Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge, Laikipia Safari Lodge
All the rooms and main lodge at Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge overlook a popular water hole where wildlife frequently come down to drink – and cool off. There’s always game activity for you to enjoy - watching from the lodge, game drives, bush walks, horse-riding safaris, mountain bike safaris, helicopter and biplane flights, quad bike and buggy trips.
* Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge, Laikipia Highlights
- ∞Laikipia 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/night game drives in open safari vehicles
- ∞Horse-backed and mountain bike safaris
- ∞Expertly-guided bush walks
- ∞On-site spa treatments
More about this accommodation
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 1829 m (6,000 ft) above sea-level , which makes the nights pleasantly cool. Borana is in a malaria-free area. NB The lodge closes for 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 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 especially 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 here. 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:
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Game drives in open vehicles
- Guided 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 relaxing pool veranda is a favourite spot for lazy, long lunches. The food is wonderful, 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 driver/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, rock pools and breath-taking canopy walk.
Borana is not just a game sanctuary, it’s also a working cattle ranch with 2000 head of beef cattle, mostly 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, 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: It’s 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 accommodation & 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
- xChampagne, premium spirits and cellar wines
- xExclusive use of vehicle
- xCultural visits
- xVisits to Kisima Floriculture Project
- xVisits to Lewa Willdife Conservancy
- xGratuities and anything of a personal nature
- xLate departure fee $33 per person
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