Wildlife & Animals – Lewa Conservancy

Anthony Ham
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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. Lewa swamp is home to a few hippo and the rare sitatunga antelope, which has been introduced, is occasionally seen.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
WildebeestOccasional
LionOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

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.

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