles or twins. Three of the tents can accommodate triples for children under 16 only.

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Tent Interior
Luxury accommodation in Lewa Conservancy
Triple Tent

Luxury Family Tents (64m2 & 66m2)

Lewa Safari Camp’s two Family Tents are the ideal accommodation for families with children. The spacious canvas tents each comprise of an en-suite master bedroom and an en-suite twin room. Joined together by a private veranda / sitting area with stunning views over the Lewa plains.

An extra bed for a third child under 16 years can be accommodated in one of the Family Tents to accommodate a family of 5.

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Family Tent consists of 2 x tents
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Families are welcome at Lewa Safari Camp.

Some of the activities for children are:
Swimming pool
Guided camp “bush” walk – short walk looking at the trees, flowers, grasses, insects, birds and bird calls, mammals, tracks and droppings
Visit to Lewa HQ to see the sniffer dogs
School visit – normal term times and extra cost
Horse riding for older experienced riders
Camel riding for older children
Children’s menu

Child Policy

Children under the age of 12 year sharing with an adultChild(ren) free of charge plus adult single rate
Children aged 12-17 years in their own room (2 minimum)75% of the adult sharing rate
Child(ren) aged 12-17 years sharing with 1 adult50% of the adult sharing rate for the child , adult per person sharing rate
Child aged 12-17 sharing with 2 adults Triple rate applies

*Child aged 12-17 sharing with 2 adults Family room rate to apply at Star beds
*Child policy applies in all the Elewana properties except Kilindi where there are no children allowed.
For the activities the child rates start from 3 to 17 year old.

About Lewa Conservancy

Spanning 251 km2 (65 000 acres), the world famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy supports over 440 bird species and more than 70 different mammals which roam the open grasslands at the foot of Mt Kenya. Its incredibly successful rhino conservation program has not only restored local numbers, but also has enabled black rhino relocation and reintroduction in regions where they had long been absent. The conservancy currently holds over 10% of Kenya’s black and 15% of Kenya’s white rhino population. As well as the largest single population of the critically endangered Grevy’s zebra in the world. With corridors open to the north, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and giraffe, to name but a few species, move freely in and out of this protected area and on wards to the greater Laikipia ecosystem.

Underpinning the glamorous magnetism of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a serious mission. It is a pioneering and pragmatic approach to conservation. That has developed into a thriving and globally recognized rhino conservation habitat.

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White rhino
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Conservation

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was previously a cattle ranch owned by David and Delia Craig. Together with Ana Mertz and Peter Jenkins, they initially set aside 5,000 acres to protect and breed rhinos. The rhino population had dropped precipitously from 20,000 to less than 300 in the 1970′s. Within a decade, the success of the project drove demand for more space. Therefore, in 1995, the Craigs decided to dedicate their entire ranch to the conservation of wildlife.

Lewa has served as a catalyst for conservation across the region. Stimulating the creation of numerous conservancies, both private and community-owned. And increasing the amount of land under conservation management in northern Kenya to over almost 2 million acres since the mid-1990s.

Anti-Poaching Team

Lewa Conservancy and The Northern Rangelands Trust have a dedicated Anti-Poaching team using tracker dogs. These continue to prove invaluable to anti-poaching and community security work. Their extraordinary ability to read terrain and track scents has enabled the rangers and local law enforcement agencies to do what was previously incredibly difficult.

Sustainable tourism

Lewa Safari Camp has undergone major refurbishments. Many of the improvements have been “behind the scenes” to make the camp environmentally friendly and a safe and comfortable place to work. Improvements include solar water heating, new small efficient power generators, environmental waste disposal and recycling. As well as staff housing, kitchen and recreation rooms.

Lewa Safari Camp has been awarded its first “Gold Level” by Ecotourism Kenya. A great acknowledgement of the progress of upgrading all the back of house systems to make the camp as environmentally responsible as possible. As befits the Conservancy ethos.

Community

Through the facilitation of community conservation and development, protection of endangered species and education of neighboring areas about the value of wildlife, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has become Africa’s leading model for conservation and low impact tourism.

Managed by Elewana, Lewa Safari Camp is owned by the Conservancy itself. With the aim of boosting the conservancy’s revenue through camp occupancy. Therefore, when you visit Lewa Safari Camp, you inherently contribute to development support for thousands of people in the surrounding communities at the same time as securing a stable habitat for Kenya’s wildlife.

The essence of the community programs is to reduce human-wildlife conflict. And increase the socioeconomic benefits local communities derive from wildlife and tourism. Lewa assists these communities with education and health-care support, water and agricultural projects. As well as a women’s micro-credit program, reaching over 800 members.

