Featured Safari Destination by GURU
The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness. This is one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures; which has since become one of the countries prized family safari destinations. Lewa Wilderness is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience.
Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya – Africa’s second tallest mountain, Lewa Wilderness is in a prime location and boasts just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst their beautiful green lawns. All tastefully decorated with some of the Craig’s own antique and handmade furniture, giving rustic charm and the character of a ranch homestead. The garden rooms are perfect for families and also those who do not wish to be too far from the main areas.
Lewa Wilderness lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris offer rich game viewing opportunities without the crowds in the 62,000 acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Visitors have an excellent chance of seeing all of the “Big Five” and Lewa is one of the only game parks where visitors are almost guaranteed to see the endangered black and white rhinos while on safari. Lewa has over 70 different animal species and 350 bird species.
With the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the diversity of scenery from open plains, rolling hills, valleys, escarpments and rivers, Lewa is a magical place to game drive for the ultimate Kenyan safari experience.
If traditional safari, guided walks or camel and horseback safaris don't tick your adventure box, then take to the skies to fly the wilds of Kenya. Will Craig, former crop-dusting pilot takes guests right above the treetops and weaves through gorges to show off the beauty of his homeland. The open cockpit biplane can take two passengers who accompany the pilot on a journey over forests, herds of game, and through ravines that are otherwise virtually inaccessible. This is an experience you can’t find anywhere else in Africa.
“Always leave room for wildlife” – Alec Douglas (Will Craig’s grandfather)
Lewa Wilderness Lodge was started in 1972 and is an integral part of the history of Lewa Downs. It transformed from a farm into a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy that has gained an international reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders.
By staying at Lewa Wilderness, guests are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and all of the conservation and community development efforts.
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Chitabe Lediba is located on the same island as its sister camp, Chitabe. The main area and pool enjoy glorious views over the surrounding floodplains and small lediba (remnant lagoon waterhole), where a variety of game comes to drink during the day. The area, with outstanding wildlife, is explored on guided walks or day and night game drives.
Canvas tented-style rooms are built on raised decks with luxurious and tasteful interiors. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanity basins and indoor and outdoor showers offering spectacular views. There are two family units, one (for older children) with an adjoining front deck and the other (for youngsters) with an adjoining corridor; each family room has its own en-suite facilities.
Ruckomechi Camp rises along the banks of the Zambezi River, gazing out towards Zambia’s evocative escarpment. Its broad-canopied ana trees create glorious shade throughout the camp and are much loved by the elephants for their rich, nutritious seeds.
Activities include vehicle or on foot safari, and boating and canoeing offering a different perspective of the area.
Mana Pools offers the experienced safari goer superb safari experiences and is considered a top photographic destination for elephant and Africa's predators.
Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange’s most ecologically-diverse areas, where a large number of solar driven waterholes attracts game from far and wide, and with one in front of camp, wildlife activity can even be enjoyed from the pool or your breakfast table. Game drives, walks and cultural activities sometimes end at a “pizza stop” at the productive Madison Pan.
Little Makalolo is an intimate and cosy bush camp without the frills and spills, allowing visitors to intimately enjoy the nature and its surrounds.
Nestled in a dappled tree-line, its six tents (including a family unit), are connected to the main area by teak walkways, where a towering false mopane tree shades a separate dining and living area with views of the much-frequented waterhole.