All rooms and main lodge at Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge in Laikipia County overlook a waterhole where wildlife frequently come to drink and cool off at. There's always game activity for you to enjoy; watching from the lodge, game drives, bush walks, horseback riding safaris, mountain bike safaris, helicopter and biplane flights, quad bike and buggy trips.
- Laikipia county is an area of exceptional beauty
- One of Kenya's most prolific wildlife areas, second only to the famous Maasai Mara
- Has the highest numbers of endangered species in the country
- 8 unique, private cottages with superb views of the waterhole and plains below
- Day and night game drives in open safari vehicles
- Horseback and mountain bike safaris
- Expert guided bush walks
- On-site spa treatments
Borana Safari Lodge was designed to be in harmony with its surrounds and all building materials were locally sourced from renewable sources. Just 27 km (17 miles) north of the equator, the lodge is 1,829 m (6,000 ft) above sea level, which makes the nights pleasantly cool. The Borana Wildlife Conservancy is in a malaria-free area. NB The lodge closes for the entire month of November.
Individual, unique accommodation
Borana Lodge offers eight romantic and unique cottages, each with its own open fireplace and veranda (private or shared). Each cottage is entirely secluded with private views over the valley below from the bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Four cottages are double and four have twin queen-sized beds. Two cottages are ideal for families with younger children and another has been specially built with young children in mind. Cottages 7 and 8 are suited for families with teenage children. They are a bit further from the lodge with their own plunge pool and dining facilities if you'd like some quality family time.
Generations of the Dyer family have grown up at Borana Lodge, and children of all ages will feel instantly at home there. The family and staff understand children and go out of their way to ensure that their safari experience is as exciting and entertaining as is yours; from arranging entertainment and outdoor activities to catering to their tastes and bedtimes. Some of these include:
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Game drives in open vehicles
- Guided bush walks
- Cooking and baking with chefs
- Visits to the local community schools when class is in session
Tranquil main lodge with excellent views
Set in lush indigenous gardens, Borana Lodge has an infinity pool from where you can watch the elephants swimming and enjoying the waterhole. The pool veranda is a favourite spot for long, lazy lunches. The wonderful food is freshly prepared from local produce supplied largely from the ranch and orchard. There's also a sitting room with cosy fireplace in winter and picture windows framing views of the plains below.
Wide range of game activities available
Borana Lodge is privately owned. There are no national park rules and no other outside visitors to compete with at big game sightings. All game drives (day and night) are on open safari vehicles with supremely knowledgeable drivers and guides. Other activities include horseback safaris, mountain bike safaris and guided bush walks. Optional extras include chartered helicopter and nostalgic biplane (real ‘Out of Africa’ style) flights, buggy/quad biking trails, visits to the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust with its crystal springs, rockpools and breath-taking canopy walk.
Borana is not just a game sanctuary, it's also a working cattle ranch with 2,000 head of cattle, most of the hardy, indigenous ‘Boran’ variety. There is also a dairy herd specifically for the lodge's use. You're welcome to accompany the ranchers on their rounds to get a better understanding of the challenges of maintaining a balance between wildlife management and cattle ranching.
By air - There are daily scheduled flights to Lewa from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, followed by a 1.5-hour road transfer to Borana. Alternatively, private air charters can be arranged to Borana's private airstrip.
By road - Its a scenic, 4-hour drive from Nairobi.
Our take on Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge
A friendly, informal lodge, Borana Lodge has been owner-run by the Dyer family for three generations and you're welcomed and encouraged to feel like a long-standing friend rather than a newly arrived guest. There's so much to see and do at Borana, and it's all organised with seamless, effortless efficiency. The lodge is in a stunning location with incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Perfect for an active and outdoors safari experience.
- Full board and conservation fees
- Local airstrip transfers (Lewa Downs)
- Sundowner excursions
- Soft drinks, beers, house wines
- Selected house spirits
- Swimming pool
- Fly camping
- Game viewing activities including shared game drives (day and night), guided bush walks, horseback riding and mountain biking
- Champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines
- Exclusive use of vehicle
- Cultural visits
- Visits to Kisima Floriculture Project
- Visits to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- Gratuities and anything of a personal nature
- Late departure fee $33 per person
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