Lewa Wilderness

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Location:

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Rooms: 9

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A truly unique and personal safari experience.

Lewa Wilderness (sometimes known as Lewa Wilderness Trails or Wilderness Trails Lodge) is set on a hillside looking out over the Western Marania Valley and spring below. Started as a tented camp by the Craig family 30 years ago, it is now a comfortable, eight-room lodge offering access to the great game of the Lewa Conservancy.

Over time, the tents have been replaced with permanent stone cottages: this is a beautiful fenced lodge, with a homely rather than wild feel. Lewa Wilderness is now the family home of, and run by, Will and Emma Craig, with two fantastic managers who help to maintain its very friendly ambience. Indeed, the whole place is exceptionally welcoming, as if you’re a guest in an old friend’s home. 

The lodge is just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst the beautiful green lawns. Each room is unique and luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead.

All the rooms in both categories are very spacious and have a rustic feel, with rough stone walls and polished stone floors. As well as chunky wooden furniture and woven carpets made in the workshop on site, some softer armchairs and sofas lend an almost English country-home feel.

The food is wholesome and hearty with lots of organically grown herbs, vegetables, and fruit.

In Lewa Wilderness dining room guest enjoys a fabulous view of the hillside opposite providing game viewing opportunities whilst tucking into delicious breakfast and lunch buffets. At night, guests gather around the long dining table to have a seated and served dinner listening to the sounds of the African night. 

Game drives are the focus of activities at Lewa Wilderness, but there’s plenty more on the menu.  At the lodge itself there’s a tennis court and infinity pool, and from the nearby stables, guests (both beginners and experienced) can take part in a riding safari on one of their 40 horses – an excellent way to get much closer to the plains game than you thought possible. The equipment and saddles are all in a good condition. 

Visits to a nearby Maasai village offer insight into local life. A further option is a guided safari walk and fly-camp, run from the lodge by Will Craig through a sister company, Walking Wild. While you’re out walking, camp hands with camels will move ahead to set up a small fly-camp. This is a great way to get out and experience the bush in a much simpler set up, at an additional cost.


The hotel offers a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

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5.0/5
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Average ratings
5.0
Cleanliness
5.0
Service & staff
5.0
Room comfort
5.0
Sleep Quality
5.0
Location
4.5
Value for Price

TripAdvisor® Traveller Reviews
5
by HeidiP
from Park City, Utah
Most Incredible Place I've Ever Been!!
Posted Sep 23, 2017

My breath was literally taken away when we walked into this incredible camp. We spent three days here at the beginning of August, and I still find myself day dreaming about this place and wishing I...More

5
by fabien1971
from Princeton, New Jersey
Wonderful experience!
Posted Sep 12, 2017

I stayed three full days at Lewa Wilderness at the very end of August and I miss it so much! I live in Nairobi and my mind is somewhere else... Lewa Wilderness is an amazing place. The rooms are big...More

5
by Sararoomfortwo
from Heathfield, United Kingdom
An amazing experience
Posted Jun 29, 2017

my second visit, my husbands first. It was incredible yet again. So beautiful, fabulous rooms, wonderful staff and the best guide Mwongi! No one could be disappointed when they stay here, it is a...More

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The lodge is just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst the beautiful green lawns. Each room is unique and luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead.

All the rooms in both categories are very spacious and have a rustic feel, with rough stone walls and polished stone floors. As well as chunky wooden furniture and woven carpets made in the workshop on site, some softer armchairs and sofas lend an almost English country-home feel.

The original rooms built by David and Delia Craig when they started the lodge. They are the cottages closest to the main living areas, each consisting of two ensuite bedrooms attached by a comfortable sitting area with a bar and cosy fireplace. They are perfect for families or those who do not wish to be too far from the main areas.

Amenities
Amenity:
Fireplace, Shower, Lounge Area, Safe, Verandah.

Six individual cottages, each with a unique layout. These cottages were built to capture the stunning views out over the valley and the sound of the river below where elephants, giraffe, rhino, zebra and more all come to drink. Each cottage has ensuite facilities, a cosy sitting area and fireplace, and a private outdoor verandah where one can enjoy a morning coffee whilst watching the sunrise.

Amenities
Amenity:
Fireplace, Verandah.


The food is wholesome and hearty with lots of organically grown herbs, vegetables, and fruit. In Lewa Wilderness dining room guest enjoys a fabulous view of the hillside opposite providing game viewing opportunities whilst tucking into delicious breakfast and lunch buffets. At night, guests gather around the long dining table to have a seated and served dinner listening to the sounds of the African night. 

The food at Lewa Wilderness is excellent – plenty of it, and all very fresh and flavoursome. 

Most of the ingredients come from the farm belonging to the lodge, which has a huge vegetable garden as well as cows, goats, pigs and chickens. They even make their own goats’ cheese!

Breakfast is sometimes taken out as a picnic if you’re heading out for an early game drive. If you’re in the lodge for breakfast, a selection of fruit and cereals will be followed by a cooked breakfast. Tea, coffee and juice are also available. 

Lunch is always a varied buffet. Guest are offering barbecued chicken, warm lentil dhal, couscous and roasted vegetables, green salad, avocado and tomato salad, and a sweetcorn tart, as well as a selection of cheese and biscuits. For pudding there was a warm cashew nut and treacle tart with cream. 

Three-course dinner comprised a light soup to start, followed by beef fillet and a chocolate mousse for dessert. It was accompanied by some nice wine, and followed by coffee and tea.

Venue : Restaurant
Cuisine : Wholesome and Ranch Style

Game drives are the focus of activities at Lewa Wilderness, but there’s plenty more on the menu.  At the lodge itself there’s a tennis court and infinity pool, and from the nearby stables, guests (both beginners and experienced) can take part in a riding safari on one of their 40 horses – an excellent way to get much closer to the plains game than you thought possible. The equipment and saddles are all in a good condition.  Visits to a nearby Maasai village offer insight into local life. A further option is a guided safari walk and fly-camp, run from the lodge by Will Craig through a sister company, Walking Wild. While you’re out walking, camp hands with camels will move ahead to set up a small fly-camp. This is a great way to get out and experience the bush in a much simpler set up, at an additional cost.

The advantage of being located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is that guests are surrounded by rich game viewing opportunities without the crowds. 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. 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.

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