Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Wilderness

A delightful home amidst the natural beauty of the Lewa Conservancy, Lewa Wilderness has been providing luxury and hospitality to its guests for 30 years

With Mount Kenya in the background and mysterious Ol Olokwe on the edge of the Samburu to the north, Lewa Wilderness is beautifully situated on the edge of the wildlife rich Lewa Conservancy. The welcoming and characterful home of Will and Emma Craig, Lewa is known for its hospitality and warmth – a place where guests can truly relax amidst nature and natural beauty. The name Craig has always been synonymous in Kenya with conservancy and, as one of the original ranching families who settled in Lewa Downs in the 1920’s, the Craigs have always valued the wildlife that shared the land with the cattle, and consequently developed wildlife tourism as an additional activity.

With just eight beautifully and tastefully decorated cottages, featuring fireplaces and verandas, Lewa Wilderness Trails offers guests the experience of days gone by. Every detail has been thought of to ensure that guests at Lewa can make the most of their time in the bush. The atmosphere is one of an informal home rather than a formal, smart lodge thus giving guests a really genuine Kenyan and wildlife experience. The staff at Lewa Wilderness are outstanding – typical of the Craig
affinity with the locals as well as the wildlife, they have employed Maasai staff, all of whom run the lodge graciously, efficiently and with natural ease. Nothing is too much and guests can gain so much from these wonderful people as hosts as well as from Will and Emma who join guests for meals in the comfort of their home.

Guests can relax by the fire in the cosy sitting room and share meals around a long banquet table in the open-air dining room. Natural springs, home-raised livestock, and a 5-acre organic garden are transformed by skilled chefs into healthy and absolutely delicious food – every meal is yet another fabulous creation from the superb staff in the kitchen.

There is salt-water pool for a refreshing dip from which one can gaze across the bush and relax after a morning’s walking or riding (the stables are full of horses for guests to ride), or perhaps after a game on the clay tennis court equipped with both raquets and balls. Lewa Conservancy has a superb plethora of game and a professional guiding team leads guests on customized daily safaris and educates them about flora, fauna, animal behaviour, conservation, Lewa history, and more. Each day one can do as much or as little as one wishes be it camel riding, a visit to the nearby Massai cultural boma, a night game drive or simply relaxing in the garden with a book and enjoying the sounds and smells of Africa.

Lewa Wilderness Trails is an excellent venue for families and a wonderful place to meet or gather with friends. With its spacious and pretty cottages, exquisite cuisine,
incredible service and hospitality and fabulous wildlife experiences, Lewa Wilderness Trails cannot be too highly recommended. Perfect as part of a more extended African tour or combined with a week on the coast, guests love Lewa Wilderness Trails and always want to return!


  • 8 Thatched cottages
  • Dressing rooms
  • Ensuite bathroom


  • Full board
  • All drinks
  • All activities


  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Clay tennis court
  • Craft shop


  • Day & night game drives
  • Bush walks with professional tracker
  • Horse riding
  • Camel riding
  • Game blinds
  • Hiking/jogging with a Maasai warrior
  • Visiting Lewa’s ancient archaeological site
  • Visiting a Maasai cultural boma


  • Guided tour by air of the conservancy and Mt. Kenya with stop for trout fishing in a high-altitude lake
  • 5 day walking safaris through Lewa and nearby II Ngwesi


  • International airport at Nairobi
  • Scheduled flight 45 minutes to Lewa airstrip