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Borana Lodge

Laikipia Kenya

8 cottage thoughtfully built with the surrounding landscape in mind

Borana Lodge Laikipia,Kenya

A luxurious and eco-friendly lodge located in the Borana Conservancy, Nanyuki, Rift Valley Province, Keenya. The lodge is situated 6,000 feet above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north.The lodge is designed to work in harmony with the landscape and is created from local, sustainable building materials.

The Lodge

With panoramic views over the Samangua Valley and the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest and Mount Kenya beyond, The Lodge offers eight romantic and unique cottages, each with an open fireplace and private veranda.Borana Lodge is designed to work in harmony with the landscape and is created from local, sustainable building materials.

Borana Lodge enjoys an idyllic setting, 17 miles north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level; the nights are cool and free from the malarial mosquito.All areas of the Lodge overlook a lake that is a popular watering hole for the local animals so there is constant view .

Explore Borana Lodge

A stay at Borana Lodge is a unique opportunity for total immersion in the life and goings on of a working wildlife conservancy. Environmental and ecological considerations rank alongside the responsibilities we feel towards our neighbouring communities, be they pastoralists or agriculturalists. This is in the form of community development, water safety, the mobile health clinic, the education programme and much more

Accommodation

Room One-Ideal for Honeymooners

Room One

Room One is located furthest to the north of the main lodge and boasts a four poster double bed making it ideal for honeymooners and special occasions.

A private veranda allows for romantic outdoor meals and beautiful views into the valley.

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Room Two

Room Two

Room two is a twin room located between Room One and the main lodge offering amazing views from the bedroom and bathroom.

There is a private deck for reading in the heat of the day for private starlit meals.

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Room Three

Room Three

Room Three is a twin room located very close to the main mess and is wheelchair accessible. It is near Room Four and together they make a good combination for a family.

There is a secluded veranda in the shade of a fig tree for private meals and relaxing in the heat of the day.

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Room Four

Room Four

Room four is a double room located below the main lodge, near Room Three and the pool.

This room is designed around a large rock, with a private outside veranda and a bathroom down a set of stairs.

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Family Cottage-Five & Six

Family Cottage Five and Six comprise a twin and double room, respectively, which share a covered veranda allowing for private meals and lazy afternoons, ideal for a family of six.

Family Cottages-Five & Six

Room Five has two large single beds has wonderful sunrise views and a large en-suite bathroom.

Room Six is the double room and has its own private sundeck. It has a children’s room downstairs, suitable for those under the age of twelve. Room six and the children’s room share shares a large bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Borana Lodge Family accommodation
Family Cottage-Seven & Eight

For those wanting a more exclusive experience Family Cottage Seven and Eight is located closest to the Hyena Valley Dam with private access and a plunge pool. The Cottage has a shared sitting and dining room making it perfect for guests travelling with friends or teenage children.

Family Cottages-Seven & Eight

Room Seven is a twin room located upstairs with an en-suite bathroom and unobstructed views of the Hyena Valley Dam.

Room Eight is a double room. It is the most spacious at Borana Lodge, with a large bathroom that overlooks the private plunge pool.

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Activities

Borana Lodge offers some of the most thrilling, authentic and unique ways to encounter Kenya’s wildlife and wilderness thanks to its conservation efforts.  The Borana Conservancy strives to retain this land as a pristine wilderness that guests are able to enjoy first hand. Walk through the bush, ride across the conservancy on horses or mountain bikes, view the wildlife in open-top safari vehicles, or lounge at the infinity pool and enjoy the view.  As Borana is a private conservation area, exclusivity is guaranteed. This makes every aspect of the safari experience personal, peaceful and uninterrupted and gives you the rare opportunity to be totally immersed in nature. The Lodge  can also help you plan adventures beyond Borana Conservancy such as fly fishing on Mt Kenya, scenic flights and picnics the Ngare Ndare Forest.

Riding

When the Dyer family first came to Borana Conservancy, horses were the only means of transport. The family’s love of horses remains and horse riding continues to be one of the best ways of seeing wildlife. We thoroughly recommend it to all our guests and can cater to all riding abilities.

For the more experienced rider we have thoroughbred horses and thoroughbred-crosses standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. All the horses are well-schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles. Guests can explore Borana and beyond, riding among a variety of wildlife species which populate the conservancy.

We use English-style Wintec saddles and have a few Australian stock saddles. These are chosen specifically to ensure the comfort of both the horse and rider. Sheepskin seat-savers and saddlebags are provided.

There is a strict weight limit of 15 stone/210 lbs/95 kg.

All advanced riders must be comfortable at a walk, trot and canter in an English saddle. Non-riders and beginners are welcome at any level.

Riding Wild Borana is a proud member of the African Horse Safari Association.

Game Drives

There are a range of activities to keep children occupied on drives, including rhino identification cards.

Guided walks

One of the most tranquil ways to experience wildlife is when on a guided bush walk. Walks are led by an experienced field guide, accompanied by an armed ranger.

Walks around the lodge grounds can be arranged for children, while parents enjoy some down time. Children are taught about the birds and plants as well as the smaller creatures which live around the lodge.

