Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Also known as Lewa Downs) is set in Northern Kenya on the foothills of Mount Kenya.
It serves as a model and a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and is achieved through the management and protection of species. Lewa conservancy also supports community conservation programmes and educating the neighboring communities on the value of wildlife.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Attractions
Why is Lewa Conservancy Popular? Here is why.
It holds 12% of Kenya’s Eastern Black Rhino and the world’s largest single population of Grevy’s Zebra.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Animals/Wildlife
Lewa Conservancy provides a safe refuge for the rare and endangered Black Rhino and the Grevy’s Zebra. It also provides a home to the Elephant, Buffalo, Cheetah, White Rhino, Giraffe, Lion, and the Wild Dog.
A wide variety of birds can also be found here-over 400 species of birds on record.
Lewa Conservancy Wildlife Projects/Programs
They do this through the management and protection of species especially the Black Rhino and the Grevy’s Zebra.
Education and Development
This conservancy promotes and supports the education of the neighboring communities to ensure they value and protect wildlife. This in turn benefits the local communities through proceeds tourism and a balanced ecosystem.
Through funds collected, Lewa conservancy supports and promotes education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, and youth empowerment thus promoting livelihoods of its neighbors.
Through the application of anti-poaching operations and engagement with the local communities, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy plays a critical role in ensuring poaching is neutralized.
Things to do in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa Conservancy joins the Borana landscape to give you an amazing safari experience that you will definitely enjoy.
- Game viewing-Lion, Elephant, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Zebra Buffalo, Giraffe, Cheetah, and Wild Dogs
- Bird watching-Over 400 species of birds are found here
- Nature walks/walking safaris-you will enjoy the scenery of this part of the world
- Cultural Visits-to Maasai Villages in the neighborhood.
Climate and Weather
This part of the world is hot and dry. Nights are cool.
You can visit all year round
What to expect on this visit
They offer game drives, bird watching and nature walks. Games drives are available day and night plus there is sundowner.
What to wear
As for wearing, given the climate of this part of the world, wear light cloth, hat, sunscreen and carry drinking water during the day safari.
As for the night, you need to wear warm clothes for the sundowner and night game drives.
What to Carry
Don’t forget to carry a camera and binoculars to capture the moments
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Charges/Rates
Lewa Conservancy Charges are as follows;
Hotel and Lodges/tented Camps (KES/USD): KES 1,500-KES60,000 ($15-$600)
Camping (KES/ USD): 2,000 ($20)
Wildlife Drives-Shared/independent per day (KES/USD): KES 2,000-KES10,000 ($20-$100)
Travel by Public Means (KES/USD): From KES 500 ($5)
How to get there
By Air-There are direct flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lewa Conservancy offered by SafariLink or Air Kenya. Lewa Airstrip also allows private or chartered planes to land and deliver travelers.
By Road-You can use Thika Road to Karatina. Then from Karatina, head to Tiamu through Nanyuki and head as if going to Isiolo. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is close to the Meru-Isiolo junction about 3 km away.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Hotels and Lodges
They have numerous lodges and tents with different rates offering budget to luxury accommodation. They include;
- Borana Lodge
- Elewana Kifaru House
- Elewana Lewa Safari Camp
- Lewa Wilderness
- Laragai House
- Lewa House
- Sirikoi Lodge
- Sirai House
Let’s promote Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for the betterment of the local communities.
Happy wildlife visit!