Lewa Downs - Mt Kenya - Kenya

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One of Kenya's original ranches, Lewa Downs has been the Craig family home since 1924 when the family came out from England and began to raise cattle here. Today, Wilderness Trails offers relaxed, understated stays in the ranch house and cottages coupled with an unparalleled wildlife experience.

This is one of the very few places where you will see such a remarkable variety of animals interacting with their peers in their natural habitat. During your stay you may see everything from elephant to dikdik, including reticulated giraffe, eland, hartebeeste, warthog, impala, Grants gazelle, buffalo and bushbuck. There are both Burchells and Grevy zebra on the ranch as will as lion, leopard, cheetah and both black and white rhino. To see and photograph the animals, you may go on game walks, horseback or camel expeditions, or day and night drives in custom-made four-wheel drive vehicles.The experienced resident naturalist guides know all the best spots for sightings and enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with guests. Cultural visits to Maasai bomas, trout fishing, visits to prehistoric sites and other local workshops are amongst the many activities on offer.

Up to sixteen guests are accommodated in eight thatched cottages, with private bathrooms.The architecture uses cut lava stone, strong wooden pillars and thatched roofs. Each has a central rondavel-style living room with comfortable chairs set around a fireplace and a large verandah overlooking the river. Guests have the use of the pool and the main house.

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