Lewa House sits on the top of a hill near Mount Kenya, surrounded by dense forests, wetlands, and expansive savannahs.
The domain of Lewa House encompasses gently rolling hills. Spread out across this landscape find three thatched family cottages, each with two rooms. Rough-hewn hardwood furniture makes the space cozy and warm.
Four single-room “earth pods” are spacious and offer beautiful views of the African landscape. These unique abodes are designed to disappear into the landscape and collect and store rainwater. The inner curved walls cocoon guests in comfort, and outdoor baths make you feel one with nature.
Start your day with warm biscuits and coffee. Chat with fellow guests around the fireplace in the main building. Dine at the large family table. Seasonal European, Kenyan, Indian, and Asian food is prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. Wild mint margaritas are a refreshing pre-dinner drink. Food waste is composted and water is provided in refillable bottles.
Power at Lewa House is solar generated, and water comes from a spring fed by melting snow from Mount Kenya. Soak in the spectacular wilderness from the large, shaded verandah with a refreshing drink in hand. Wander through the shaded gardens and enjoy a delicious breakfast on the lawn. Take a dip in the swimming pool and keep an eye on the waterhole to see what creatures come up to drink.
Go on a game drive with experienced guides, all experts in the animals that roam the steep valleys. Fleece blankets keep guests warm on chilly morning excursions. Rare Grevy zebras and endangered rhinos are all in abundance around Lewa House’s savannah grasslands. The area is home to some 15 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population. It is magical seeing elephants frolic in the wetlands and baby giraffes nuzzle up to their mothers.
Night owls will enjoy the nocturnal game drives using spotlight. Take a walk on the wild side with guides that point out animal tracks and listen for the sounds of nature. When the sun is up, glide above in a helicopter to photograph the rocky peaks down below.
Visit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to learn about the local school and other community projects established to educate the local population about the importance of protecting the wildlife. Projects include a community health care clinic and a tree nursery.