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 lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience.
Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s major private conservation successes as it is one of very few ranches in the world where guests can see a remarkable variety of wildlife, including many endangered animals such as both black and white Rhino species, Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga. Situated in the central highlands just North of Mount Kenya in the Laikipia Valle, the camp is made up of very comfortable stone and thatched cottages, set in an area of beautiful countryside and offers a magical combination of thoughtful hospitality and unforgettable scenery.
The lodge has nine exclusive rooms: six thatched cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, and three thatched garden cottages set in the beautiful green lawns. Each cottage is tastefully decorated with some of the Craig’s own antique and handmade furniture, giving each rustic charm and the character of a ranch homestead.
The advantage of being located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is that guests are surrounded by rich game viewing opportunities without the crowds. A testimony to the wonderful work the Conservancy are doing in the area is the ‘elephant corridoor’ built for the elephants to migrate all the way up to Ethiopia, which after a few years the elephants decided to no longer take, instead staying at Lewa. Another impressive and admirable project is the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary – an elephant orpahanage set up in 1986. There is a very good 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. 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.
The variety of activities available here are second to none – as well as the option of day and night game drives and guided walks, guests can choose to explore this beautiful area on horseback or, more uniquely, camel. There is also the chance to enjoy some fly fishing or simply choose to relax in camp and laze by the pool for the day.