Kifaru House in Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has just been added to the Elewana Collection’s wide-ranging luxury portfolio in East Africa. Previously available only for group bookings, the house will be available for individual room bookings from 1st April 2018.
Taking its name from the Swahili word for rhino, Kifaru House is majestically located on a hilltop overlooking Lewa, home to East Africa’s healthiest rhino population (66 black and 62 white rhinos). Constructed mainly from materials sourced locally, great care has been taken to reflect the style, character and lifestyle of the Kenya highlands.
Comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests in six individual spacious thatched-roofed bandas (private huts), the guest rooms feature opulent four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms with comfortable sitting and writing areas.
The main house offers a dining room, sitting room, fully stocked bar, two fireplaces and plenty of space to curl up with a book or socialize with other guests. There’s a terrace for al fresco dining and lounging. A few steps away is a heated infinity pool with bar, dining and lounging facilities, as well as massage rooms with breathtaking views stretching to Mount Kenya across plains teeming with wildlife.
Kifaru House was designed and built to have a minimal environmental impact. Solar panels generate electricity and heated water, while waste water is recycled to irrigate the landscaping including a lovingly tended organic kitchen garden.
Rooms start at US$615 per person, per night sharing twin/double accommodation including full board, soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, safari activities (including day and night game drives), guided bush walks, airstrip transfers, laundry and all statutory taxes.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is heralded as one of the beacons of wildlife conservation, not only in East Africa, but globally. Through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programs, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife, Lewa has reversed the critical regional decline in rhino, as well as many other endangered species.
For families living on its boundaries, the conservancy offers improved livelihood through adult education and women’s micro-credit programs, community-managed water projects, and access to healthcare at four health clinics. For thousands of children in local schools, Lewa has opened the doors to a future with more choices than the generations before them.
Guests at Elewana Kifaru House are welcome to visit the beating heart of the conservancy — a state of the art Joint Operations Centre — and meet the tracker dog team that provides anti-poaching support across all of northern Kenya.