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Lewa Safari Camp

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Lewa Safari Camp


... is located on the Lewa Downs area in the Central Region of Kenya.

On the upside ...

+ large private reserve
+ important and pioneering conservation project
+ very pretty landscapes
+ full range of wildlife
+ relatively lower priced lodge
+ good range of activities
+ access usually by air
+ no minimum child age

The Lewa Downs Conservancy is a large private reserve which is an important and pioneering conservation project. The area contains some very pretty landscapes and a full range of wildlife.

Lewa Safari Camp is situated to the north-west of the reserve and offers decent accommodation at a relatively low price level.

Approaching from the vehicle turnaround, we pass through manicured gardens to reach the modest main building, containing a decent lounge and bar, leading out to a pleasant outside dining area. Further on through the gardens there is a large pool area, with further outside dining and relaxation areas. From here there is a startling change of theme, as we exit the manicured gardens and suddenly find ourselves on a rough path through the natural landscape. A network of such paths leads to a total of twelve pleasant tented rooms under thatch.

Activities include vehicle safari by vehicle, walking safari, horse-back safari, camel safari, scenic flights and cultural interaction.

The camp is usually accessed by scheduled light aircraft flights into Lewa Airstrip, from where it is a leisurely 30 minute game-drive. We always include these connecting flights and transfers as part of your trip unless you specific ask us not to.

Although there is officially no minimum age at this camp, the owners do not recommend it for children 0-6 years old. The camp is not specifically geared up for children, but is partially fenced to keep out the larger wildlife. However adult supervision is still recommended at all times. Although the staff and guides will naturally try to tailor the experience to suit all guests, there are no special facilities for children, who are obliged to behave with due consideration for other guests.

On the downside ...

- fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- rather tame and over-managed
- rather confused lodge design

Being a fenced lodge on a fenced reserve and given the proximity to human habitation, the area can feel rather tame and over-managed.

The lodge is the real workhorse of the conservancy and caters for most of the larger groups of guests on set itineraries, which can make it a little less attractive for independent travellers.

The lodge is also a rather confused mix of a colonial homestead in a manicured garden, with rooms more suited to a traditional safari camp.

A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

Check the detailed prices and availability for this camp ...

How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

After decades of intense marketing, Lewa has become very well connected. It often hosts members of the European aristocracy and other high fliers. It is also popular with American guests, donors and zoo-groups who are bought into the conservation project. When we are requested to include it in trips by people who know it by reputation, then we have no problem in doing so.

But for other travellers we tend to recommend Lewa relatively rarely, mainly because our guests tend to be in search of locations which are rather more wild and authentic. But it can work. We most commonly use it as a stop on an overland safari through this part of the world, especially when staying at remote locations such as Tassia Lodge and Sarara Camp to the north, where predator sightings are far less reliable. Guests can stay a night or two in Lewa to get a good share of lion and other sightings, before moving north into the rangelands beyond the fence line.

We tend to use Lewa Safari Camp when spending less money is more important than other aesthetic considerations of lodge selection here in the reserve.

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