Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Family Holiday



Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Family Holiday

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy north Kenya, is a private reserve in Laikipia plains. Also, referred as Lewa Downs, it is known for the conservation of black rhino and is currently home to over 10% of Kenya’s entire black rhino population. In addition, the big-5 animals; namely rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo are also seen here. The Lewa Downs conservancy works in partnership with their neighbours; Borana wildlife conservancy, in the west, Il Ngwesi, Laikipia in the north and the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. 

This tour is designed to covers three game reserves namely; Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Lewa Downs Reserve and Masai Mara National Reserve. Watch lion-cubs in the true African wilderness, take off on a thrilling balloon safari over the Maasai Mara, visit the nomadic, ochre-clad Maasai, gaze at the breathtaking views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. This tour is designed especially for families with activities that can be appreciated by family members of all ages. 


What We Love
  • In Mara Intrepids join the exciting Adventurers’ Club for the ages of 4-12
  • Visit Masai Mara, one of the most popular reserves in the whole of Africa
  • Stay at Kenya’s most luxurious and historic safari resorts and tented camps
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience
Need to Know
  • If Lewa Safari Camp is closed during low season; alternative is Samburu Lodge
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces & 4x4 drives
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Family Holiday Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Lewa Downs Reserve, Maasai Mara
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Kenya
Nairobi On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your selected hotel.

Nairobi. As the sun rises each morning in equatorial East Africa, Nairobi is already bustling with traffic, streams of pedestrians and people pushing carts. In the city's markets, the floors are washed, and fresh produce is artfully arranged; the tea sellers unlock their stalls and light their fires; merchants raise the iron screens from their store windows. Flowers are everywhere. This afternoon visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Centre.

The museum, once part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate, ‘Mbogani’ was Karen’s home from 1917 until 1931, and made famous by the film ‘Out of Africa’. Here you get a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya at the turn of the twentieth century. As well as many of Karen’s original belongings, and replicas replace items that have been lost over the years.

The Giraffe Centre is the headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Giraffe Manor was established in 1983 as a sanctuary for the then endangered Rothschild giraffe. The breeding program has been a great success and you can watch these gentle giants at eye level from a raised platform.

Stay at Norfolk Hotel, probably Kenya’s most famous hotel – and certainly its oldest. It has been drawing the rich and famous to its hallowed doors since they first opened on Christmas Day 1904. In many respects, Nairobi grew up around the Norfolk, which occupies a central but quiet location opposite the National Theatre.
Overnight Norfolk Hotel

Day 02 – Transfer & Safari
Sweetwaters Game Reserve Transfer to Sweetwaters Game Reserve. This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Enjoy a afternoon game drives and visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Additional activities (extra cost) are camel riding, horse riding and nature walks.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Day 03 – Private Reserve
Lewa Downs Transfer to Lewa Safari Camp, your home for the next two nights. Lewa Safari Camp is set on the 45,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Downs. The conservancy, formerly a working cattle ranch and otherwise known as Lewa Downs, has been in the Craig family since 1924. With wildlife densities as high as anywhere in Africa, it is possible to see all of Africa’s Big Five on Lewa, and the conservancy provides a refuge for several endangered species.
Lewa Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 04 – Private Reserve
Lewa Downs Activities at Lewa Safari Camp include day and night game drives in search of rhino and other wildlife, guided walks, and visits to pre-historic sites. Cultural excursions to visit the II'Nguesi, Ndorobo and Samburu people; horseback riding and camel riding are available at an extra cost. Time at Lewa Downs is a unique combination of hospitality, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Lewa Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Game Reserve
Maasai Mara Transfer to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara. You will be met at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip and transferred the short distance to the Mara Intrepids Camp, your base for the next three nights. Mara Intrepids is a delightful camp set in one of Kenya’s prime wildlife-viewing areas.

Mara Intrepids also boasts its exciting Adventurers’ Club – a club specifically for children between the ages of 4-12. Accompanied by highly trained naturalists and cultural specialists, children are treated to an enlightening series of walks, talks, games and activities, designed to help them better understand their wild surroundings. After checking in, there’s time to freshen up before taking lunch. This afternoon take your first game drive in the Maasai Mara in search of its famous inhabitants.
Mara Intrepids Club (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Game Reserve
Maasai Mara You have the whole day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Maasai Mara on your early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives. The jewel in Africa’s crown, Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her 320 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system that supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty.
Mara Intrepids Club (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Game Reserve
Maasai Mara You have another full day to enjoy the splendours of the Maasai Mara. There will also be the option to take a balloon safari or visit to Rusinga or Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria (at an extra cost). The afternoon is available for a game viewing drive and/or other activity in the Mara whether or not you take the optional adventure.
Mara Intrepids Club (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Depart
Nairobi Enjoy an early morning game drive and breakfast before your transfer to Masai Mara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Norfolk Hotel where you can relax in your dayroom. Enjoy lunch and dinner (meals for your own account) before your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Norfolk Hotel – Dayroom (B)

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Family Holiday Kenya

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

When to go Game viewing is at its best in mid-summer after the rainy season has ended. The days will be long and the weather pleasant. The best month is probably July.

The main rainy seasons are from April to May (the long rains) and October to December (the short rains). Rainfall is seldom continuous over long periods and normally falls in the late afternoon preceded by bright sunny and fresh days. The Rift Valley and Central Highlands enjoy a temperate climate year round although the temperatures vary from the hot and relatively dry floor of the Rift valley to arctic on the peaks of Mt Kenya.