Get Involved

Over and above the funding generated for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy projects, Elewana are specifically encouraging additional donor support for the Lewa Education Program. This supports 12 schools in the surrounding communities:
Providing classrooms, kitchens, teachers’ housing,
A feeding program reaching over 4,000 children,
Bursaries for over 500 students,
Assistance to 60 orphans,
Adult literacy catering for 300 people
Conservation education running three times a week, open to students all over Kenya.

If you would like to visit one of the schools during your safari, a minimum $50 donation for the Lewa Education Program will be applicable per person. Please note that the Lewa Education Program allocates all donations received according to current priorities as identified by them. Contact us for more information.

If you would like to learn more about the Conservation work that Lewa Wildllife Conservancy does, a minimum $50 donation will be applicable per person to visit ongoing work. Participation depends on availability of conservancy personnel etc, but could include visiting the tracker dogs in their training, or a general discussion about the conservation work from those involved. Contact us for more information.

If you are considering bringing donations from abroad, visit the Pack for a Purpose website for very specific advice on what is needed. Please do note that when flying within Kenya, the internal flight weight restriction is 15kg and may therefore limit what you can carry with you to the camps and donate to the rural communities in person. We can always, however, donate anything over and above your weight limit on your behalf at a later date.

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp Activities

All Lewa Safari Camp guides have been certified Bronze or Silver level by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, and they are all passionate about their land and the wildlife that they share it with. As well as the botany, paleontology and history of Lewa, they also have an intimate knowledge of the individual rhino, cheetah and lion families that have made the Conservancy their home range.

Birding safari
Birding safari
Activities

Game Drives

A safari from Lewa Safari Camp is one of the most spectacular in Kenya. There are strict limits on the number of tourists allowed in the Conservancy at one time. Therefore, with the whole of the eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, guests can enjoy an almost private game viewing experience. Although a vast area, the Conservancy is fenced, specifically to protect the rhino.

With plentiful rhino, elephant, the Big 5, the rare Grevy’s zebra and resident predators. To a backdrop of beautiful views of snow-capped Mt. Kenya.

Within the protected area the wildlife is abundant and includes the Big 5. This is elephant, black rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo. It is also home to the rare Grevy’s zebra and cheetah. And all the plains game set against the magnificent backdrop of the snow-capped Mt. Kenya. Safaris are outstanding.

Lewa Safari Camp uses 4×4 open-sided game viewing vehicles. They are custom-designed for comfort, optimum game viewing and photography. With open sides, the three rows of seats have camera stands and charging sockets.

Game drives are shared by guests of Lewa Safari Camp. Exclusive use of a game drive vehicle can be arranged at an extra charge.

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Wildlife is abundant in Lewa Conservancy
Safari sun downer stop at Lewa Safari Camp
Safari sun downer stop

Guided Bush Walks

For the more adventurous, exploring the Conservancy’s diversity on foot is also an option.

Accompanied by trained Samburu rangers with a sweeping knowledge of the local flora and fauna, tracks, micro-ecosystems, history and culture of the area, as well as hands-on knowledge of rhino conservation, a bush walk from Lewa Safari Camp is an informative as well as an exhilarating experience.

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Rhino on bush walk

Ngare Ndare Forest Walk

Another walking option is to visit Ngare Ndare forest conservancy. This is a community conservancy to the south of Lewa. There is a canopy walk, and a river to play in. There are usually elephants in the forest, so you will be escorted by the Lewa walking guide. This is a full day out from camp with a picnic.

There is an extra cost to visit Ngare Ndare Forest only to cover the separate Conservation Fee.

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Ngare Ndare Forest

Horse Riding

Lewa Safari Camp offers evening horse rides. You can get very close to plains game as they see you as one of their own! Horse riding is for experienced riders only. Although it is a gentle walk on very well behaved horses, you are in the wild. And therefore, need to be able to bring a situation under control when horses are spooked. Horse riding is subject to availability and there is an additional charge.

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Horse Riding

Electric bikes

With the ease of an e-bike, visitors can venture out into the rugged terrain of Lewa. Feel the exhilaration of conquering the hilly landscape. E-bikes are as easy as riding a bicycle. Guests will be escorted by an Elewana guide and a ranger who will navigate the terrain to some of Lewa’s most scenic vantage points. Making stops amongst points of interest and ensuring everyone stays on track and enjoys the surrounding wildlife. The routing and duration are tailored to guests’ schedules. A scrumptious bush breakfast or evening sundowner is often included. The activity can be booked directly at the camp.

Camel Riding

Lewa Safari Camp also offers evening camel rides. Although less elegant than horse riding, it is suitable for those without riding skills. The camels are led by Samburu handlers and it is picturesque experience. Camel riding is subject to availability and there is an additional charge.

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Camel Trekking

Cultural Village Visits

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy borders the Samburu communities of Tassia and Il Ngwesi in the arid lowlands of the north. Many of the Conservancy and Lodge staff are recruited from this area. The conservancy does extensive outreach work into the surrounding communities with its Community Development Program. This includes healthcare, education, micro-finance, and water projects. This is in order to share with the community the benefits of wildlife.

