Borana Lodge is not just a game reserve, but also a working ranch. Overlooking a large dam with fantastic views of Mount Kenya, Borana Lodge, with its eight uniquely positioned cottages, is a perfect choice for couples, families and groups of friends.
Explore the Borana Ranch by horseback, an incredible way to move quietly through the bush and get up close to the wildlife
Amazing mountain biking adventures across the conservancy - so much fun and a great way to make room for dinner!
Borana is also a working cattle ranch so guests can learn about and get involved with daily Kenyan ranch life
There is no fence between Borana and Lewa, game wanders freely and Borana is home to a healthy rhino population
Borana Lodge lies on the edge of the Samangua Valley of Northern Kenya, with panoramic views of Mount Kenya, across the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest.
There is a wide range of activities and ways of exploring the extensive local area, including game drives, horse riding (for beginners and experienced riders alike), mountain biking and even the opportunity for helicopter expeditions! Moreover, with a herd of over 2000 cattle on the ranch, guests can spend a day learning the challenges of ranching in these hostile conditions. Many have found that a day on the ranch is just as fascinating as observing the game.
Built by local artisans in regional materials, the lodge itself, with its eight cottages, is in keeping with the natural surroundings, while also epitomising comfort and exclusivity.
Delicious organic food is served in the dining room by friendly and attentive staff at a large rosewood table, surrounded by local paintings and sculptures.
Outside the lodge, you are confronted by a dramatically sited swimming pool as you walk through the beautiful garden. Guests can relax in the pool while watching the elephants wandering down a well-trodden path on their way to the watering hole below. The pool veranda, furnished with Roman sun loungers, is a favourite place for a laid-back lunch and a chance to lie in the sun.
When to visit
Enjoy some exhilarating riding safaris around Borana - the plains are perfect for cantering!
It is located within the vast area of the Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau: snow-tipped peaks and the glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south; a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience.
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight. Borana is a 4-hour drive from Nairobi and a 1-hour drive from Nanyuki. By air, daily scheduled Safarilink and Air Kenya flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to neighbouring Lewa Downs (1-hour drive from the Lodge). There is an airstrip at Borana for charter flights a 10-minute drive from the Lodge.
Anti-poaching Canine Unit
Engage with the conservation work that Lewa House supports in order to maintain the wildlife population on the Lewa Conservancy. Meet the remarkable canine unit and help to train the tracker dogs during a stay.
Buggies and Quad Bike Safaris
For a real adrenaline driven adventure take a buggy or quad bike out on safari and explore areas game vehicles cannot.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your holiday then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.
Game Drives in Lewa Downs
Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.
Explore this spectacular landscape on mountain bike. The silence and off-road abilities of the bike allow you to get right up close to big game.
Riding in Northern Kenya
Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Tandem paragliding from Borana.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia
Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.