Welcome to Part 2 of our talk with Calum and Sophie from Lewa House in northern Kenya. In this episode we look at their safaris operations. They offer a wide range of safari activities and we discuss these and how Lewa House fits into a safari itinerary, either at the beginning of a safari in Kenya or at the end.
However, this episode's our main focus is on Lewa as a Wildlife Conservancy, protecting endangered black rhinos and Grevy’s zebras, among the other wildlife.
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We pick up the story in this podcast episode with the history of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, how it came about to protect the black rhinos of Kenya. David Attenborough is also mentioned as he stayed on Lewa when the BBC were filming 'Africa' and he was required to be seen in different habitats.
We also discover the research that is ongoing on Lewa conservancy and new findings on different animal and plant species. That leads us on to learning about animal movements, so over large distances through wildlife corridors from Samburu in the north to Mt. Kenya.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is IUCN Green listed which is awarded to wildlife areas that are managed exceptionally well. It has also been awarded a UN Biosphere protection award.
We also discuss the future of safaris and wildlife in Kenya and the future looks very bright with the intention to expand further wildlife corridors and for there to be more low impact tourism. This is perhaps the time to adjust tourism for the future and this is recognised by the Kenya government. The future for Kenya safaris and in particular for Lewa House and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy looks very bright.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking with both Sophie and Calum from Lewa House and again it has been a truly informative experience across many aspects of safaris and conservation initiatives. A theme we aim to continue with interviews from around the world.