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Seasons

HIGH from 1st January to 4th January
1st July 31st October
20th December 31st December
MID from 5th January to 2nd April
1st June 30th June
1st November 19th December
GREEN from 3rd April to 31st May

Accommodation Rates

SEASON MEAL PLAN PER PERSON SHARING SINGLE ROOM
HIGH Game Package $614 $921
  Full Board $458 $687
MID Game Package $510 $765
  Full Board $333 $500
GREEN Game Package $395 $593
  Full Board $239 $359

Family Tent

A Family Tent, sleeping up to 4 adults, with a private verandah/sitting area. Rate per night for the Family Tent occupied by 4 guests
SEASON GAME PACKAGE FULL BOARD PACKAGE
HIGH $2240 $1800
MID $1860 $1400
GREEN $1442 $990

Additional Info: Lewa Concervancy has strict policies on the vehicles allowed onto the conservancy. Please contact contact LWC or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before making a booking.

thumbs upExceptional Special Offers.


Book 6 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 10% circuit reduction.

Book 9 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 15% circuit reduction.

Book 12 nights or more.. at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 20% circuit reduction.

In order to guarantee the circuit discount, the payment will have to be done in full at the time of the reservation.

Children's Accommodation Rates

Infant under 3 years of age Free of charge
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 2 adults
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 1 adult 75%
Children below 18 yrs occupying own room (minimum 2, maximum 3)

Activities & Enhancements

ACTIVITY PER PERSON RATE
Extra Lunch $40
Picnic Lunch $25
Visit to ll Ngwesi cultural boma (minimum 2 guests) $45
Guided visits to Ngare Ndare forest (minimum 2 guests) $45
Horse & camel riding per ride - arranged at the camp $60
Exclusive Use of Game-Drive Vehicle (per vehicle per day) $400
For more details on these activities, please visit the 'Activities Section'

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.

In February 2013, the worldwide population of black rhino was estimated to be 4,880, a sharp fall from 30 or 50 years ago. Today, the black rhino, which once ranged the sub-Saharan Africa in plentiful quantities, is classified as a critically endangered species. The entire black rhino population is limited to the area between Cameroon in the west and Kenya in the east. Some black rhinos still roam as far south as South Africa, although these are few.

Apart from the animal’s size, the black rhino is also distinguished by a hooked lip used to feed off trees. This giant beast enjoys legumes, woody twigs and various varieties of plants. Mineral licks are especially inviting and the black rhino enjoys a healthy dose of water every day. Black rhinoceros prefers to eat at night and sleep during the day.

Like its cousin, the white rhino, the black rhino is actually gray but is easily distinguished by its pointed upper lip whereas the white rhino has squared lips. These enchanting animals like to be near water. One of their favourite pastimes is wallowing in muddy water which helps manage the heat, their body temperature and provides a good line of defence against insects.

The sheer size of the mammal is enthralling. With heights reaching 6 feet or 1.8 metres and weights up to 1400 kg, the black rhino is a sight to behold. The animal’s distinctive and valuable horns is the feature that unfortunately today’s poachers treasure. The horns are regarded by several cultures as highly medicinal. Hunters kill the animals and pull the horns, leaving the carcass while they ship the horns to countries such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. In the Middle East and in North Africa, the horns have also been used to shape ornamental dagger handles.

The results have been catastrophic. Despite high penalties and the risk of time in prison, poachers continue their assault on black rhinos.

Breeding Periods

Male black rhinoceros are solitary by nature. Females and their offspring tend to be more social. Males can be aggressive during mating period, often fighting and killing other suitors. Despite their seemingly calm demeanour, these are powerful and strong animals.

Typically the female reproduces once every three to five years. The gestation period of the female black rhino is between 419 and 478 days.

Calves are slow to mature. Calves begin to wean at about 2 months. Most calves stay with the mother for three years or more. Very often female black rhinos and their females calves group with other females and their calves. The mother is more likely to stay with a female calf for longer periods of time than she is with the male calf. The male father may offer some early protection but soon departs to pursue other interests.

Black rhino calves reach their full sexual maturity in 4-5 years but rarely give birth before age 7. The male rhino waits until about age 10 or older to claim a territory and select a mate. The male of the species typically lives 40-50 years.

Lewa Main Airstrip is a 1hr flight from Wilson Airport, and a 40 minute drive from camp

  • Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight departing Nairobi Wilson
  • Once daily scheduled Safarilink flight departing Nairobi Wilson
  • Private Charters from anywhere
  • >Note – Lewa Conservancy has very strict vehicle rules
    and only authorised vehicles are allowed within the Conservancy. Visitors arriving by road have to be collected from the Conservancy headquarters
  • Road transfer in Elewana vehicle to/from any of Elewana’s other Northern properties or Nanyuki (travel times between 2 and 5 hours)

Tents

  • 11 ensuite safari tents, all of which can be laid out as doubles or twins. Three of the tents can accommodate triples for children under 16 only.
  • Each thatch-covered tent consists of a main bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a spacious verandah. Let us know if you require twin beds or a double bed.
  • 2 Family Tent suites – each family suite consists of two ensuite safari tents (one double, one twin) with a shared verandah

Family Suites

Lewa Safari Camp’s two new Family Tents are the ideal accommodation for families with children. Under a thatched roof, the spacious canvas tents each comprise of an en-suite master bedroom and an en-suite twin room, which are joined together by a private veranda/sitting area with stunning views over the Lewa plains. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets and hot water showers. 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.

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.

Climate

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.

Lewa Safari Camp Guides

The Lewa Safari Camp guides are based in camp within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and are some of the best guides in the country. Most are from neighbouring communities and have been guiding within the Conservancy for many years, some for over 15 years, they know the botany of the area, palaeontology history of the Lewa, as well as an intimate knowledge of the rhinos, cheetah and lion families. The guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified, and they also receive training directly from the Conservancy to the “Lewa Standard”.  The walking guides are trained armed rangers from the Conservancy.

Activities

Sprawling over the rolling plains north of Mt Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a prolific wildlife conservancy that is popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers. Lewa found recent media attention with stories of a Royal romance and the fairytale engagement that followed.

Visitors to Lewa are privy to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer: lion, leopard and jackal thrive on the rich diversity of prey that inhabits the area. The Wildlife Conservancy is home to the largest concentration of Grevy’s zebra in the world, and its range of habitats attracts diverse birdlife and hosts over 130 Black and White rhino.

Featuring large tented bedrooms with verandahs and full en-suite bathrooms, Lewa Safari camp offers authentic comfort for its visitors; cozy log fires in the sitting 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.

Underpinning the glamorous magnetism of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a serious mission: a pioneering and pragmatic approach to conservation, founded in the 1970’s, that has developed into a thriving and globally recognised rhino conservation habitat.

Lewa Safari Camp is the only tourist facility within the Conservancy that is owned by the Conservancy. Profits and conservancy fees generated by the camp are reinvested directly into the conservation and community efforts of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.