Expert Reviews – Lewa Conservancy

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Colonial opulence at Lewa Downs
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Lewa is one of the private ranches on the Laikipia Plateau. This property is particularly scenic. My favorites are the yellow fever tree forest and a big swamp area, home to the very rare sitatunga antelope. Rolling hills offer good views over the plains and on a clear day Mount Kenya sticks its head out.

All the big five can be seen, but the black and white rhinos, which are rarely seen in Kenya’s National parks and reserves, are the real specialty in Laikipia. Lewa is also home to a high number of the endangered Grevy’s zebra.

Staying at Lewa House is like a colonial home stay. Meals are elaborate, homely affairs. Bush breakfasts, horse riding and sundowners all add to the overall feeling of colonial opulence. I was made to feel like a visiting friend. Unfortunately, the game viewing circuit isn’t very big and game drives are kept rather short.

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