Having just completed a personalized luxury safari to 5 locations in Kenya and Tanzania, we came home, and formulated some conclusions. All 5 locations were fantastic. But we did compile a rating, and Wilderness Trails was our #1. Our criteria were: quality of game viewing; quality of lodging; quality of food; quality of service; and overall ambience. All the game viewing we saw in Africa was excellent...but different. At Lewa we saw in VERY close proximity to the lodge: lions, buffalo, black rhino, white rhino, Grevy Zebra, regular zebra, cheetah, giraffes, and the usual assortment of monkeys, birds, etc. Plentiful, and all tracked and described expertly by your guides. Overall, game viewing was the best we saw in our 5 locations. Food was fabulous, much of it locally grown, fresh, expertly prepared and served with style. Wilderness Trails was our first stop in Africa, and we grew to appreciate the communal dining, where you had a chance to meet the other guests, not everyone offers this. Now to the piece de resistance: at Wilderness Trails you're sharing the facility with the owners, Will and Emma Craig. You're in their HOME, and it shows. Will and Emma have also invested heavily in raising the lifestyle of local Masai...be prepared to buy woolen rugs, handmade on site. You can also enjoy safari by horseback, camel on foot or in the traditional jeeps (which are custom designed for photographers). And do NOT miss a biplane ride, piloted by Will: it was a key highlight in our entire 14 day trip. We cannot say enough about Lewa, and this specific lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated near the base of Mt Kenya, Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya's oldest and most private safari ventures. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism. The lodge is just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa' s Eastern Marania Valley, plus three garden cottages set amidst the beautiful green lawns. Activities on offer include game drives, guided walks, scenic flights, horseback riding, camel riding and much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lewa Wilderness Kenya/Laikipia District