UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS
In June 2013, UNESCO extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest. The three areas are connected by the pioneering elephant corridor that has helped reconnect the ecosystems of Mount Kenya with the lower altitude areas of Ngare Ndare and Lewa. This designation placed Lewa on the world’s platform amongst other internationally renowned natural and cultural treasures.
IUCN GREEN LIST
Lewa is one of only two properties in Africa to feature on the first Green List honour by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN Green List is generally considered as the first global standard for protected natural and conservation sites.
The Conservancy has been particularly recognised for its excellence in wildlife conservation as well as its numerous community development programmes in education, health, women and youth empowerment that have transformed thousands of lives. Read more…
SILVER AWARD – BEST IN POVERTY REDUCTION
Lewa’s efforts to improve the lives of thousands of its neighbours through tangible benefits such as provision of educational opportunities, healthcare, micro-enterprise and accessibility to safe and clean water earned it accolades and a silver award from the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2014.
The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. The Awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people.
RUNNER UP- BEST CONSERVATION ORGANISATION
Lewa was awarded the runner up position in wildlife conservation by the Safari Awards in November, 2014.
Finalists in the Safari Awards are amongst the top not just in Africa but worldwide, and the Safari Award Winners are unquestionably the best, their reputation earned through excellence recognised by independent industry experts. Nominations are received from over a thousand luxury travel professionals, hundreds of readers of Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Brides and Travel Africa Magazine.