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A World Heritage Site

Lewa is not only a world class Conservancy, it is also a proud World Heritage Site

In late June 2013, the World Heritage Committee extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest . Through this proud designation, Lewa and Ngare Ndare joined other famous international natural and cultural treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Galápagos Islands, Lake Turkana, the Great Rift Valley Lakes,the Taj Mahal, Fort Jesus and Lamu Old Town . The site continues to be known as the Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest to allow for future nominations beyond Lewa's boundaries to also be included.

World Heritage is a prestigious recognition for places of outstanding universal value to humanity that, as such, have been inscribed on the list to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. The World Heritage Committee considered Lewa and Ngare Ndare for their outstanding natural beauty, as well as their varied and impressive ecosystems and biodiversity.

Lewa and Ngare Ndare are connected to Mount Kenya through the elephant corridor. This innovative 'highway' was constructed in 2010 to alleviate human-elephant conflict by providing a safe passage for the pachyderms as they moved back and forth between the various landscapes. Steered by the Mount Kenya Trust with crucial support from Lewa, Kisima Farm, Marania Farm, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, Borana Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service , the historic passage way now serves as a route for landscape connectivity, stretching from the mountain through Lewa and onwards north into the wide expanse of the Samburu region.

This designation as a World Heritage Site is a true testament of the hard work and dedication to all who have helped build Lewa into the Conservancy that it is today - a global model for protected area management and a catalyst for conservation.