For those who want their safaris to make a real difference, Lewa Conservancy is just the place!
About Lewa Conservancy
Dubbed Kenya’s golden child, Lewa is quite literally a slice of heaven on earth. Gold and yellow grasslands, endless skies and the peak of Mount Kenya looming make for a stunning backdrop. What began in Northern Kenya in the 1990’s as a protected sanctuary on 65,000 acres of African highlands for the endangered zebra, black and white rhino and elephant has quickly become a leader in global conservation efforts. Now a UNESCO World heritage Site, Lewa is conservation focused safaris and responsible tourism at its finest.
If you are considering a safari or a service trip in 2024 or a bit of both, Lewa is an absolute must-do. Boasting five lodges from family friendly to exclusive luxury, there is literally something for everyone. A quick 45 minute flight in a small engine plane from Nairobi lands at Lewa Downs where you will be met in a safari jeep by local Masai for your short (10 min) drive to the conservancy. Once on property you quickly realize you have landed somewhere unworldly and very special.
Lewa has a down-to-earth vibe of total authenticity rather than the disconnected sanitized safari experience. You will experience immersive safari’s where you will see virtually no one for hours while taking in every animal imaginable including the Big 5! Lewa offers a plethora of activities from traditional game drives in safari jeeps to multi day walking and horseback safaris. In between it all they encourage and organize visits to local Masai communities, the 24 surrounding schools that Lewa Education Program supports, and of course visit the conservancy headquarters to learn about Lewa’s conservation efforts.
Here are the options while at Lewa Conservancy:
This is a mobile safari designed to allow people to get a more intimate and natural experience of the wildlife and environment of this part of Kenya. Camels are used to carry the luggage and tents are pitched each night as accommodation. All fitness levels welcome and an excellent family adventure!
Safari on Horseback
Each saddle safari is tailor made. You can opt for a lodge based safari or fly camp on the way. Allow your horse to take you confidently alongside the plains game including rhino, zebra, impala, and giraffe for unforgettable wildlife encounters. Every riding level welcome!
Private scenic flights
From the Lewa Wilderness airstrip Lewa offers a selection of scenic flights in a Cessna 206, Cessna 210 and Waco Bi-plane. Each flight is totally unique and individually magical, giving you the best options to experience the wonderful landscape around the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
School and community visits
The Lewa Education Programme works to provide access to quality education that improves people’s access to economic opportunities. We hope it also creates a new generation of environmental stewards. Concretely, Lewa augments its programs in conservation education and student scholarships with innovative school programs that facilitate holistic learning and development.
Traditional game drives
Traditional safari jeeps are fully loaded with warm blankets in the morning and cold sun-downers in the evening. Safari guests will not be disappointed with the intense concentration of wildlife, from the endangered Black Rhinoceros to the rare Grevy’s Zebra and the prolific Impala.A visit to Lewa Conservancy is the perfect addition to your safari and a MUST- DO if visiting Kenya.
BenefacTours can arrange a Lewa visit as part of your Kenyan adventure or all on its own. Contact us for 2024 pricing and availability.
Written by Jennifer Stodt