Borana Lodge

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Laikipia Luxury Holidays and Vacations Safari Accommodation

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. It 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 .

Top 5 Things To Do at Borana Lodge

  • 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.


Each cottage at Borana Lodge is built around the main house which houses a comfortable sitting room, bar and dining room.  Further along the ridge line you will find a horizon pool looking onto the Hyena Valley Dam below, which allows for poolside game viewing.The lunch pavilion is set above the pool house and boasts wonderful views over the entire conservancy.


Borana Lodge has four stand-alone cottages with exceptional views. Each of these cottages are unique, designed with the hillside in mind, not forgetting the finer details which make for true comfort.Two further cottages provide the perfect refuge for families; a sitting room is shared between a double and a twin so parents can rest assured their children are safe in the room next door. Four rooms have large double beds and four have queen-size twin beds.Each cottage is built out of rock and cedar with a thatched roof.  They all have open fireplaces, lit each evening with a basket of sustainably sourced firewood nearby along with verandas with breath-taking views.  The bathrooms are spacious and have both baths and shower


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.

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. We 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 Ranch Mission

Our mission, in partnership with our neighbouring communities is to provide a sustainable ecosystem for critically endangered species, including black rhino, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.  Our holistic approach commits tourism, livestock and other commercial enterprises to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity.  Borana has assisted the funding, development, marketing and management of community-owned conservation initiatives like Tassia, Oreteti and Il N’gwesi and we work collaboratively with the Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure that our neighbours are not adversely affected by human wildlife conflict.

Borana Lodge Rates

2023 Rates in US$2024 Rates in US$
Adult Inclusive Rate9997511,055789
Single Inclusive Rate10948461,340979
Child Inclusive Rate500371527394

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


  • 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.


  • 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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