Lewa Safari Camp was originally built as the rhino manager’s house in the 1980s. A separate cottage bedroom was added when he got married! (The current main lounge and dining room is the original house, and the current Spa is in the cottage). At that time the rhino sanctuary was only 5000 acres, in the area surrounding the camp, and supported by conservationist Ana Mertz.
As the success of the rhino breeding and protection program grew, and eventually the whole property became a rhino conservancy, so rhino management and protection was moved to the Conservancy Head Offices; and the house was turned into “Lewa Safari Camp” in the mid 1990s. Client tents were added, and the lodge was managed by the Conservancy until they put it out to tender in 2009; when management was awarded to Cheli & Peacock.
The lodge has since undergone extensive renovation, under the direction of Stefano Cheli, so that camp operations are ecologically responsible as befits the ethos of the Conservancy, to ensure the camp is economically viable, and to upgrade all aspects of client experience. It is now the Conservancy’s flagship – very comfortable, with excellent food and elegant surroundings to match the views and unsurpassed gameviewing of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
The days are warm, rising to maximum of 30 deg C, but comfortable with minimum humidity, and the evenings are cool with cosy blankets on the beds. Rainfall is mostly in May and November with an average of 360mm per year.