What They Do
Simply known as Lewa, the Conservancy is nestled at the foothills of Mount Kenya and is home to some of the continent’s most endangered species – the black rhino and the Grevy’s zebra– and a plethora of other wildlife including the elephant, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, lion, cheetah and leopard.
Conservation of endangered species
Lewa is home to some of Africa’s critically endangered species, notably the black rhino and Grevy’s zebra. The Conservancy has been hugely successful in conservation of the native black rhino and the resident population has grown at an impressive 6% per annum. Lewa plays a crucial role in rhino conservation in Kenya, facilitating the translocation of its rhino to new or previously inhabited areas and providing technical expertise to established and new rhino sanctuaries.
Lewa’s Grevy’s zebra population, at approximately 380 individuals, is the single largest at any one place in the world. With less than 3,000 left in the wild, the Grevy’s zebra is the world’s rarest zebra and the second largest equid. Lewa’s Research Team carries out important monitoring and research to inform management decisions on Grevy’s zebra conservation.
For communities neighbouring wildlife, conservation can be the greatest tool for development and Lewa’s community development programmes have over the years transformed the lives of thousands from the adjoining communities. Today, Lewa supports 20 schools, 10 water projects, four clinics, a women’s micro-credit programme and many other community projects, improving the quality of life of many.
Lewa boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern Kenya and Mount Kenya serves as the perfect backdrop. With gentle rolling hills and natural, unspoilt beauty, guests enjoy the trip of a lifetime that consists of an unforgettable combination of great scenery, superb game viewing and excellent hospitality.
Visitors also have the opportunity to experience Lewa’s extensive conservation and development projects. Proceeds from tourism are ploughed back into our various programmes, crucial funds that contribute to Lewa’s annual revenue.
Lewa’s rich history in conservation spans three decades, having started out as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary established in 1983 to help save the last remaining black rhino in northern Kenya. At the time, poaching for rhino horn saw a once thriving population plummet to near extinction, and Ngare Sergoi was a brave and pioneering venture, driven by love for the rhino. The sanctuary thrived and was later re-established as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 1995.