Borana Conservancy lies on the slopes of Mount Kenya which is on the equator at 6,500 feet above sea level. Borana Lodge was established in 1993 and was the first property to be built in the conservancy. In 2007 the owners, the Dyer family, made a conscious decision to commit all the profit from the commercial activities on Borana to supporting conservation. By staying at Borana as a guest, you are making a direct contribution to helping the conservancy on its sustainable journey, ensuring any profit go back into the eco-system and protecting it for generations to come.
Each room overlooks the dam where elephants come to bathe.
English, French and Swahili
Adventure, Conservation, The Big 5, Horse-riding, Birding, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fly Camping, Indigenous Culture/Art, Wildlife, Relaxation and Star Gazing.
Scheduled flights fly from Nairobi Wilson airport to Lewa Downs. The Borana Lodge guides will collect you from Lewa Downs and it is approximately a one hour game drive to Borana Lodge. Our reservations team can arrange all your flights for you. Alternatively we can arrange for a private charter flight to pick you up from your preferred location and land at Borana Airstrip. The Borana Lodge guides will collect you and it’s a 15 minute game drive to the lodge.
For those wishing to drive from Nairobi, it is approximately a 5 hour drive to Borana Lodge.
Borana Lodge comprises of eight rooms across six cottages that are made entirely from local materials without compromising on comfort. The expansive glass windows in the bedrooms and bathrooms frame the dramatic landscape and guests can experience a private view of the animals and birdlife drinking from the dam. All rooms our fitted with large, open fireplaces and have en-suite bathrooms with both showers and baths. Borana Lodge is family-friendly yet also provides a romantic setting for honeymooners.
- Four unique stand-alone cottages ideal for couples or single travelers.
- Two family cottages that consist of a double and a twin with shared central areas to fit two adults and three children comfortably.
- Baby-sitting services
- Communal dining and private dining options available
- Dressing gowns
- Eco-friendly hair-dryers
- Infinity swimming pool
- In-house masseuse and beautician
- Malaria Free
- Mini bar in selected rooms
- Onsite shop including products from its community projects
- Phone/camera charging facilities
- Private Vehicle Hire
- Wifi and phone signal.
Top 5 Things To Do
- Experience the original Pride Rock from Disney’s The Lion King, walk up to this famous rock and enjoy sundowners whilst taking in the panoramic view
- Go for an early morning horse-ride, gallop with giraffe and come up close with other wildlife. Stop in a secluded valley for a picnic breakfast of fresh fruit, bacon and eggs whilst sitting under an olive tree.
- Take the family to the Ngare Ndare Forest, there are some magnificent rock pools, where the clear blue spring water gushes out the side of the hill. There is a fabulous canopy walk making it possible to get up close and personal with a Hartlaub’s turaco or even an elephant.
- Borana is home to the largest Permaculture project in East Africa. Nestled on the eastern bank of the Ngare Ndare River is Waitabit Farm, 440 acres of riverine forest, Acacia savannah and a 100 acres of arable land. Take a tour of the farm with Llewellyn Dyer, the manager, who is extremely passionate about the way it operates and the innovative systems which are in place. The idea of Waitabit is to reduce the gap between farm and fork, ensuring all guests at Borana Lodge eat local, fresh food which is not only good for one’s health but also good for the soul.
- Experience rhino tracking – The Borana Conservancy rangers are required to see each individual rhino once a day. Guests have the opportunity to head out with the rangers, on foot, first thing in the morning, to track and identify an individual rhino. Viewing such large creatures provides an exhilarating experience as well as an insight into the life of a member of the Borana Conservancy anti-poaching team.
- From $600 per adult sharing per night and $300 per child sharing per night (5-15years old).
- Children under 5 years stay free of charge
- Included in this rate is full board accommodation, local airstrip transfers, sundowner excursions, soft drinks, beers, house wines and selected house spirits, Laundry and wifi, activities including shared game drives, guided bush walks, horse-riding, mountain biking, behind the scenes conservation activities and Farm to Fork experience.
- Each guests pays a conservation fee of $150 per adult and $75 per child per night.
- Discounted rates are available for East African Residents. Contact us for further information.
- Terms and conditions apply
“Staying at Borana Lodge was the absolute highlight of our honeymoon and everything we’d dreamed of a safari experience being. The room we stayed in, Lodge 1, was absolutely a haven of peace and quiet – it really feels like you’re the only people in the world and the VIEW is so unreal. Trip of a lifetime.”
Toby and Kirsty, October 2019
“From the moment we arrived on the private landing strip, to the moment we left, we were treated as family rather than guests. Not only did we get to see the “Big 5” and every other animal you can think of on our morning and evening game drives, our guides were personable, thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable. Each meal was unique ranging from a surprise breakfast in the bush, to sundowners on Pride Rock. Each staff member went out of their way to make this a truly once in a lifetime experience.”
Kevin C, October 2019
Borana Lodge offers some of the most thrilling, authentic and unique ways to encounter Kenya’s wildlife and wilderness thanks to its conservation efforts. Guests are able to enjoy the pristine wilderness first hand, be it walking through the bush, horse riding on ranch horses or mountain bikes, driving in the open-top safari vehicles, or lounging at the infinity pool and enjoying the view. Borana is a private property so there is guaranteed exclusivity, making it an extremely personal experience and allowing for one to be totally immersed in nature.