Wildlife & Animals – Lewa Conservancy
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.
Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to all of the Big Five. It has good populations of black rhino and white rhino and sightings are very common. Elephant and buffalo are plentiful and there is a good variety of predators including cheetah, lion, leopard and wild dog. Antelopes include eland, impala, defassa waterbuck and Grant's gazelle.
Lewa is home to the northern specials, which are found only north of the equator and have the ability to live in arid conditions. All five species occur here: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, gerenuk and the Somali ostrich. The forest is home to the black-and-white colobus monkey and a few hippo spend their days in Lewa swamp.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Lewa's lodges are closed in April and November due to rain. The commonly found black cotton soil in the region becomes very difficult to negotiate after heavy rain. Wildlife viewing is at its best from July to September and January to March.