General

The 265-sq-km (93-sq-mile) Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has been the home of the Craig family since 1924. It operated solely as a cattle ranch until 1983 when part of it was set aside as a wildlife sanctuary, was followed by the rest of the property a few years later. Based at Lewa Safari Camp, adjacent to the family ranch house, the Craigs and their staff offer a choice of guided game walks, horseback rides, daytime game drives and night drives through an area of craggy hills inhabited by plentiful wildlife. Lewa is a vital stronghold for Grevy’s zebra (an estimated population of 400 to 500 individuals represents 15 to 20 percent of the global total), and it also harbours more than 100 rhino, with both species likely to be seen over the course of a two-night stay. Also likely to be seen are lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, reticulated giraffe and a wide variety of antelope including the localised sitatunga antelope, which was translocated to Lewa from Saiwa Swamp National Park in the 1980s. The sanctuary is run as a non-profit-making organisation, with proceeds being pumped back into conservation, or diverted to local community projects and economic development.

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