Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Sophie and Calum Macfarlane’s full-hearted connection with the wildlife, the local Maasai people, and Lewa’s gorgeous landscapes contribute mightily and charmingly to an exceptionally intimate and exciting safari experience. The camp combines an Old Africa ambiance with up-to-the-minute commitment to sustainability: it’s 100% solar powered, its buildings blend beautifully with the environment, and its biodynamic garden, nurtured by carefully harvested rainwater, provides guests with fresh produce at lovely candle-lit meals in the airy, thatched-roof main house.
Sipping a cup of early morning coffee, looking out at a wild and quiet vastness, seeing a flock of white birds land and take off like a sudden snow squall is a quintessentially African moment. Each of Lewa House’s three thatch-roofed family cottages share a common veranda from which to savor those views, and the four magnificently designed earthpod cottages are similarly sited for such vast views across the savannah and forests of the great Laikpia Plateau, presided over to the west by the sacred mountain Ol Lolokwe. A short walk takes us to the main house, where we relax in a small but well-curated library, sit by a roaring evening fire, and enjoy fellowship and after-dinner stories told by our hosts.
The Lewa Conservancy, recognized by UNESCO as a vital innovator in the protection of African wildlife, is one of Africa’s finest places to see the continent’s headliner—and less renowned, but equally enthralling animals. Its carefully protected rhinos glump along prehistorically, and Grevy’s zebra abound (Lewa’s is home to 10% of the world’s population of these winsome equids). The Big Five are commonly and excitingly seen, and giraffe’s float across the countryside like colourful schooners. Picnic lunches under gentle acacia trees, graced perhaps by the sight of rambling elephants, lazing lions, and snow-capped Mount Kenya—the only mountain in the world to give its name to a country—are a Lewa House specialty. And when we visit a nearby Maasai village, our Micato Safari Director is welcomed as an old friend, and we are honoured as good friends of that respected friend.