Lengishu is found at the centre of Borana Conservancy, surrounded by undulating hills and boasts breathtaking views of the Lengishu hills across Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Borana Conservancy is 30km North of the equator at an altitude of 2000 meters on the foothills of Mt Kenya.
Prepare for hot days and cool, sometimes windy nights.
|OWNED BY:||Minnie & Jo Machale|
|HOSTED BY:||Sheila Nemali|
|AMBIENCE & STYLE:||A stunning new home on the Borana Conservancy which looks over Kenya’s north in style and seclusion|
|X-FACTOR:||Cool, modern, beautiful – Lengishu has it all, including the world’s highest boules court (or at least we haven’t found one higher yet!). A stunning property which suits any type of group from the high flyers of New York City, to families looking to enjoy time together in seclusion.|
Lengishu sits on a hillside overlooking the north of Kenya – it is split into several bedrooms and cottages which encompasses every family dynamic. Each bedroom can be changed to suit the needs of the guests and can be changed from single to double beds with ease.
The two cottages sleep a total of four guests, and the single bedrooms, which sleep a maximum of two allow for total luxury.
The house is designed to perfection by the owner, who is an interior design by trade, and makes the most of the stunning views that it overlooks.
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.
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.
Water comes from a borehole; it is perfectly safe to shower and bathe in. Mineral water is provided in all rooms and on activities. For sustainability reasons, Lengishu tries to minimise plastic waste so, whilst all of the drinking water is mineral water, it is decanted from recyclable containers; guests are given their own aluminum water bottles which they can refill from various locations around the house and at stables. Plastic bottles have been banned on Borana Conservancy entirely.
The actual location of Lengishu is close to Borana Lodge for this exact reason – to minimise the upheaval and impact the house would have on the environment. Because of this choice of position, the house shares water and solar electricity with Borana Lodge.
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.
All lodges on Borana Conservancy are committed to the direct investment of ALL profits made from the lodge back into conservation of the local area and wildlife.
Borana’s sustainable approach focuses on the four ‘C’s’: culture, conservation, commerce and community. 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, treating several hundred people in the local area.
Guests of Lengishu can also join in with the behind the scenes work that goes on on the conservancy, including lion collaring, 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 scouts first thing every morning. 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.
All food is freshly prepared in the kitchens. The kitchens source many of the ingredients locally as well as from the kitchen gardens. The majority of fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, cream and meat are delivered daily from Kabati Regenerative Farm which is an organic, free range farm on the Eastern boundary of Borana Conservancy. If you are interested to learn more about regenerative farming, guests can enjoy a farm tour.
COMMUNICATION & ELECTRICITY
Lengishu has 24-hour power and is powered by solar. 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 house. The new solar farm is close to Lengishu and we suggest a walk up the hill to visit it.
Lengishu is open all year round. Borana Conservancy 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 Lengishu). Borana Conservancy has an airstrip at Borana for charter flights a 20-minute stunning game drive from Lengishu.
Borana Conservancy is free from the malarial mosquito.
All staff and guides speak English and Kiswahili.
Children under 5 years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 5-16 years old. Borana Conservancy has much to offer children of all ages: swimming in the pool or waterfall; exploring the river; riding on one of the Patent Security 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. 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.
Full-board accommodation, house wines, beers and soft drinks, local airstrip transfers, laundry, activities as above.
Massages are available at all times in the comfort of your own room /cottage.
|ENTIRE PROPERTY FOR UP TO 6 GUESTS|
|HIGH SEASON: $8,500|
|MID SEASON: $7,500|
|EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST: $600|
|EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD (5-15 years): $300|
Conservation fees of $115 per adult and $58 per child per night apply and are non-commissionable.
High season: 15th June to 15th September, 20th December to 5th January
Mid Season: 6th January to 14th June, 16th September to 19th December
Children under the age of 5 stay free of charge.