Situated in the wildlife-rich Eastern corner of the Conservancy is the Craig family home, Lewa Wilderness Trails Camp, where guests have been entertained in luxury for the past 30 years. It sleeps 16 people housed in 8 beautifully decorated cottages, featuring fireplaces and verandas. Lewa Wilderness has been committed to the conservation of wildlife and diverse habitats found on the northern slopes of Mt. Kenya.
In 1922, Alec Douglas acquired land in a colonial 'settlement scheme' to begin a cattle ranch he called Lewa Downs. He passed the farm down to his daughter and her husband, Delia and David Craig, who ran the ranch to coexist with wildlife. In the early 1980s, a woman, Anna Merz, approached the Craig family with the aim of starting a rhino sanctuary on 5,000 acres of the ranch, called Ngare Sergoi. The
project was so successful that in 1995 the family converted their entire property to wildlife conservation—what is now
the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Will, Emma, the rest of the Craig family and the Lewa Wilderness Trails staff would like to extend the warmest of genuine, Kenyan welcomes. We hope to have you here at Wilderness Trails or Walking Wild, so that we can show you a true adventure in comfort and style.
The lodge is just nine exclusive rooms: five cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa's Western Marania Valley, plus three family cottages set beautifully in the midst of green lawns and a flourishing garden. Each room is luxuriously comfortable with it's own rustic charm, while the relaxed atmosphere makes guests feel like they are visiting an old, family friend. Each of the rooms is different from each other, and all have a sitting room area with bar and open log fireplace as well as private en suite facilities.
Each meal is a chance to taste how fresh, organic, wholesome food should be. Our food is also a family affair, as most of the produce comes seasonally from our own farm which is still run by Will Craig's mother, Delia. Anything we can't get is sourced from local markets, therefore everything is organic and fresh, either right out of the ground, right off the tree, or right out of the cow.
For those yearning to spend time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful African surroundings, there is plenty to keep you occupied without leaving the lodge. An infinity pool and sunbathing deck, tennis court, billiards and table tennis provide onsite activity--or have a relaxing massage in your room. The game viewing balcony off the sitting room is a perfect spot to bring a book from our fantastic library and to listen to the river flow down the valley as elephants, rhinos and maybe even leopards pass by.