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Big-skied and breezy Laikipia Plateau Reserve came into existence in 1991 when the ranches of the Colonial era turned from farming to wildlife. With cliffs and escarpment surrounding the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped Mount Kenya in the south, and the Ewaso N’giro and Engare Narok rivers flowing below, this area is a haven for reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, wild dog, leopard, lion, and so many more running, leaping, playing and grazing animals. It also possesses one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa, and is one of the last strongholds of the endangered Black Rhino.
The Craig Family owns and runs this gorgeous property, and the cottages of Wilderness Trails are arranged aroundtheir private home, where they’ve been entertaining guests for thirty years. The eight spacious cottages, with glorious woodwork construction that blends perfectly with the natural surroundings, each have their own sitting room and veranda with stunning views of the arid, wildlife-rich valley and the green Mathews Range beyond. The main lodge is the hub of activity, where we may wish to gather for cocktails around the fireplace in the cosy sitting room, or feast on meals from the organic garden at the banquet table in the open-air dining room.
Have a Laikipia home all to yourself! Lewa House overlooks the valleys and hills all the way to the sacred mountain of the Samburu, Ol Lolokwe. The main building houses a dining area and a lounge with comfortable sofas, an open fire, fresh flowers, and books to relax with after a long day in the bush. Nearby are the three large cottages, each with two rooms, making this a perfect place for a family or group of close friends. Swim in or sun by the pool overlooking the waterhole, while watching the animals do the same below…
Explore these arid wilds on foot, by open vehicle, or even on a camel or horse. We’re treading on some of the wildest and most unspoiled terrain in Kenya: an incredible landscape that’s also home to a vast bevy of animals—some of them only found here, and nowhere else.
For an energizing option, try taking a bush walk with a Maasai warrior; outdoorsmen can fly-fish in Lake Rutundu; photo enthusiasts can track lions or spend some time bunkered down in a leopard blind; sporting types will enjoy the clay tennis courts… and the salt-water pool is refreshing and relaxing for all.
Multi-course picnics are a special joy of Lewa: a feast under the spreading boughs of a tree, camp chairs for comfort, and a uniformed waiter attending to your every need. Another exciting adventure here is a night game drive: watch the predators stalk their prey in the light of the many-starred sky.
This is the only place where we have the option to see the majestic stretches of northern Kenya from an open cockpit biplane—in true Out of Africa style! With Lewa owner Will Craig as your pilot, not only do we have an old-fashioned, exhilarating experience soaring across the open sky, we also fly over some of his favourite “secret spots”—local villages, watering holes, etc—and learn how the Conservancy’s projects are positively affecting the local communities.
A note for families & children:
Lewa is happy to host children of all ages, and Lewa House in particular is perfect for families who want to feel at home in the wild.
Spectacular view from a Wilderness Trails bedroom
Dining al fresco at Wilderness Trails
Drinks on the deck at Wilderness Trails
Soar above the savannah, flight-seeing in an authentic bi-plane
Venture out into the wild on camel-back
Stunning view from Lewa House
Sitting room at Lewa House
Elegantly African bedroom at Lewa House
View from the Lewa House pool