Lewa Wildlife Conservancy falls within the Mount Kenya UNESCO World Heritage Site allocation and boasts 14% of Kenya’s entire rhino population.
It is also sometimes referred to as the Lewa Downs Kenya, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a celebrated conservation story. Formed in 1995, it all started out as a 5,000-acre rhino sanctuary and has since developed into 250km2 of protected land focused on not only the protection of rhinos but other unique wildlife. Lewa conservation doesn’t just mean the wildlife, and expands through to supporting the wider community through critical education programmes. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy falls within the Mount Kenya UNESCO World Heritage Site allocation and boasts 14% of Kenya’s entire rhino population. Visiting this part of Kenya will be hugely rewarding for you and your loved ones as you are immersed in a true conservation success story, and with a number of outstanding Lewa Downs lodges to stay in you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. Activities on offer on the conservancy include big 5 game drives, nature walks, safari horse riding, visits to the rhino sanctuary and involvement in the community-based programmes that thrive here.
Where is Lewa Conservancy located in Kenya?
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in northern Kenya, in the County of Meru. It is north of Mount Kenya but south of Isiolo town. It is also sometimes referred to as the Lewa Downs Kenya.
How big is Lewa National Park?
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy covers 65,000 acres of wilderness. Wildlife thrives here due to the variety of habitats within the space, including typical acacia woodland, pristine forest, expansive grasslands and springs.
How to get to the Lewa Conservancy?
As part of a Tailormade Africa itinerary, we will organise all of your transport up to the Lewa Conservancy so you don’t need to worry about a thing! The most common way to travel to Lewa Kenya as part of a complete Kenyan itinerary is to fly. There are regular light aircraft flights from Nairobi but there are also many connections with other key hubs around the country.
When is the best time to visit the Lewa Conservancy?
As with the country in general, it really depends on what you’d like to experience! Pick up the phone and speak to us and we can guide you on what is best for you and your loved ones, however here’s a little guidance for you. The photography opportunities are absolutely stunning during the ‘green season’ (November for the short rains and late March/April/May for the long rains). That said, some lodges close in April and November when rainwater can limit the quality of the roads. The dry season of June to October is magnificent for finding game, although when the bush is green and a little soggy you can potentially find it easier to bump into cats walking on the roads to avoid muddying their paws!
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