Lewa Safari Camp offers visits to neighboring local Samburu homesteads (manyattas). For an additional fee the Samburu families will be delighted to show you round their traditional homes, built by the women from cattle dung and grass, and share their way of life with you and sell their traditional handicrafts.

Conservancy Visits

For a small donation to the Lewa Education Program guests can visit the local schools during term time. They can also have a tour of the Conservancy offices and participate in Conservation work such as the training of the anti-poaching tracker dogs.

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Visit a local school

Getting to Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Main Airstrip is a 45 minute flight from Wilson Airport, and a 15 minute drive from camp.
There are daily scheduled flights departing Nairobi Wilson
We can arrange road transfers or private air charters to/from any areas in Kenya.

Best time to visit

The Lewa region offers great safaris all year. The best time to travel is between July to September. December to February are also a good time to visit. This is when there isn’t that much rain. The wet months are April, May & November. This can cause problems as some roads are inaccessible.

Days are usually warm with no to little humidity. The evenings and early mornings can get chilly. Low populated environments at altitudes higher than 4,000ft, including Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, can be considered malaria free. All beds have mosquito nets.

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp Accommodation Rates

Lewa Safari Camp offers either full board or ‘game package’ rates.

Full board rates include accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, teas, coffees and refreshments (on the property), and laundry services.

Game package rates includes the full board package, plus:
Accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, teas, coffees and refreshments (on the property), and laundry services. Scheduled and shared game drives, guided walking safari, Ngare Ndare Forest Visit, sun downers, bush breakfast, and transfers to and from designated airstrips are included as well.

Both rates exclude champagne, private cellar wines and premium spirits.

2024 Lewa Safari Camp Full Board Rates

Per person sharingSingleTripleFamily Tent
High Season:
1st July to 31st October and 20th December 2024 to 3rd January 2025
$587$881$1,319$2,305
Mid Season:
4th January to 31st March, 1st to 30th June and 1st November to 19th December
$371$557$835$1,558
Green Season:
1st April to 31st May
$259$388$582$1,071

2024 Lewa Safari Camp Game Package Rates

Per person sharingSingleTripleFamily Tent
High Season:
1st July to 31st October and 20th December 2024 to 3rd January 2025
$787$1,081$1,769$2,905
Mid Season:
4th January to 31st March, 1st to 30th June and 1st November to 19th December
$571$757$1,285$2,158
Green Season:
1st April to 31st May
$459$588$1,032$1,671

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp Accommodation Special Offers

Offers cannot be combined unless specified.

Elewana Circuit Discount

Lewa Safari Camp is part of the Elewana Collection. A collection of luxury boutique lodges, camps and hotels in iconic locations across Kenya and Tanzania. Stay longer at any combination of these properties and get great discounts in 2024:
6+ nights: 10%
9+ nights: 15%
12+ nights: 20%

Valid in mid and low season at Arusha Coffee Lodge until 31st May 2024* but all year at all other Elewana properties.

*1st November 2023 until 19th December 2023 and 4th January to 31st May 2024.

The Circuit Discount Offer is valid at:
Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Kilindi Zanzibar, (PLUS Arusha Coffee Lodge in mid and low season on the circuit discount) in Tanzania
OR:
Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Star Beds, Loisaba Lodo Springs, Lewa Safari Camp, Kifaru House Lewa, Sand River Mara, Elephant Pepper Camp, Tortilis Camp Amboseli, Elsa’s Kopje or AfroChic, Diani Beach (closed for major refurbishment) in Kenya.

Returning Guests

Get an extra 5% discount when you return to any Elewana property. Plus a 20% discount on Spa treatments*.
*Spa services not available in Masai Mara and Serengeti

Honeymoons

The wilderness, the luxury and the closeness with nature make a safari with Elewana the most romantic of holidays. Watching the crimson sun rise over a landscape unchanged since the beginning of time. Watching the sun sink on the equator at sundown. Driving amongst wild game. Indulging in romantic al fresco dining under the immense African skies drowning in stars. It has to be shared. And who better to share it with than the love of your life?

The beautiful setting at Elewana Lewa Safari Camp is ideal for that very special romantic holiday and we often have special offers and upgrades for honeymooners.

Weddings

The magical, private grounds of Elewana Lewa Safari Camp are perfect for beautiful weddings, blessings and renewal of vows. From small simple ceremonies involving merely a glass of Champagne at the end of a game drive. To elaborate three-day events. Options include legal marriages conducted by the local commissioner or religious minister. Or a Blessing by the chief of the local tribal community.

Whatever your preference, Lewa Safari Camp will create an unforgettable occasion and memories that you can cherish forever.

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