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Kifaru House Lewa

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Kifaru House Lewa is a luxurious safari lodge located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which is a private wildlife reserve in Kenya. The lodge is set on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and Mount Kenya.

Kifaru House Lewa has four spacious and elegantly decorated rooms, each with its own private verandah and en-suite bathroom. The lodge also has a large dining and living area, as well as a swimming pool and outdoor fireplace. Guests can enjoy a range of activities during their stay, including game drives, guided walks, horse riding, and cultural visits to nearby communities.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the "Big Five" (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) as well as many other species such as giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope. The conservancy is also known for its conservation efforts, particularly in protecting endangered species such as the black rhino.

A visit to Elewana Kifaru House is to plunge into the timeless tranquility of Africa. Located within the world-famous Lewa Conservancy, home to East Africa’s healthiest black and white rhino populations, this bijou property, appropriately takes its name from the Swahili word for rhino.

A haven of luxury in the bush, guests will immediately feel at home on arrival, warmly welcomed by the friendly and attentive staff. The comfortable sitting room with well-stocked bar and elegant dining area extend out to a large, comfortably furnished terrace. Here, guests can enjoy a sunny breakfast al fresco and watch the busy goings-on at the waterhole below, or they can choose to relax by the picturesque infinity pool and enjoy the magnificent views over the distant plains.

The property luxuriates in total exclusivity with five charming thatched cottages tucked away in an oasis of vibrant lawns, filled with birdsong. All have well-appointed bedrooms, with sumptuous four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms.

With an excellent library and log fires in the lounge and dining rooms, guests can truly sink into delicious, cosy comfort during the cool evenings, and luxuriate in the peace and serenity of the African night.

Most of the Elewana Kifaru House guides are from neighbouring communities and all have an intimate understanding and exhaustive knowledge of their own ‘backyard’, which they delight in sharing with their guests.

All Kifaru House guides have been certified Bronze or Silver level by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, and they are all passionate about their land and the wildlife that they share it with. As well as the botany, palaeontology and history of Lewa, they also have an intimate knowledge of the individual rhino, cheetah and lion families that have made the Conservancy their home range.

The walking guides are trained armed rangers from the Conservancy.

How to get to Kifaru House Lewa

Lewa Main Airstrip is a 1hr flight from Wilson Airport, and a 40 minute drive from camp

  • Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight departing Nairobi Wilson
  • Once daily scheduled Safarilink flight departing Nairobi Wilson
  • Private Charters from anywhere
  • >Note – Lewa Conservancy has very strict vehicle rules
    and only authorised vehicles are allowed within the Conservancy. Visitors arriving by road have to be collected from the Conservancy headquarters
  • Road transport from Nanyuki, travel times between 2 hours and around 5 hours when traveling from Nairobi

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  • Stunning Wild Location
  • Complete Luxury Experience
  • Scheduled activities
  • Full Board Accommodation, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, water , tea, coffee
  • Game Drives opportunities

What are the 2024 Prices for Kifaru House Lewa?

Here are Kifaru House Lewa Resident Rates:

Kifaru House Lewa Rates

Game Package
Cottage Sharing Single
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4th Jan 2024 – 31st Mar 2024 KES 39,360/- PPS KES 58,940/- PP
1st Apr 2024 – 31st May 2024 KES 35,420/- PPS KES 53,090/- PP

Kifaru House Lewa Rates/Prices are in KES, Per Person, Per Night, Game Package
Safari Tent Occupancy: 3 Adults
Minimum Stay: 2 Nights

Kifaru House Lewa Game Package:
Full Board Accommodation, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, water , tea, coffee and, laundry services, scheduled game drives and scheduled activities, transfers
to/from the designated Airstrip

Drinks Supplement:
KES 6,300/- for Adults, Per Night
KES 2,800/- for Children under 18 years, Per Nighty
Drink supplement Includes: Soft drinks, house wines, beers, & select spirits.
Drink supplement Excludes: Champagne, cognacs, single malt whiskeys,
premium spirits and wines from Elewana’s exclusive cellar wine list

