Isiolo, Republic of Kenya, Property #T3016


Property #: T3016
Property Name: Lewa Wilderness Safari Lodge
Credits per Week: 5500 - 24500
Location: Isiolo
Country: Republic of Kenya
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Bedrooms: 9
Baths: 9
Max Occupancy: 18
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Will also Rent: Yes
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Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya, Africas second tallest mountain, Lewa Wilderness Safari Lodge is one of the oldest and most private safari ventures in Kenya. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness Lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience. The lodge is just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst the beautiful green lawns. Each room is unique and luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead. The Garden Rooms are the original rooms built by David and Delia Craig when they started the lodge. They are the cottages closest to the main living areas, each consisting of two ensuite bedrooms attached by a comfortable sitting area with a bar and cozy fireplace. They are perfect for families or those who do not wish to be too far from the main areas. The Hillside Cottages are six individual cottages, each with a unique layout. These cottages were built to capture the stunning views out over the valley and the sound of the river below where elephants, giraffe, rhino, zebra and more all come to drink. Each cottage has en suite facilities, a cozy sitting area and fireplace, and a private outdoor verandah where one can enjoy a morning coffee whilst watching the sunrise. On arrival at the lodge, guests are immediately struck by the peace and tranquility of the grounds,– a lush oasis teeming with colorful bougainvillea. The vast array of birdlife in the gardens could keep you entertained for hours on end, so much so that you might never want to leave! Lewa Wilderness has its own small farm that was originally started by Will Craig’s mother, Delia. Every meal at the lodge includes fresh organic produce from the large vegetable garden. We also get our eggs, milk and goats cheese from the farm which guests are welcome to visit. Watch the cows and goats being milked, then take a walk around the gardens, perhaps tasting a ripe strawberry or two along the way! Our dining room enjoys a fabulous view of the hillside opposite providing game viewing opportunities whilst tucking into delicious breakfast and lunch buffets. At night, guests gather around the long dining table to have a seated and served dinner listening to the sounds of the African night. We are happy to set private dinners either in your cottage, on the pool deck, or out in the bush on request. The verandah and library / billiard room are open for guests to enjoy throughout the day. Have afternoon tea with Will and Emma Craig, browse the extensive library or, for those who want to connect with the outside world, wifi is available in these areas. The stunning infinity pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind, read a book, sunbathe, and see what wildlife you can spot. For those of you that like to keep fit, there is a gym, a tennis court and a table tennis table to keep you occupied. Just two minutes walk from the lodge, the Stables are home to over 30 horses and ponies. Many of the guest horses are home bred, whilst others are retired polo ponies. The horses are well accustomed to the wildlife as, during the day, they enjoy free range grazing alongside animals such as zebra, giraffe, impala, eland and baboons. Many of our horses are used to carrying complete beginners enabling even first time riders to enjoy the unique experience of riding in the African bush. The advantage of being located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is that guests are surrounded by rich game viewing opportunities without the crowds. There is a very good chance of seeing all of the Big Five and Lewa is one of the only game parks where visitors are almost guaranteed to see the endangered black and white rhinos. With the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the diversity of scenery from open plains, rolling hills, valleys, escarpments and rivers, Lewa is a magical place to game drive. Guests are welcome to go for a walk with one of our trained Maasai guides to enjoy the environment from a different perspective. There is nothing more thrilling than watching rhino or elephant grazing in the morning light whilst you are on foot, or following the tracks of a leopard. Walks can be as easy or as hard as you like. Walking Wild is a camel safari outfit based out of Lewa Wilderness. This venture offers guests the unique opportunity to explore by foot the remote valleys, hills and plains of both Lewa and neighbouring Maasai community conservation areas. Guests spend the days walking, whilst the camels and Maasai transport the camp, meeting up each evening for unforgettable nights camping out in the bush. Riding one of the Lewa Wilderness horses allows you to enjoy the wildlife in its most natural form, without the sound of a car engine or the sight of a road– its truly quite a privilege. Ride right up next to animals such as giraffe, zebra, impala, waterbuck, eland, ostrich and baboons. Advanced riders are welcome to arrange a more challenging excursion. The weight limit for horse riding is 90kg / 200lb. For a little something out of the ordinary, guests can go for a camel ride led by a Maasai moran. The camel rides offer a great way to take in the scenery from a unique vantage point. An opportunity you will not want to miss is to fly the wilds of Kenya. This is an experience you can’t find anywhere else in Africa. Fly in the open cockpit biplane with pilot, Will Craig. A former crop-dusting pilot, Will takes guests right above the treetops and weaves through gorges to show off the beauty of his homeland. The plane can take two passengers who accompany the pilot on a journey over forests, herds of game, and through ravines that are otherwise virtually inaccessible. Started in 1972, Lewa Wilderness lodge is an integral part of the history of Lewa Downs as it transformed from a farm into a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy which has gained an international reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy now boasts 62,000 acres of conserved land and the richness of wildlife here is astounding with over 70 different animal species and 350 bird species. By staying at Lewa Wilderness, guests are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and all of the conservation and community development efforts. A maximum of 4 nights offered for trade.
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