Borana Conservancy, Laikipia – situated 17 miles north of the Equator and 6000ft above sea level. The Lodge has panoramic views over the Samangua Valley, the Lewa Plains, the Ngare Ndare Forest and Mount Kenya beyond. The Lodge is set on a hillside overlooking a lake, which attracts herds of elephants, buffalo and the big cats.
|OWNED BY:||The Dyer Family|
|HOSTED BY:||James Lewin & Tamara Moller|
|AMBIENCE & STYLE:||A fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodge set within the vast conservation area of the Ewaso ecosystem.|
|CLIENTELE:||Anyone that appreciates Africa, intimacy and luxury at the same time as experiencing the rugged aspect of Africa on foot, horseback or a mountain bike. Ideal for families, honeymooners and the adventurous.|
|X-FACTOR:||Borana Lodge is fun, exciting and adventurous as it is quiet, romantic and relaxing – it suits any guest and they will become a lifelong fan – always wishing to return.|
Each cottage is entirely secluded with private views from bedroom and bathroom. The rooms all have their own fireplaces, which are lit every evening.
Borana Lodge is made up of four stand alone cottages; two doubles with king sized beds and two twins with queen sized beds. Each cottage has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, private veranda and fireplace, which is lit in the evenings.
There are a further two family suites with a double and twin room sharing a veranda and private dining area, one of which is more exclusive with a private plunge pool and sun deck.
The lodge has a dining room, bar, drawing room and pool area, allowing guests to relax wherever they feel most comfortable.
Capacity: 16 guest beds (four doubles and four twins) plus two twin guide rooms (four beds). The family cottage allows for up to two additional small children.
Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem. The diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya. Laikipia hosts the highest populations of endangered species: black rhino (half of Kenya’s total population), Grevy’s zebra (70% of the world’s population), reticulated giraffe, the only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest in the country and Africa’s only expanding population of wild dog. Together with Borana Conservancy’s conservation partner, the Lewa-Borana landscape hosts 12% and 14% of Kenya’s black and white rhino population respectively.
Birds: Over 350 species, including vultures, raptors and owls.
Mammals: Over 50 species including black and white rhino, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion.
Trees: 48 indigenous species have been identified.
Experience: Night and day game drives; guided wildlife, birdlife and scenic walks; horse riding (novice and experienced riders), farm tours, mountain biking, sundowners, picnics, bush dinners, ranch days, swimming pool.
Optional extras: Visits to Kisima floriculture project, cultural visits, riding and fishing excursions to Lake Rutundu and Lake Alice on Mount Kenya, fly camping, helicopter fishing on Mount Kenya or Lake Turkana, scenic flights in a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft flights, massage treatments.
Commerce is the key to conservation on Borana Conservancy. Over three generations, the Dyer family have dedicated extensive time, energy and finance to conservation. This has been achieved in a number of different ways, many of which you will see whilst visiting Borana Conservancy. These projects focus on education, local employment, health, habitat management and wildlife conservation.
Borana is committed to the direct investment of ALL profits made from the lodge back into conservation of the local area and wildlife. Borana Lodge is the only lodge in the area to be doing this, making your time here a unique and purposeful visit. In a time when travel with a purpose has become so important, your stay at Borana Lodge will enhance the local area even after you leave and return home.
Borana’s sustainable approach focuses on the four ‘C’s’: culture, conservation, commerce and community. Borana is a Long Run destination; these are careful selected for their commitment to enacting the four C’s While keeping these at the forefront of their approach, Borana continues to allow for endangered species, such as Grevy zebra, lion, elephant and rhino to thrive in peace. Borana also understands the need for a community-led approach to reaching these goals, and with this in mind, education, health and employment in local areas are always a priority, with the local mobile clinic, funded by Borana Conservancy, an average of 160 people from the local community each week.
