Wildlife & Animals – Lewa Conservancy
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. Lewa swamp is home to a few hippo and the rare sitatunga antelope, which has been introduced, is occasionally seen.
Lewa is home to the northern specialty species, which are found only north of the equator and have the ability to live in arid conditions. All five species occur in Lewa: Grevy's zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, gerenuk and the Somali ostrich. The forest is home to the black-and-white colobus monkey.
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.