Embark on a Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Safari in Kenya
Also known as Lewa Downs, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a 62,000-acre wildlife sanctuary where elephants, zebras, cheetahs, jackals, giraffe, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhinoceros roam at liberty. Boasting the world’s largest Grevy zebra population, the Downs are also home to around 12 percent of Kenya’s endangered eastern black rhinoceros population making it one a must see for our best safari adventures.
Located in the sprawling hills of Meru County, south of Mount Kenya, Lewa Downs encompasses mountains, open grasslands, swamps, valleys, and Kenya’s famous Ngare Ndare Forest. In 2013, Lewa became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a designation that marked its incredible role in protecting the region’s extraordinary species and their varied habitats.
Over the years, this vast heaven-on-Earth has attracted photographers, conservationists, writers, and more than a few celebrities. Prince William is even said to have proposed to his future bride amidst Lewa’s truly breathtaking natural scenery back in 2010.
For animal lovers, Lewa is truly a bucket-list destination. Visitors are privy to some of the world’s most majestic creatures, including the Africa’s Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. But Lewa is also home to other iconic wildlife such as aardvark, bats, primates, antelope and Colobus monkeys.
Birds abound; Lewa is home to more than 400 bird species, among them ostriches, pelicans, herons, flamingoes, storks, vultures, falcons, eagles, parrots, and more. Some of these bird species can’t be seen anywhere else on Earth.
A frontrunner in the sustainable tourism industry, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy offers visitors a number of options for accommodations, with both resorts and safari camp options. However, the Lewa Safari Camp is the only accommodation owned and operated directly by the Conservancy. Visitors to the site help to fund conservation efforts as well as Lewa’s extensive community programs, which include local clinics, youth scholarships, sustainable water management, micro-financing, forestry initiatives, and agricultural development.