Articles tagged with: Lewa Wilderness

Black Rhino Mating

on Thursday, 23 August 2012. Posted in Laikipia, Photography, 2012

Black Rhino Mating

Probably my most unique sighting of my life so far, 2 black rhino mating (and calf beside) with the backdrop of a clear Mount Kenya. Special.

Lucky on Lewa

on Monday, 27 June 2011. Posted in Laikipia, 2011, Kenya

Lewa, Kenya

Lucky on Lewa

Paul, Judy, Olivia, Brad and Amy arrived safely in Nairobi and we immediately jumped into our private charter Cessna with my friend Tom, our pilot, and flew direct to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. It was a gloomy start to the flight but all quickly changed as we crossed the equator and the clouds parted to reveal Mount Kenya rising above the Rift Valley with its verdant slopes and cragged peaks. Cruising over indigenous forest, trout filled tarns and expansive wheat fields we descended to Lewa airstrip whilst catching a quick glimpse of a few elephant and buffalo herded around the swamp.

Cats on Lewa

on Tuesday, 28 September 2010. Posted in Laikipia, 2010

It’s not all about the cats but seeing one on every game drive is fantastic

Cats on Lewa

So expectations were high after our first day on Lewa but I had to reiterate that things could slow down a little from here on in, actually they haven’t at all. A horse ride across the plains followed by a surprise bush breakfast under the shade of a stunning Tortilis tree began the morning. ‘How about going to see if we can find some elephant in the swamp’ I said. ‘Yeah that would be good but can we also find some lion?’ Riley responded. Well of course you know what my reply was: ‘It’s getting a little hot now so they are probably hiding in the shade’. Well they were not, they were hunting. Seriously, how wrong can a guide be? Anyway, the 3 young lion from the night before were eyeing up a warthog. Only a year old and having lost their mum prematurely they are probably not as deadly as they should be. They showed themselves and the warthog shot off. Next an impala but again failure so they slumped under an acacia for a siesta. It will be a struggle for the 3 of them but, with time, I hope they learn the ropes and make it into adulthood.

A Manor of giraffe and a Lewa of cats

on Monday, 27 September 2010. Posted in Laikipia, 2010

A Manor of giraffe and a Lewa of cats

Diana, Kevin, Riley and Weston woke early to a tall of giraffe. The look on their faces was priceless as, although expected, they were astounded by the view that met them at breakfast. Giraffes everywhere, small ones and big ones with heads inside windows and heads outside windows, all munching on tasty pre-made pellets fed to them by the hands (and sometimes mouths!) of humans. The unique experience offered by Giraffe Manor in a quiet suburb of a bustling African capital city cannot be equalled.

Rain or shine, nothing beats being on safari!

on Wednesday, 07 April 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

Rain or shine, nothing beats being on safari!

The Allain-Launay family landed in Nairobi to a gloomy morning, but with a quick charter flight through the central highlands and onto Lewa the skies opened up to reveal a stunning wilderness destination. It is always difficult to say when the best time to visit our beautiful country is but even now, in our long rainy season, it has its benefits. The grass is lush, the animals are thriving and the air is refreshingly pure. The onset of the rains bring about a drastic change in every eco-system – the mammals are breeding, the birds are nesting and the insects are pollinating. It is truly a hive of activity in every way.

Giraffe Manor and then to the bush

on Thursday, 21 January 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

Giraffe Manor and then to the bush

Jackie Essex and Mica Bergman, 2 Texan ladies, absolutely loved their first 2 nights in Africa at the famed Giraffe Manor. After a long journey it has the perfect tranquil surroundings to relax and acclimatise before heading off into the wilderness for an adventure packed safari through East Africa. Some shopping and sightseeing in Nairobi started us off before jumping on our private charter flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

on Saturday, 02 January 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Conservation, Kenya, 2010

A catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Having watched the amazing blue moon rise at Elsa’s Kopje, we were given a great send off in Meru by a huge male elephant who blocked the road for 10 minutes refusing to budge. Dwarfed by his gigantic size I thought better than to take on a six ton animal and he finally let us pass as he disappeared into the bush with a final trumpet and flap of his ears.