Lewa Conservancy Fee (Mandatory, Per Day):
Per Adult: KES 3,570.00
Per Child: KES 1,785.00

Kifaru House Lewa Children Policy/Rates

Up to 5.9 years, Sharing with Adults: FREE
6 – 12 years, Sharing with Adults: 50% of PPS
12 – 17 years in their Own Room (2 min.) 75% of PPS
1 Child (6 – 17 years) Sharing with 2 Adults: Triple Rate to apply

Vehicle Code of Conduct:
Only 4×4 vehicles which are shades of green or brown in colour are permitted on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Saloon 4×4 vehicles and mini-buses are prohibited
Exceptions to this may be authorised by Lewa Conservancy Management

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Which Hotel Facilities are available for guests at Loisaba Tented Camp?

Kifaru House Lewa provides its guests with a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Here are some of the main facilities offered by the lodge:

  1. Accommodation: Kifaru House Lewa has four spacious and elegantly decorated rooms, each with its own private verandah and en-suite bathroom. The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, fans, and heaters.
  2. Dining and living area: The lodge has a large dining and living area, where guests can enjoy meals and relax in comfortable sofas while admiring the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  3. Swimming pool: Kifaru House Lewa has a swimming pool, perfect for cooling off after a game drive or just relaxing in the sun.
  4. Outdoor fireplace: The lodge has an outdoor fireplace, where guests can enjoy a sundowner and watch the sunset over the African plains.
  5. Spa and wellness: Kifaru House Lewa offers a range of spa treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs, to help guests relax and unwind during their stay.
  6. Game drives and guided walks: The lodge provides guests with game drives and guided walks, led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the local wildlife and ecosystem.
  7. Horse riding: Kifaru House Lewa offers horse riding safaris, where guests can explore the surrounding landscape and spot wildlife from horseback.
  8. Cultural visits: The lodge organizes visits to nearby communities, providing guests with an opportunity to learn about the local culture and way of life.
  9. Wi-Fi: The lodge provides Wi-Fi in the main areas, allowing guests to stay connected with the outside world.

Kifaru House Lewa offers a range of facilities that cater to the needs and preferences of its guests, providing a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the heart of the African wilderness.

Which Rooms Types are in Kifaru House Lewa?

Kifaru House Accommodation

Five charming thatched cottages, all with well-appointed bedrooms, sumptuous four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms, the property luxuriates in total exclusivity. The cottages are surrounded by an oasis of vibrant lawns filled with birdsong and spectacular views of the plains below.

The first cottage has two bedrooms – one double and one twin – both en suite, making it ideal for a family booking. The rooms have their own entrance and are not interconnecting.

The remaining four cottages all have individual bedrooms with a king bed and en suite bathroom with shower, toilet and twin wash basins. One cottage has a beautiful Victorian-style bath and outside shower, which is enclosed by natural reed thatching for privacy, but open to the spectacular African skies.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Kifaru House Lewa?

Kifaru House Lewa provides its guests with delicious and high-quality food and drinks during their stay. The lodge's chefs use fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create a variety of dishes inspired by African and international cuisine.

Guests can enjoy a full English breakfast before setting out on their morning game drive, and a light lunch is usually served back at the lodge. In the evenings, guests can relax and enjoy a three-course dinner in the dining room or outside under the stars.

The lodge also offers a range of drinks, including a selection of fine wines, beers, and spirits, as well as soft drinks and juices. Guests can enjoy a sundowner by the outdoor fireplace, watching the sunset over the African plains, or have a drink at the bar before or after dinner.

Kifaru House Lewa can accommodate dietary requirements and preferences, such as vegetarian or gluten-free diets, with prior notice. The lodge's staff is also happy to arrange private meals for special occasions, such as romantic dinners or birthday celebrations.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Kifaru House Lewa?

Game Drives

The current fleet of game drive vehicles at Elewana Kifaru House are 4×4 open-sided Land Rovers. They are custom-designed for comfort, optimum game viewing and photography. With open sides the three rows of seats are equipped with camera stands and charging sockets.

