Borana Lodge

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

At a Glance

  • 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

  • Head out on a night drive when Borana really comes alive, if you're lucky you might find a leopard stalking or lion on the prowl

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Borana Lodge is open all year round except in November. The main tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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Insider's View

Enjoy some exhilarating riding safaris around Borana - the plains are perfect for cantering!

From the infinity pool watch the elephants wandering their well-trodden path to the watering hole below.

Sundowners on Pride Rock are the perfect way to finish a memorable day at Borana.

There's so much to see and do here that you can be active all day; or a midday siesta by the pool is also very welcome

Take a bush breakfast out to Pride Rock and watch the sunrise.

If you have ever watched the Lion King, don not miss Pride Rock - from which the film takes its inspiration. Not far from the lodge, it's perfect for a sundowner or two!

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Borana Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

Description

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.

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 favorite place for a laid-back lunch and a chance to lie in the sun.

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Accommodation

There are eight cottages at Borana. Four have large double beds and four have twin beds. Four of the cottages have their own veranda. Two sets of cottages share a veranda and are perfect for families, both enjoy phenomenal views over the dam below. Each cottage also has an open-fireplace which is lit every evening; a basket of firewood is kept in each room to top up while you have an after-dinner night cap. The bathrooms ooze luxury with their space, cleanliness and exceptional views.

Double Room

There are four cottages with a large en-suite double room. The cottages have open fires and verandahs with stunning views.

Twin Room

Four of the cottages have twin rooms with luxurious en-suite bathrooms. All the cottages have a verandah with stunning views.

Childcare

Although there are no specific facilities for children, children of all ages are most welcome at Borana Lodge. Babysitting can be arranged if you would like some time to yourselves. The kitchen are very flexible and can easily arrange earlier meals and a more child friendly menu.

Facilities

Borana Lodge has a beautiful infinity pool, perfect for cooling down in the heat of the day. There is a small boutique with locally produced craftwork, a great place for souvenirs and presents.

In the dining room at the main lodge guests can sample fresh produce from the Ranch, fresh juice from the Borana orchard and wines from around the world.

Activities

There's a huge range of activities that you can enjoy during your stay at Borana Lodge. Activities include game drives, bush walks, horse riding, mountain biking and ranch visits. Other interesting activities can be arranged like expeditions to Mount Kenya, helicopter trips around Mount Kenya and fishing trips.

Just down from the lodge is 'pride rock' the inspiration for the writers of Disney's Lion King - a sundowner here or a bush breakfast is a must!

Reviews

5

Hannah Dawson (Staff)

Borana is a beautiful lodge located high over the conservancy which provides panoramic views from every vantage point. Each cottage has stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the conservancy, a fireplace and spacious bathroom along with a few bigger cottages that work really well for families. There is no shortage of activities to do here including cycling, riding and walking safaris. The infinity pool provides a refreshing dip after a day of adventures.

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Sian Frost (Staff)

Borana's 8 thatched cottages are all uniquely decorated in a very lovely yet relaxed style. They are far enough apart to feel you have the whole area completely to yourself although there is so much to do you will scarcely be in your room at all. You can spend your days riding through the conservancy, they have two fantastic stables which have ex polo horses for the more accomplished riders and gentle ponies for those who would love to give riding safaris a try. Aside from riding safaris and normal driving safaris the options are endless. Try your hand at fly fishing or visit Ngare Ndare forest for canopy walks and jumping off water falls, take a helicopter to the mountains for a breakfast you wont forget or just relax by their lovely pool and watch the many rhinos wandering by on the nearby hills. Food here is delicious and served in a large dining room, afterwards retire to the living room with its huge roaring fire and chat with everyone about your adventures of the day.

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Anna Hearn (Staff)

Borana has a super position in the hills of Laikipia, with incredible views from every single room, and all the main areas. It feels like a large bush home, the staff going out of their way to make you feel welcome. The activities here are extensive - from walks in the bush, including some really serious hiking for those feeling energetic, to game drives, horse riding, you name it. You can even try paragliding from here with the lodge manager, Hunter! The pool deck and lunch area look right down into the valley where there is an active waterhole, and game can often be spotted from here. The rooms are all individually designed to make the most of the views - it's worth remembering that some of them have steep steps either inside or to reach the room. This is a super lodge and feels very remote and secluded - perfect for couples and families alike.

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

Borana has that wonderful home from home feeling. With in a short time of arriving we felt as we were part of the family, with everyone sitting round the huge table in the dinning room discussing what they had been up to that morning and the plans for the afternoon. While we were there we went for some lovely long rides and also explored the area around Borana on foot, which is my favorite way to experience the African bush. We also had some very relaxing moments reading books round the pool or going for a very refreshing dip!

Experiences

  • 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 vacation 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.

  • Mountain biking

    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.

  • Scenic flights

    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

    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.

Location & directions

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

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.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Borana Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

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