Borana is a privately owned and run lodge in Kenya’s remote Laikipia area. The lodge has a spectacular hillside setting on a private conservancy of 30,000 acres in the shadow of Mount Kenya’s jagged peaks.
Accommodation & Facilities
Borana Lodge has just eight stone, timber and thatch cottages, all privately positioned within easy walking distance of the main lodge. The rooms have open fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, a dressing room and a private veranda. There are two family rooms, with two en-suite bedrooms sharing a sitting room. The furniture is mostly fashioned of cedar, leather and hand painted fabrics. An infinity pool overlooks a waterhole regularly visited by wildlife, particularly elephant which frequently swim there. Borana has a spacious lounge, dining room and bar, and a lunch pavilion by the pool. Most of the food served is grown on the family farm or sourced from local growers. There is a small spa, offering a number of relaxing treatments, and the lodge has a spacious lounge in addition to the beautiful dining room and bar.
Wildlife & Activities
The wildlife viewing is excellent, with day and night drives on Borana ranch and the Lewa conservancy. There is no fence between Lewa and Borana, allowing the wildlife to move freely between them. The species found here include black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, buffalo, elephant, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, impala, eland and ostrich, as well as numerous birds. Conservation is a key part of Borana’s ethos, and a large team of rangers protects the rhino and elephant population. Guests can observe some of the constant work they do, which includes liaising with local communities. Borana has excellent horse riding, and is a terrific place for mountain biking and walking safaris. In addition, fly fishing on Mount Kenya, bird watching, swimming, and guided walks through the Ngare Ndare Forest are also available.