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  • Overview
  • Accommodations
  • Amenities
  • Activities
  • Dining
  • Location

Elewana Kifaru House is the jewel of the famous Lewa Conservancy, home to East Africa’s most thriving population of black and white rhinos – in fact, it takes its name from the Swahili word for rhino. The resident rhinos share the plains with the single largest population in the world of the critically endangered Grevy’s zebra.

With a watering hole near Elewana Kifaru House and the distant plains stretching out beyond it, the camp is a haven of luxury amidst wild habitats that are home to more than 70 different animal species and over 440 bird species. It’s a warm and welcoming home hidden away in the pristine African wilderness, with dramatic views of Mount Kenya to the south and the promise of adventures to come in the arid lands of Tassia and Il Ngwesi.

Recognizing the value of time well spent with family and friends, the Elewana Collection introduces discerning travelers to East Africa through impeccably designed lodges that invite true relaxation, as well as the thrill of a real adventure. Complementing their locations in prime game-viewing areas, on quiet white-sand beaches or even in a coffee plantation, are lavish comforts, including fresh cotton sheets, elegant rooms and gourmet meals. Family-friendly, individually styled and exuding warm and personalized hospitality, the lodges are a savvy blend of high-class safari and low-impact tourism. Guests are encouraged to become part of the local community and conservation projects, thereby returning home with a piece of East Africa instilled in their hearts forever.

Accommodations

At Elewana Kifaru House, guests are welcomed into one of five charming thatched cottages, each with well-appointed bedrooms, opulent four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms. One cottage has two bedrooms each with private entrance making it ideal for families, while another cottage features a beautiful Victorian-style bath and outdoor shower, enclosed by natural reed thatching, yet open to the sky above.

Amenities

Guests are immediately at home at Elewana Kifaru House, welcomed by a team of friendly and attentive staff who go out of their way to make every moment comfortable and memorable. A lovely sitting room with a well-stocked bar, an elegant dining room and a furnished terrace invite congenial conversation – and, often sightings of the resident rhino that frequents the watering hole. Before or after game drives, there’s an opportunity to dip into the picturesque infinity pool and at day’s end, an excellent library, log fires in the lounge and dining rooms encourage quiet, reflective moments, savoring a unique sense of exclusivity afforded by Elewana Kifaru House.

Activities

Of course, game drives are an integral part of one’s stay at Elewana Kifaru House. Their fleet of 4×4 open-sided Land Rovers is at the ready, designed for optimal game viewing and photography. Trained Samburu rangers lead guided walks through the Conservancy, looking for local floral and fauna and tracks, all the while sharing their hands-on knowledge on rhino conservation and the region’s history and culture. Days may include a visit to the neighboring Samburu communities of Tassia and Il Ngwesi, where families are delighted to show guests around their traditional homes and invite them into their local way of life. Other optional activities include camel- and horseback riding, day trips to Ngare Ndare forest for a dip in clear blue spring waters and a canopy tour.

Dining

Starting with a dramatic sunrise over the plains as you enjoy a hot beverage in your cottage followed by a hearty al fresco breakfast, Elewana Kifaru House guests are wined and dined in style. Picnic breakfast and lunches are always available and at the lodge, during the day guests can dine either on the terrace or by the infinity pool. In the evenings guests are hosted at the Captains Table next to a roaring fire where the sound of animated conversation fills the air. Dinner is a set menu complemented by a premium wine list. Individual dietary requests can be satisfied with advance notice. At day’s end, as the amber sun sinks below the horizon, guests toast another incredible day with a refreshing sundowner.

Location

Elewana Kifaru House is a 45-minute flight from Wilson Airport, followed by a 15 minute drive from Lewa Airstrip to the property. The camp coordinates are 0˚13’21.9” N 37˚27’53.4” E and it is located within the Lewa Conservancy.