Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Elewana Kifaru House

Overview

Luxury in Lewa

Located within the world-famous Lewa Conservancy, home to East Africa’s healthiest black and white rhino populations, Kifaru House is a charming little haven in the bush.

Its five thatched cottages – one of which has two rooms – are all with well-appointed bedrooms, sumptuous four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms.

The infinity pool and waterhole overlooking terrace areas are a draw between safari activities while the bar, fire-warmed lounge and dining room are welcoming spots as the evenings cool.

Facts

At a glance

  • Six rooms in five cottages

  • Swimming pool

  • Dining room and bar

  • Library and lounge

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Experiences

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    Bush walks

    Accompanied by trained Samburu rangers with a sweeping knowledge of the local flora and fauna, tracks, micro-ecosystems, history and culture of the area, as well as hands-on knowledge of rhino conservation, a bushwalk from Kifaru House is an informative and exhilarating experience.

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    Game drives

    Within the protected area the wildlife is abundant and game viewing is outstanding. With one of the biggest rhino populations in Kenya, the rare Grevy’s zebra and plentiful sightings of lion, cheetah, elephants and all the plains game set against the magnificent backdrop of snow-capped Mt. Kenya, a game drive here is one of the most spectacular in Kenya.

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    Ngare Ndare forest walk

    Located south of Lewa guests can experience the rich diversity of this beautiful montane forest at eye-level with the monkeys and dozens of bird species high up from a canopy and take a refreshing swim in a natural pool.

Community & Culture

The Lewa Family know that wildlife conservation can’t succeed without support from neighbouring communities. With that in mind, they are involved in several initiatives, including micro-credit schemes, water projects, and education and healthcare projects. They are also aware that the future of Kenya’s wildlife lies with the next generation, and so they have set up the Lewa Education Programme (LEP) to help educate local children and teach them how important wildlife is. The LEP sponsors 18 schools and you can arrange a visit to one of them.

Conservation

When it was established in 1972, Lewa transformed from a farm into a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy which now boasts 25,000 hectares of conserved land and more than 70 different animal species and 350 bird species. Lewa Conservancy continues to run one of the most successful rhino protection programs in Africa, hosting some 12% of Kenya's black rhino population with a breeding programme that has helped repopulate other protected areas in the region. The survival of this iconic species rests on long-term solutions that involve local people, securing its habitat and reducing demand for its horn.

Footprint

Kifaru House is guided by an environmental policy that outlines its commitment to reduce its environmental impacts in the ecosystem in which it operates, and continually improve its environmental performance, as an integral part of its business operations.

The main source of power for Kifaru House is solar energy, which is harnessed through an installation of 65 solar panels and batteries, as well as solar heated water for cottage bathrooms. Other sustainability efforts include waste minimization and proper treatment, as well as water saving measures.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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