Mountain Biking

For the more adventurous, mountain biking is a must. We have a range of adult bikes available and one bike suitable for children aged 9 or over.

Farm Tours

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. This is where the majority of the fresh produce used at Borana Lodge is sourced.

Llewellyn Dyer manages Waitabit and is extremely passionate about the way it operates and the innovative systems which are in place. A trip to Waitabit leaves one with a wealth of knowledge, along with a passion for food and where it comes from. 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. 

The tour can take place mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

Family Experiences

Borana Lodge was built with families in mind.

The kitchen is always happy to cater to the gentler palettes and earlier hours that tend to suit younger guests. For those who need to be in bed before their parents, a listening service is always on hand.

Rhino Tracking

Deployment

Each evening, the armed unit of the anti-poaching team is deployed to various vantage points on Borana in order to survey and monitor the conservancy. Accompany members of the team out on these deployments and spend time with our unsung heroes.

Cross Cultural Experiences

VISITING A SCHOOL

Visiting one of the schools that is part of The Borana Education Support Programme is a great way to get a glimpse of everyday life in Kenya, and is a highly enlightening experience.

VISITING A TRADITIONAL MAASAI VILLAGE

Borana has a close relationship with one of the local communities north of the conservancy who are eager to share their culture. A Maasai elder will give you a tour of the village and describe the history of the Maasai tribe.

Various members of the community will show you their customary ways of life and traditions. The tour usually ends with a traditional tribal dance which you are encouraged to take part in.

VISITING THE BORANA MOBILE CLINIC

Spend a day with the mobile clinic which visits local communities and villages. Sit in on appointments while the team distributes medication and advice to those who need it. The aims of the nurses and counsellors with the clinic are to provide medical and sanitation education, family planning and HIV awareness.

Ngare Ndare Forest Visit

The 13,000 acre indigenous Ngare Ndare forest is a safe haven for large animals. This includes elephant and buffalo, and is a paradise for birds, monkeys and butterflies.

Ngare Ndare Forest

The Forest is known for its canopy walkway, which weaves in between the tree tops at 40 feet above the ground. There is a platform at the end of the walkway with fantastic views across a natural spring and the forest beyond.

The Forest is home to crystal clear blue pools fed by melt water from the glaciers on Mt Kenya. It is a great location for swimming and picnics.

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Destination-Borana Conservancy

Borana is located at the foot of Mt Kenya just North of the equator, resting on the Laikipia Plateau. The Conservancy is nestled between an arid landscape to the north and ancient indigenous forests to the south. This 32,000-acre conservation area is home to both Black and White Rhino and a wide variety of other endangered species. Borana Conservancy are a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of wildlife, habitat and building local livelihoods.

The Lewa-Borana Landscape

In 2013, a founding population of 21 Black Rhino were introduced to Borana Conservancy. Once they were settled and had established their territories, the fence between Borana and neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was dropped forming one continuous landscape. This ecosystem, known as the Lewa-Borana Landscape, allows the wildlife free rein over 90,000 acres of intact African wilderness. Together with Lewa, this environment hosts a thriving community of over 200 rhino (both black and white), making this one of East Africa’s largest continuous rhino habitat.

Borana Lodge Rates

2024 Rates/Prices
BoardPeakStandard
Adult Inclusive Rate1,055789
Single Inclusive Rate1,340979
Child Inclusive Rate527394

All rates are inclusive of a 24%  contribution to Borana Conservancy’s environmental and social responsibilities, replacing the traditional ‘conservation fee’.

Non Resident Rates

Includes:Full board accommodation,Local airstrip transfers (Borana Conservancy & Lewa Downs) All Borana Conservancy based activities,Mandatory per person donation to conservation

Excludes: Gratuities,Premium spirits, cellar wines and champagne Adventures beyond Borana Conservancy

Seasons

  • Peak stays: 15th June -15th September 2023, 20th December 2023 – 5th January 2023 
  • Standard stays: 6th January -14th June 2022, 16th September -19th December 2023
  • Peak resident stays are confirmed 14 days before arrival date. 

Additional costs per person:

  • Afternoon departure with lunch – $30
  • Visit to Ngare Ndare Forest – $40
  • Visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – $126
  • Visit to Kisima Floriculture project per group – $70
  • Fly Camping set up fee per group – $600
  • Exclusive use of a vehicle per day – $350
  • Adventures across Northern Kenya on horseback, quad-bike, e-bike, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft can be arranged. Price on request.

Notes:

  • PP: Adult Sharing Room
  • Child rate applies to those from 5 to 15 years at the time of travel.
  • Children under 5 years stay free of charge.
  • Offer:Extended stay offer: 10% off total inclusive rate for 5 or more nights.
  • Resident Rates: Proof of Kenyan residency is required to confirm the booking

For 2024 Rates

Additional costs per person:

  • Afternoon departure with lunch – $50
  • Visit to Ngare Ndare Forest – $40 per adult, $5 per vehicle
  • Visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – $150 per adult, $75 per child Visit to Kisima
  • Floriculture project per group – $70
  • Fly Camping set up fee per group – $600
  • E-Bike adventures on Borana Conservancy – $80 per ride
  • Adventures across Northern Kenya on horseback, e-bike, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft can be arranged.Price on request.

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