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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy- A Destination That Gave Birth to the Royal Fairy-tale Romance

Do you fancy a Kenya wildlife safari? Get ready to enjoy an epic Kenya safari tour to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This

Kenya safari to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy takes us to Kenya which is located in the eastern region of the African continent along geographical co-ordinates of 0.02254oN 37.4409oE. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in central Kenya, Meru county, south of Isiolo town, but its north of Mount Kenya and its bordered by Leparau community conservancy in the north, II Ngwesi Community Trust in the northwest, Borana Wildlife Conservancy in the west, Ngare Ndare forest in the south and the A2 road in the east.

On exploring this tropical African savanna paradise on this Africa safari tour, you are in a position to get to know about the successful conservation story of Lewa conservancy which can be traced back to the Craig and Douglas family which came to the plains of Lewa in 1922 and carried out cattle ranching on these lands. The Craig family valued the wildlife biodiversity that existed here and worked in harmony alongside these animals that also called these plains their home as well.

The creation of Lewa as we know it

The Lewa area was an area with numerous black rhinos but due to poaching the numbers for these animals had greatly reduced to a bare minimum. The Craig family and Mrs Anna Merz in 1983 decided to establish a fence along the boundaries of the western end of Lewa downs hence creating a wildlife sanctuary for the animals that existed here. The new sanctuary was further stocked with more rhinos from various parts of Kenya and after a few years here these rhinos formed relations and started breeding hence growing their population in the reserve. 10 years later, the rhino population grew and it necessitated the proprietors to expand the sanctuary hence they extended the boundaries to cover the southern Ngare Ndare forest. Although the boundaries were enclosed with a fence, migratory routes were left in some parts to allow free migration of animals between the Lewa and the neighbouring conservation areas. As of today, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy holds about 13% of all the rhinos in Kenya totalling to about 138 of both black and white rhinos. The Craig family handed over the management of the reserve to a nonprofit organization that runs its activities up to today.

 Lewa the place that gave birth to the royal romance fairy-tale story

Are you a staunch fun of the British royal family? Well, an Africa safari tour to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is something you should seriously consider because this conservancy holds sentimental values to you and other British and all well-wishers of the British royal family as it was right on these plains that prince William 2nd in line to the throne that he proposed to the then his girlfriend Kate Middleton on the 19th October 2010.

A Kenya safari tour to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an epitome of Kenya safaris as it comes with incredible views of a myriad of wild game besides rhinos and these include Africa’s big five ie lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffaloes and of course the rhinos, other animals that roam these plains include the reticulated giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, sitatungas, African wild dogs, Grevy’s zebras.  although Lewa Conservancy is a stunning safari in Kenya destination to be reckoned with given its magical wildlife biodiversity that is found within the fence walls of this conservancy it’s just one of the many epic Kenya safaris destinations that will give you nothing less of epic views of wild mammals. You can definitely have memorable encounters of wildlife when you make Kenya safari visit to as Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park. Since the Kenya grasslands are part of the great east African savanna grassland plains that extend into the east African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania as well, it’s not so shocking to have a similar wildlife encounter in these countries just like the one in Kenya. A Tanzania wildlife safari that completely mimics a Kenya safari experience takes you on a Tanzania safari journey to numerous Tanzania wildlife safaris destinations such as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Park and Serengeti National Park. In Uganda you can have encounters with similar wild mammals when you make a Uganda wildlife safari visit to Kidepo valley national park Uganda Murchison falls national park Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park for your ultimate encounter with numerous wild mammals. However what makes a Uganda safari to these national parks is its possibility of undertaking a boat cruise in three of these national parks ie as Lake Mburo National Park Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park Uganda While on a Uganda tour to Murchison falls national park you can undertake a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, hike to the top of these falls and you will understand why these falls are called the world’s most powerful waterfalls because at the top of these falls you are in the best position to see water as it wrestles with nothing but itself through an 8 meter gorge before it finally cascades 43meters below creating as well as its signature rainbow a plume of spray that will shower you although not getting you fully wet. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can enjoy a boat cruise on the tranquil but turquoise waters of the Kazinga channel. While enjoying this boat cruise you have an opportunity to see a wide variety of mammals that reside on the savanna plains of Kasenyi. On this beautiful Uganda tour boat cruise, you have the best chance to view the various water animals that live here like the numerous schools of hippos and the jaw dropping and enormous Nile crocodiles.

The birding destination you need

Lewa wildlife conservancy isn’t only revered for its incredibly beautiful encounters with wildlife but also its also a Kenya birding destination that you should never miss out in case you visit Kenya. A birding safari Kenya to Lewa comes with a possibility of sighting several of the 350 bird species that are found here and these include eastern chanting goshawk, grey crown cranes, secretary birds, Somali ostrich, northern anteater chat, amethyst sunbird, blue cheeked bee-eater. A birding trip in Lewa conservancy can be likened to a Uganda birding safari experience to Kidepo valley National Park although a birding trip to Kidepo is quite another thing altogether as it comes with a possibility of sighting several of the 475 bird species which include endemic species such as Karamoja Apalis, White-bellied go-away bird, Great white turaco, Pygmy falcon, Clapperton’s and Heuglins francolins, Giant hornbill. Other birding destinations in Uganda include Mambamba island which gives you an opportunity.

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