People

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Owner

Lewa Safari Camp is the only tourist facility within the Conservancy that is owned by the Conservancy. The Lewa board subcontracted the management of the camp to Liz & Stefano Cheli, in 2009. Profits and conservancy fees generated by the camp are reinvested directly into the conservation and community efforts of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Managers – Sacha & Tamlyn Toronyi

Sacha and Tamlyn
Sacha and Tamlyn

Sacha and Tamlyn were born and raised in Zimbabwe. Sasha has been guiding and managing safari camps since 1995, is a certified Zimbabwean Professional Walking Guide with special interests in ornithology, botany and entomology and astronomy, spending many an evening with guests looking at the fabulously clear night sky.

Tamlyn obtained a Travel and Tourism Diploma in the UK then returned to her beloved Africa after a few years. She has worked in safari lodges since 2001, is an avid birder and enjoys the art of tracking and animal behaviour.

For the last 12 years, Sacha and Tamlyn have been managing camps together in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, and participated in lion research in Zimbabwe.

Sacha and Tamlyn joined Lewa Safari Camp in 2014 together with their young daughter, Meila-Mae.

Guides

Lewa Safari Camp Guides
Lewa Safari Camp Guides
The Lewa Safari Camp guides are based in camp within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and are some of the best guides in the country. Most are from neighbouring communities and have been guiding within the Conservancy for many years, some for over 15 years, they know the botany of the area, palaeontology history of the Lewa, as well as an intimate knowledge of the rhinos, cheetah and lion families. The guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified, and they also receive training directly from the Conservancy to the “Lewa Standard”.  The walking guides are trained armed rangers from the Conservancy.

The Elewana Collection

Lewa Safari Camp became a member of the Elewana Collection in 2015.  A collection of 16 boutique safari and beach properties in some of the most iconic locations in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Together with Liz & Stefano, Elewana’s priority is to keep Lewa Safari Camp the flagship of the Conservancy.  Refurbishment and training have paid off, transforming the camp into an elegant comfortable jewel, and upgrading the back of house operations to a level of ecological standard worthy of one of the most important wildlife conservancies in the world.