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The Camp

Lewa Safari Camp was originally built as the rhino manager’s house in the 1980s. A separate cottage bedroom was added when he got married! (The current main lounge and dining room is the original house, and the current Spa is in the cottage). At that time the rhino sanctuary was only 5000 acres, in the area surrounding the camp, and supported by conservationist Ana Mertz.

As the success of the rhino breeding and protection program grew, and eventually the whole property became a rhino conservancy, so rhino management and protection was moved to the Conservancy Head Offices; and the house was turned into “Lewa Safari Camp” in the mid 1990s. Client tents were added, and the lodge was managed by the Conservancy until they put it out to tender in 2009; when management was awarded to Cheli & Peacock.

The lodge has since undergone extensive renovation, under the direction of Stefano Cheli, so that camp operations are ecologically responsible as befits the ethos of the Conservancy, to ensure the camp is economically viable, and to upgrade all aspects of client experience.  It is now the Conservancy’s flagship – very comfortable, with excellent food and elegant surroundings to match the views and unsurpassed gameviewing of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.


The days are warm, rising to maximum of 30 deg C, but comfortable with minimum humidity, and the evenings are cool with cosy blankets on the beds. Rainfall is mostly in May and November with an average of 360mm per year.

The Conservancy

The conservancy covers 65,000 acres, a vast wilderness. Lewa has dramatic views to the south of snow capped Mt. Kenya, and to the north down to the arid lands of Tassia and Il Ngwesi. It has many diverse habitats from pristine forest, fertile grasslands, extensive springs and acacia woodland.

Registered as a rhino conservancy in 1983, the conservancy is famous for its successful rhino and Grevy zebra breeding, two endangered species; Lewa is home to 10% of Kenya’s rhino, and 20% of the worlds population of Grevy zebra. The whole conservancy is fenced, and the conservancy employs over 150 rangers. The conservancy does extensive outreach work into the surrounding communities with its Community Development Program, including healthcare, education, micro-finance, and water projects – in order to share with the community the benefits of wildlife.

With over 70 recorded mammal species within the conservancy, for guests, the wildlife experience is unrivalled.



Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was previously a cattle ranch owned by David and Delia Craig, who together with Ana Mertz and Peter Jenkins, initially set aside 5,000 acres to protect and breed rhinos, whose population had dropped precipitously from 20,000 to less than 300 in the 1970′s.

Africa’s Endangered Black Rhinos

Africa’s Endangered Black Rhinos

One of the most intriguing animals on the planet is the black rhinoceros. This distinctive mammal can reach weights of 1400 kg and prefers a solitary existence. The black rhinoceros is in jeopardy of extinction and would certainly have fared much better had hunters and poachers not pursued them for many years.