Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya – Africa’s second tallest mountain – is Lewa Wilderness, one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures. Since 1922, the Craig/Douglas family ran Lewa Downs as a cattle ranch encouraging the large number of resident wildlife to co-exist with the ranch cattle. In 1972, they began hosting visitors – the first private ranch in Kenya to do so. In 1990, David and Delia Craig retired and their son, Will and his wife, Emma, took over the running of the lodge.
Lewa Wilderness is today still the family home of Will and Emma Craig where, with the help of their team, they proudly continue to entertain guests and provide a truly unique and personal safari experience. The lodge has just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst the beautiful green lawns. Each room is unique and luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy boasts 62,000 acres of conserved land and the richness of wildlife here is astounding with over 70 different animal species and 350 bird species. By staying at Lewa Wilderness, guests are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and all of the conservation and community development efforts.
Wow, wow, wow!! This was just like an amazing dream! Thank you all so much for the best ever holiday. This was just so unbelievable – exceeded our wildest dreams. Loved every minute of our time here.
This was our first safari and we were a little nervous of the unknown. We could not have ended up at a better first place. The hosts were very welcoming, the chalet was outstanding, the service immaculate and food was fantastic. We enjoyed riding the camels and the horses as well as several game drives and a wonderful night safari.
The wildlife was great to see – we saw all the big 5 here – and the low density of tourists makes the experience more private.