Lengishu

Lengishu is an exclusive-use family home offering unparalleled luxury accommodation in Laikipia at the heart of Kenya’s 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy, the country’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary. Nestled into a ridge with stunning views across the Laikipia plains and deep into the Northern Frontier, Lengishu is a luxury home for up to 12 guests, offering sustainable tourism and safari adventures at a leading “big five’ wildlife destination.

A full team of staff are on hand making stays effortless, offering guests the freedom to choose their own itinerary, not bound by the constraints of other safari lodges. Activities are in abundance and again fully flexible, including private game drives both on land and by air, mountain biking and horse riding through the conservancy, as well as the rare opportunity to aid with the conservation efforts by helping to track rhino on foot.

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Type

Luxury private home

No. Rooms

Six beautifully appointed bedrooms within four cottages which are situated away from the main house

Special Features

A u-shaped pool overlooking the 32,000 acre conservancy surrounded by a games room with a sundowner bar and dining room.

Spoken Languages

English and Swahill

Check-In Time

11.00am

Check-Out Time

10.00am

Special Interests

Wildlife, View the ‘big 5’ year round, Horse-riding, Mountain Biking, Conservation, Pétanque, Hiking, Visit the iconic Pride Rock, Fishing in the dam, Art and Yoga.

Area

Borana Conservancy is a non-malarial area.

Location

The SCC office can arrange for a private charter flight to pick you up from your preferred location and land at Borana Airstrip. Alternatively, scheduled flights fly from Nairobi Wilson airport to Lewa Downs. The Lengishu guides will pick you up from Lewa Downs and it is approximately a one hour game drive to Lengishu from Lewa Downs. The Lengishu guides will collect you and its a 15 minute game drive to the lodge.  There is a private helicopter pad at Lengishu for adventures and transfers across Kenya. 

 

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Room Information

Lengishu features six beautifully appointed bedrooms within four cottages, which are situated apart from the main house. All rooms face east over the valley below, offering spectacular sunrise views. Fish Eagle and Goshawk are standalone double rooms, perfect for couples.

The Upper and Lower Cottages work well for guests travelling with young children or couples on safari together, with the bedrooms leading off a shared sitting room that is found at the centre of the cottage. All bedrooms are spacious with fireplaces or wood burning stoves for the cooler evenings, and have en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and freestanding copper bathtubs. Floor to ceiling windows provide majestic views of the undulating plains beyond, perfect for game viewing whilst enjoyed a hot bath.

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Amenities

  • Games room – billards and dart board
  • Gym
  • Hair dryers and dressing gowns
  • In-house masseuse
  • Pétanque pitch
  • Phone/camera charging facilities
  • Pizza oven
  • Private sundowner spot
  • Solar heating system
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi and phone signal
  • Yoga and art studio

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Top 5 Things To Do

  • Take a helicopter ride to The Suguta Valley which is beautifully remote. A scenic flight will take you over this hugely diverse landscape, weaving along rivers into the arid North that needs to be seen to be believed. Before returning to Lengishu for dinner, a stop at Reteti elephant orphanage is highly recommended. This is a community owned and run project at the foot of the Matthews Mountains.
  • Go rhino tracking on foot with your private guide Nisaa. The team must set out every morning to see and account for each rhino on the Conservancy. Learn more about the behind the scenes work that goes into the Conservancy and take the opportunity to meet the team that keep the rhino safe.
  • Game drive across Borana conservancy to get close to the “Big 5” year round and other abundant wildlife. Enjoy the pristine game viewing and epic views in almost complete privacy.
  • Challenge your friends and family to a game of Pétanque. Lengishu’s regulation Pétanque pitch provides a wonderful way to stay active during the heat of the day.
  • There are a number of traditional Maasai settlements to the north of Borana who are keen to share their culture. A village elder will give you a short history of their tribe and a tour of their village. This experience typically ends with a celebratory dance with audience participation hugely encouraged.

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Rates

  • From $8000 for exclusive use of the house for up to six guests / $1333 per guest per night
  • Any additional adult per night is $600 per adult per night and $300 per child (5-15yrs)
  • $150 per adult per night conservation fees and $75 per child per night
  • Included in this rate is full board accommodation, local airstrip transfers, sundowner excursions, soft drinks, beers, house wines, house spirits, swimming pool and Pétanque pitch, laundry and wifi, game drives (day and night), guided bush walks, mountain biking, behind the scenes conservation activities and one horse-riding excursion per person.
  • Terms and conditions apply

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Testimonials

“Hats off to the architecture and interior designers of Lengishu. The details are incredible – wherever you look there is something fascinating.”

The Sheta Family, August 2019

“This is by far the best place I’ve ever been in Africa. Great accommodation, magnificent staff and tip top guide Nissa.”

Di Scott, July 2019

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ACTIVITIES

Lengishu is a perfect base to spend more than a few days on safari. An extended stay allows you to do so much whilst having the luxury of staying at a home and enjoying the place to yourselves. There is plenty to do and see on the conservancy and its surrounding farmland, forests and diverse terrains. Be it on foot, by car, on horseback, by helicopter or fixed wing aeroplane, Northern Kenya is your oyster. Fish for trout on high altitude lakes in the shadow of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, take to the north to visit vast and desolate landscapes towards Lake Turkana, or spend a night out in the wilderness. The possibilities are endless.

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