Lewa Walking Safari

Also dedicated to black rhino conservation, and, as is Ol Pejeta, situated in the Laikipia region of Kenya, Lewa was first set up in 1983 by the Craig family, becoming an actual Conservancy in 1995. The reserve supports over 440 species of birds and more than 70 different mammals, and is viewed by many people as one of the classic game-viewing areas of Kenya, in addition to being ideal walking country. Lewa is also famous for its annual marathon, run entirely within the reserve, and for being the place where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton!

With effectively only three member camps at this point in time, Lewa remains totally unspoilt by tourism. For our Walking Safari here we have suggested the itinerary detailed below. Always remember, though, that everything is completely flexible, and your trip can be individually tailored to your own particular wishes.

Your trip begins at the classic Lewa Safari Camp*, situated close to the conservancy’s West gate. You will usually arrive in time for lunch, and can Lewa Safari Campthen spend the afternoon settling in and relaxing, before taking either a late afternoon game drive, or a short walk around the area. If this your first time out on safari you will probably want to get your fill of game sightings, and hence the following day is earmarked for a full day’s game-viewing Then your final day can be spent getting in some more serious game viewing by vehicle in the area around the camp, or in getting your legs in shape for the serious walking to come.

On your fourth day you will undertake your first significant walk as you transfer south-east to Sirikoi Camp. Arriving in time for lunch, you will again rest up in the early afternoon until it gets sufficiently cool to walk further or take a game drive. In either event you will conclude your day with a welcome sundowner, either in camp or at some exotic viewing point. After your evening meal it may be possible to take a night drive, during which you will encounter a whole new range of wildlife. Your second day here can be spent walking or game-viewing by vehicle, to choice, within the area around the camp.

Camel-back SafariOn your sixth day the process is repeated as you transfer on foot to Wilderness Trails Camp. Your two days here will then follow a similar pattern to that encountered previously, although here, uniquely, you can also choose to take an hour or so’s camel-back safari as well.

Then on your eighth day you will take your final major camp-to-camp walk in the area, ending up back at Lewa Safari Camp. Two further nights will be spent here, during which you can take additional walks or game drives in the area, before continuing with your onward journey.

* Details of every camp mentioned can be found on our KenyaAway website