Guests of Borana Lodge can also join in with the behind the scenes work that goes on the conservancy ranger deployment and rhino tracking. None of the rhinos on Borana have tracking devices in their horns, making it necessary for each individual rhino to be seen and identified daily. Guests can join in on the rhino tracking activity which is usually carried out by Borana Conservancy’s scouts first thing every morning. The armed anti-poaching team spend each night out at various vantage points around the conservancy. Spending time with these men while accompanying them on their evening deployments is an extremely interesting and humbling experience.
Water comes from a borehole; it is perfectly safe to shower, drink and bathe in. Mineral water is provided if preferred. For sustainability reasons, Borana Lodge is committed to minimising plastic waste so, if mineral water is required, it is decanted from recyclable containers; guests are given their own aluminium water bottles which they can refill from various locations around the lodge and at the stables. Plastic bottles have been banned on Borana Conservancy entirely.
All food is freshly prepared in the lodge kitchen. The kitchens source the vaste majority of fresh the ingredients locally as well as from the kitchen gardens. The fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, cream and meat are delivered daily from Waitabit Farm which is an organic, free range permaculture project on the Eastern boundary of Borana Conservancy. Typically, breakfasts are made up of fresh fruit, cereals and yogurt with a variety of cooked breakfast choices. Lunches are deliciously fresh and home-made, served buffet style. Dinner is a three-course affair in the dining room, or under the stars. Borana Lodge serves wines from all over the world which are paired with the meal choices. The kitchen caters for all food preferences and allergies – please inform us about any dietary requirements prior to arrival.
Lunch and dinner is usually a communal dining experience, although private meals can very easily be organised with management at the lodge.
Borana Lodge is committed to providing food which is healthy, balanced and delicious. A visit to the nearby Waitabit Farm, 440 acres of riverine forest, Acacia Savannah and a 100 acres of arable land is a must for anyone interested in where their food comes from. Borana Lodge believes in creating and sustaining a fully ‘beyond organic’ fruit and vegetable garden; always maintaining the ‘farm to fork’ idea. This holistic thinking takes into account the eco-system as a whole and has regeneration at the heart of its ethos.
Farm fresh lunches are a fantastic experience for the whole family – a private lunch experience on the banks of the Ngare Ndare River on Waitabit Farm with all food and ingredients source from the farm that day.
COMMUNICATION & ELECTRICITY
Borana Lodge has 24-hour power through a solar system. Torches are provided in the rooms. Voltage: 220 V. Outlet: Square 3-pin. Mobile phone internet service is available. There is also Wi-fi internet access from various points around the lodge.
Lodge is open all year round. Borana has warm days and cool nights with daytime temperatures between 24-28°C. Warm clothing is recommended for early mornings and evenings. Weather patterns are increasingly hard to predict, however the rains are expected twice a year: November through December and late March to the end of May. These generally comprise of clear days punctuated by short heavy rain storms.
By Road: Borana is a 4-hour drive from Nairobi and a 1-hour drive from Nanyuki.
By Air: Daily scheduled Safarilink and Airkenya flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to neighbouring Lewa Downs (1-hour drive from the Lodge). Borana Conservancy has an airstrip for charter flights a stunning 20 minute game drive to the Lodge.
Borana is free from the malarial mosquito.
All Borana guides speak English and Kiswahili.
There is an excellent shop at Borana including products from its community projects.
Massages are available at all times in the comfort of your own room/cottage (at an extra cost).
Children under 5 years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 5-16 years old. Borana has much to offer children of all ages: swimming in the pool or waterfall; exploring the river; riding on one of the horses and watching big game from the safety of the Land Rovers. The kitchen is happy to cater to the gentler palettes and earlier hours that often suit younger guests and to host cooking lessons for those interested. If there are little ones who need to be in bed before their parents, a listening service is always on hand.
Conservation fees are included in your accommodation rate.
By personal cheque or cash. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Full-board accommodation; house wines, beers and soft drinks; local airstrip transfers; laundry; activities as above.
|per adult||single room||per child sharing
child (under 15 yrs)
ROOMS 7, 8