Located at the centre of the renowned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa House is set on top of a hill with views of Mount Kenya to the south and the sacred mountain of Ol Olokwe to the north. Owner-operated with only 10 rooms, Lewa House is an intimate lodge with an array of engaging activities, perfect for the seasoned safari connoisseur or first time safari goers.
The heart of Lewa House is a large elegant building with a sitting room and open fireplace at one end, while at the other end is a large family dining table where the evening meals are served, hosted by Calum and Sophie Macfarlane. Beautiful shaded gardens surround the house and breakfast is often served alfresco on the lawn. Lewa House also has a large heated swimming pool, overlooking a waterhole, which provides some fantastic wildlife viewing!
There are two styles of accommodation at Lewa House; Family Cottages and Earthpods, which are built along the hillside, all facing the expanse of wilderness to the north. The three family cottages form part of the original farmhouse, each comprising of two en-suite rooms and a large shared veranda, and the four recently added one-bedroom earthpods, are built with sustainable, ecological principles in mind. Their novel architecture is designed to disappear into the landscape, collect and store rainwater and maintain an even temperature. They have a simple, elegant décor that compliments their views over the Northern Frontier of Kenya.
Established as a cattle ranch in 1922 – Lewa has always been managed with wildlife as a top priority. In 1995 the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was formed and in 2013 the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today there is minimal livestock on Lewa and the main focus of the conservancy is wildlife conservation together with community outreach programmes and development. Host to over 14% of Kenya’s Black Rhino population and over 12% of the global population of Grevy’s zebra, Lewa is one of the best places in the country to see both of these iconic animals. Wildlife abounds, with all of the Big Five and herbivores associated with the north of Kenya.
Activities at Lewa House are extensive and range from game drive and bush walks to canopy walks and waterfall swimming in Ndare Ndare Forest. Horse riding and camels treks provide a wonderful way to experience the wilderness, plus there is the opportunity to enjoy an aerial safari, viewing Lewa from a biplane – it doesn’t get much more exciting than this. Those wishing to experience the unique culture of this area are encouraged to visit Il Ngwesi Village, and to learn more about Lewa’s pioneering conservation and community work, a visit to the Wildlife Conservancy headquarters is truly fascinating.