Game drives are shared by guests, but exclusive use of a game drive vehicle can be arranged at an extra charge.

There are strict limits on the number of tourists allowed in the Conservancy at one time, which allows guests to enjoy an almost private game viewing experience. Within the protected area the wildlife is abundant and game viewing is outstanding. With one of the biggest rhino populations in Kenya, the Big 5, the rare Grevy’s zebra and plentiful sightings of lion, cheetah and all the plains game set against the magnificent backdrop of snow-capped Mt. Kenya, a game drive from Kifaru House is one of the most spectacular in Kenya.

Guided Walks

For the more adventurous, exploring the Conservancy’s diversity on foot is also an option. 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 a hands-on knowledge of rhino conservation, a bush walk from Kifaro House is an informative as well as exhilarating experience.

Ngare Ndare Forest

Another chance to leave the car behind is to visit Ngare Ndare Forest Conservancy for the day. 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 on the Canopy Walk. Guests will have a sumptuous picnic by the river where they can relax and play. There are usually elephants in the forest, so guests will be escorted by a Lewa Guide.

There is an extra cost to visit Ngare Ndare Forest only to cover the separate Conservation Fee.

Horse or Camel Riding

And for those who like to expend less energy and enjoy a loftier view getting closer to the game, horseback or camel walks are also available.

Elewana Kifaru House offers evening horse rides where guests can get up close to the plains game as they graze, indifferent and untroubled by the presence of other four-legged creatures. Although Kifaru horses are well-schooled and completely at home in the bush, riding is for experienced riders only and subject to availability. There is an additional charge and riders will be requested to fill out a questionnaire to ascertain their competency.

Elewana Kifaru House also offers evening camel rides for those without riding skills. Led by experienced Samburu handlers, camel riders can enjoy a scenic walk through the wilderness and experience the gentle, rolling pace of the traditional Samburu transport.

Camel riding is subject to availability and there is an additional charge.

Swimming Pool

Elewana Kifaru House guests can relax by the picturesque, infinity swimming pool that looks out over the vast grasslands below teeming with wildlife and the spectacular snow-capped Mount Kenya. Sunbeds and a shaded lounge area make it a perfect place to read and relax during the day.

Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners

Few places have such dramatic sunrises as Africa. From Kifaru House guests can watch the splendid dawn break and enjoy a hearty breakfast al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife. Feel part of the wilderness with the spectacular views, the scents, the colours and the pageant of wildlife all around.
“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day in the wilderness stop and watch the huge red equatorial sun sink below the horizon and savour the moments with a gin and tonic or glass of champagne.

Cultural Village Visits

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy borders the Samburu communities of Tassia and Il Ngwesi in the arid lowlands of the north, and many of the Conservancy and Lodge staff are recruited from this area. Elewana Kifaru House offers visits to neighbouring local Samburu homesteads (manyattas). For an additional fee the Samburu families will be delighted to show you round their traditional homes, built by the women from cattle dung and grass, and share their way of life with you and sell their traditional handicrafts.

Honeymoon at Kifaru House

Kifaru House Lewa is a wonderful choice for a honeymoon, offering a luxurious and romantic setting in the heart of the African wilderness. The lodge's secluded location, breathtaking views, and intimate atmosphere make it a perfect destination for couples looking for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.

During their stay, honeymooners can enjoy a range of activities, including game drives, guided walks, horse riding, and cultural visits to nearby communities. They can also relax by the lodge's swimming pool, enjoy a couples massage, or have a private candlelit dinner under the stars.

Kifaru House Lewa offers honeymoon packages that include special touches such as a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, a romantic private dinner, and a surprise gift for the couple. The lodge can also arrange for other romantic experiences, such as hot air balloon rides or helicopter tours, to make the honeymoon even more memorable.

The lodge's luxurious and spacious rooms offer a comfortable and romantic retreat, each with its own private verandah and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The lodge's staff provides exceptional service, ensuring that every aspect of the honeymoon is perfect and tailored to the couple's needs and preferences.

Kifaru House Lewa provides a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon experience, combining luxury, adventure, and wildlife in one of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the world.

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