Borana Conservancy, Kenya
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.
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
Enjoy some exhilarating riding safaris around Borana - the plains are perfect for cantering!Anna Hearn
From the infinity pool watch the elephants wandering their well-trodden path to the watering hole below.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Sundowners on Pride Rock are the perfect way to finish a memorable day at Borana.Anna Hearn
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 welcomeAnna Hearn
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.
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.
There are four cottages with a large en-suite double room. The cottages have open fires and verandahs with stunning views.
Four of the cottages have twin rooms with luxurious en-suite bathrooms. All the cottages have a verandah with stunning views.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When to go
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.