Space for wildlife is shrinking as our human population grows, bringing challenges for both wildlife and people. Staying with us you can become engaged with this challenge in many ways.
One of the most popular is helping to train the tracker dogs. These are delightfully sloppy blood hounds who come with their handlers. A group of people pretends to be poachers and run away into the bush and hide, and then the dogs follow until they find the ‘culprit.’ It’s a game of hide-and-seek with a purpose
It’s also fun to go on an expedition to recover the data from the camera traps on the wildlife corridors and to talk with the rangers who protect this wildlife. There are currently orphaned rhino who it’s possible to visit at feeding time. Finding a rhino’ tickley spot, making its legs wobbly until it rolls onto its back is a truly life-changing experience.
Cultural and archaeological
The Il n’gwesi people (Northern Masai) to our north, have a fascinating history and culture. Visiting them is an authentic and engaging experience.
The Il n’gwesi masai suffered huge loss of life during the masai inter-clan clashes in the mid 1800s and those who survived found refuge with the hunter-gathers in the forest. They learnt how to hunt elephants — whose tusks they had no use for — but found them to be in demand from Arab traders. They recovered their wealth, bought back cattle and re-established their pastoralist way of life. Many of these skills have become part of their culture which they will demonstrate to you.
Going to visit the Il n’gwesi people will take almost a full day so we’ll pack you off with a delicious picnic breakfast or lunch. It’s a rough road and between driving slowly, game driving and observing local life, the trip can take up to two hours. The village charges visitors $30 per person.
Archeological remains of much earlier occupation of the area are found all Lewa and are some of Kenya’s best archeological sites outside the Rift Valley. The hill on which Lewa House is built is home to warrior graves many thousands of years old. They were a tall race who communicated with rock gongs. Later people developed these gongs into a game that’s now played all over Africa.
We show our kids all the fun places they can explore on Lewa, so we’ll show your children too. Our daughter’s adept at catching fresh water crabs and is very happy to show others how to join in the fun. There are numerous rocky outcrops which children of all ages enjoy clambering about on with some big enough to challenge the parents too.
It’s a game drive to go to all these fun spots and we recommend breaking up long game drives with active stops to let your children run off steam. Picnic suppers for kids while adults enjoy sundowners, early meals and child care can all easily be arranged specially for you. We can be flexible and make it fun for all.