Fodor's Expert Review Lewa Wilderness

Laikipia Plateau, Laikipia, Kenya Fodor's Choice

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is another one of Laikipia's conservation successes—there's an excellent chance of spotting both black and white rhino, the Grevy's zebra, the more elegant cousin of the regular plains zebra, and the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope. The Craig family emigrated from England in 1924 and still lives on the same 65,000-acre property, but instead of raising cattle, with the cooperation of the local communities, they have returned the area to a wildlife haven. Try game-spotting from a different angle—on top of a camel or from the back of a horse, on your own two feet, or ride in the family's incredible retro-style biplane. The 10 cottages are attractively furnished with a big wooden bed, hand-carved chests, and comfy chairs, and some have bathtubs as well as a lounge area with fireplace. If you need to cool off, take a dip in the lovely pool or work out in the gym or tennis court. The food is wholesome and hearty with lots of organically grown herbs, vegetables, and fruit, and meals are taken around a vast communal table.


  • it's ideal for families
  • there's a huge range of activities available
  • all drinks are included from the self-service bar


  • very popular and with many repeat guests, you need to book well in advance
  • it can get a little chilly in the evening
  • at least three nights are needed here to enjoy the experience




Phones: 0796-035–177-reservations


10 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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