Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy and Il Ngwesi Ranch

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a private reserve in north-east Kenya, which has a reputation for preserving endangered species including healthy numbers of black and white Rhino.The Lewa Downs 16,000 hectare ranch has been the home of the Craig family since 1924. As a visitor at Lewa Safari Camp or Wilderness Trails lodge, you are privileged to be in the most experienced and capable hands of real safari experts, dedicated to conserving Kenya's wildlife.Only lodge visitors may enter the reserve, which means that you have a massive area all to yourself where you will certainly encounter Elephant, Giraffe, Eland, unusual Grevy's Zebra, Oryx, Buffalo, Lion and perhaps even Leopard.An exciting number of unique conservation and community activities are open to guests who are invited to experience such projects as; horseback Rhino patrol, animal orphanage, assisting fencers on patrol, accompanying tracker dogs on daily training and collecting data with the Lion tracker. On the educational side are visits to hand-axe archaeological sites, attending schools and participating in drama, arts and music classes, vising water schemes and other community projects.Il Ngwesi Group Ranch is right next to Lewa Downs and is where local Samburu people have combined a cattle ranch with sustainable tourism in the form of a luxurious lodge. Booked months in advance, this community run lodge, constructed almost entirely of local materials, is owned and run by Samburu. It has all the trappings of a top class lodge with a swimming pool, solar power, open-fronted cottages, and is rented out exclusively by one group.

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