Borana Lodge is a family-run and owned destination which plays a special part in the conservation of Kenyan wildlife. Borana Conservancy lies at the foot of Mt Kenya and is a haven for wildlife, considered to be Kenya’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary - the private conservancy covers 32,000 acres and is home to more than 25 Black Rhino, a population which has grown since the species was introduced here in 2013. The conservancy is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife. In 2014 they removed the fences between Borana and Lewa Conservancy to the east, allowing the wildlife to move freely over 92,000 acres of wilderness. Both Black and White Rhino roam the conservancy as well as Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra (of which there are estimated to be fewer than 2500 left in the wild). The lodge is situated on the hillside above a dam where herds of elephants regularly come to drink and bathe. Lion and Leopard are among the regular nocturnal visitors and can be heard during the night.
Borana is home to two strings of safari horses and offers superb riding opportunities for all levels, in addition to mountain biking, bush walks, bird watching and a variety of cultural experiences. The food and drink is to an excellent standard and there is a ‘Safari Spa’ for those looking to unwind. Borana is the only lodge in Kenya to invest all profits into conservation - your visit here directly benefits their 101 person anti-poaching team, a mobile clinic and local primary schools. Their anti-poaching unit patrols the conservancy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, safeguarding the future of endangered wildlife.
Borana Lodge consists of four stand alone cottages and two family cottages, all featuring en-suite bathrooms with large baths, fireplaces and outside verandas. The family have now added an additional property, Lengishu, which is an exclusive family home perched on the hillside just north of Borana Lodge. Both properties bring a range of opportunities to their guests, all with a focus on conservation in mind, such as tracking rhino on foot and helping the evening deployments of the conservancy’s armed rangers. You are welcome to take part in community activities too, allowing a true insight into the Kenyan way of life. Borana Conservancy is also home to one of the largest permaculture projects in East Africa, Kabati Regenerative Farm. The idea of the farm is to reduce the gap between farm and fork, ensuring that all guests at Borana Lodge and Lengishu eat fresh, local, organic food during their stay.