Borana Conservancy, Laikipia – situated 17 miles north of the equator and 6000ft above sea level. Laragai has panoramic views into the Northern Frontier District, across the Borana Conservancy and up to Mount Kenya.
|OWNED BY:||George & Lucilla Stephenson|
|HOSTED BY:||Bimbi Dyer|
|AMBIENCE & STYLE:||An extravagant private house ideal for a house party in the African bush. Exclusive-use only – the house is entirely at the guests’ disposal and their stay impeccably managed.|
|CLIENTELE:||Anyone that appreciates Africa, intimacy and luxury at the same time as experiencing the rugged aspect of Africa on foot, on horseback or on a mountain bike. Ideal for families, weddings, anniversaries and parties.|
|X-FACTOR:||This private house can arguably have one of the best views in Kenya, all the while keeping a feel of privacy and exclusivity.|
Laragai House is set in magnificent splendour within a rich and colourful garden. A heated swimming pool with a deck overlooks a small dam, which attracts herds of elephants, buffalo and often prides of lion. Laragai House has eight bedrooms: four luxurious double rooms and two twin rooms complete with spacious en-suite bathrooms plus two children’s twin rooms sharing a bathroom The two master bedrooms have fireplaces.
Total capacity: 16 guests.
Guide rooms: A double room is available in the manager’s house.
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.
Mammals: Over 50 species including black rhino, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion.
Birds: Over 350 species.
Trees: 48 indigenous species have been identified.
Experience through: Night and day game drives, guided wildlife, birdlife and scenic walks, horse riding (novice and experienced riders), mountain biking, sundowners, picnics, bush dinners; ranch days, swimming pool, clay tennis court (racquets and balls provided), games room, satellite TV, large selection of DVDs, tennis-table room, boules, croquet and gym with yoga equipment, bike, rowing machine and cross trainer.
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, massage treatments and day and overnight trips on quad bikes and buggies.
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. Focusing on education, poverty alleviation and employment, health, habitat management and wildlife conservation, some of their many projects include:
The Laikipia Wildlife Forum: while visiting the Borana Conservancy you will now get the chance to see Rhino as Borana has recently finished the relocation of 21 Black Rhinos who are now all settled in and calling the conservancy home.
The Seven Elephants Tree Nursery: Produces more than 30,000 trees annually for reforestation efforts.
Borana Mobile Clinic: Focuses on AIDS awareness, family planning and immunisation for babies.
Education Support Programme: Raising money for five local primary schools
All water comes from a borehole. It is perfectly safe to shower and bathe in. Mineral water is provided in all rooms and on activities. All water is decanted and metal bottles are given to guests for the duration of their stay. All plastic bottles are banned on Borana Conservancy.
All food is freshly prepared in the kitchen. The kitchen staff source as many of the ingredients locally from the farm produce as well as the kitchen garden. Typically fresh fruit, cereals and a variety of cooked breakfast, home-made buffet lunches and three-course dinners in the dining room or under the stars. Laragai House can cater for all food preferences and allergies – please inform us about any dietary requirements prior to arrival.
COMMUNICATION & ELECTRICITY
Laragai runs on a generator from 6-10am and 6pm-midnight; however through batteries and an inverter system, power is available 24-hrs. Flashlights are provided in the rooms. Voltage: 220 V. Outlet: Square 3-pin. There is mobile phone service and mobile internet service. Strong Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
Laragai 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 you can expect the rains to come twice a year in November and late March to the end of May. These generally comprise of clear days punctuated by short heavy rain storms.
By Road: Laragai 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 Laragai). There is an airstrip on Borana Conservancy for charter flights, a 10-minute drive from the house. Laragai House also has its own helicopter landing site and airstrip next to the property.
Borana is free from the malarial mosquito.
Laragai House guides and staff all speak English and Kiswahili.
Children under 5 years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 5-16 years old. Laragai has much to offer children of all ages: swimming in the pool or waterfall; exploring the river; riding on one of the Ngare Ndare ponies 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. For those who need to be in bed before their parents, a listening service is always on hand.
Conservation Fees for Borana Conservancy are included in your accommodation rate.
By personal cheque or cash. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Exclusive use of vehicle, full-board accommodation, all drinks except luxury spirits, special wines and champagne, local airstrip transfers, laundry, activities as per above.
Luxury spirits, special wines and champagne, activities as per above.
|exclusive use (max 6 guests)||extra adult per night||extra child(5-12 yrs)|
Children under the age of 5 stay free.
|High Season : 1st June – 10th September 2019, 20th December 2019 – 5th January 2020|
|Mid Season: 6th January – 31st May 2019, 11th September – 19th December 2019.|