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 were born and raised in Zimbabwe. Sasha has been guiding and managing safari camps since 1995, is a certified Zimbabwean Professional Walking Guide and is one of Africa’s top guides, with a specialty in ornithology, botany and entomology. Sasha also has a great interest in astronomy, spending many a night teaching guests about the romantic mythology of the constellations.
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 quite talented in 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. They’ve participated in lion research in Zimbabwe, captured incredible wildlife images that have won photographic competitions and they love to share stories of their close wildlife encounters.
Sacha and Tamlyn joined Lewa Safari Camp in 2014 together with their 14-month old daughter, Meila-Mae.
Liz & Stefano Cheli – Management
Liz & Stefano are charged with the management of Lewa Safari Camp. With a successful group of lodges of their own, Tortilis Camp, Amboseli; Elsa’s Kopje, Meru National Park; Joy’s Camp, Shaba National Reserve; Kitich Camp, the Mathews Mountains; and Elephant Pepper Camp in Mara North Conservancy – Liz & Stefano’s priority was to make Lewa Safari Camp the flagship of the Conservancy. Refurbishment and training have paid off, transforming the camp into an elegant comfortable jewel, reaching the “Cheli & Peacock standard”; 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.
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 the neighbouring communities and have been guiding within the Conservancy for many years, some for over 15 years. 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 Conservancy is famous for its large and successful rhino population, as well as the rest of the Big Five. First class guides, they know the botany of the area, palaeontology history of the area as well as an intimate knowledge of the rhinos, cheetah and lion families.
The walking guides are trained armed rangers from the Conservancy.