Explore Lewa Downs Conservancy in Search of the Rare Black Rhinoceros
Day 1: Maasai Mara / Lewa Downs
Fly from the Maasai Mara to Nairobi, where you will bid farewell to our group and board your onward flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Days 2 & 3: Lewa Downs
Lewa Downs, located in north-central Kenya at the foot of Mt. Kenya, is arguably the most famed private wildlife reserve in the country. Once a cattle ranch, the land was transformed into a heavily guarded black rhino sanctuary and is now the headquarters of a wildlife conservancy that has gained a worldwide reputation for its pioneering efforts. Lewa’s 54,000-plus acres are dominated by open grasslands and gentle hills, with stands of mature acacia forest and papyrus swamp, all of which provides a home to a wide range and quantity of wildlife. In addition to common denizens like elephant, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and a host of bird life, endangered species such as Grevy's zebra, black and white rhino, and sitatunga also thrive in the region.
Lewa Wilderness Lodge was once the Craig family homestead, where travelers have been welcomed for more than 30 years. Nine beautifully decorated cottages, all featuring fireplaces and verandas, can accommodate a maximum of 18 guests. Guests are welcome to relax in the sitting area and to enjoy shared meals around a banquet table in the open-air dining room. A saltwater pool is available to cool off during the heat of the day.
Activities abound at Lewa. Guests may choose from day and night wildlife drives, bush walks and hikes with Masai tribesmen, horseback and camel rides, visits to a nearby archaeological site, farm and craft tours, and even tennis. Extended walking safaris and fishing excursions can also be arranged. Scenic flights can be arranged in the classic yellow, open-cockpit biplane at additional cost.
Day 4: Lewa Downs / Nairobi / Depart
Today we fly back to Nairobi, where we can relax in dayrooms at the Ole Sereni Hotel before transferring to the international airport for our departure flights.
Physical Rating: Easy