Borana is one of East Africa's original fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodges.
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. Home to the Dyer family for three generations, the ranch - 17 miles north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level - is free from the malarial mosquito and the nights are cool.
Laikipia is an area of exceptional beauty; and enjoys some of Kenya's most prolific wildlife (second only to the world famous Masai Mara) as well as the highest populations of endangered species in the country.
With panoramic views over the Samangua Valley and the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest and Mount Kenya beyond, The Lodge offers eight romantic and unique cottages, each with an open fireplace and private veranda.
There are eight cottages at Borana. Four have large double beds and four have twin beds - both of which are queen size. Four of the cottages have their own veranda. Two sets of cottages share a veranda, both of which has a phenomenal view over the dam. Each cottage also has an open-fireplace lit every evening by the room stewardess; a basket of firewood is kept in each room. The bathrooms are the epitome of luxury: spacious, clean and with exceptional views over wildest Africa.
The Lodge is set in a verdant garden of largely indigenous plants chosen for their scents, colours and flowers. From the infinity pool guests can watch the elephants wandering their well-trodden path to the watering hole or simply relax, read and soak up the sun. The pool veranda is a favourite place for a long, leisurely lunch watching the natural world unfold before you.
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. In the sitting room, sofas and armchairs surround a huge open fireplace and picture windows guarantee a continuing vista to the plains below.
Borana is famous for its horse riding adventures, but exploring the surrounding bush in Land Rovers is equally exciting with our intrepid and experienced guides. Sam and Rianto lead walks on the ranch, and for the more active, mountain bike rides down the escarpment offer an adrenalin rush. The ranch is perfect for picnics, sun-downers on Pride Rock (the original inspiration for Disney's Lion King), and bush dinners. Some guests like to breakfast with Rose and Tony Dyer, which is a fascinating opportunity to get an insight into the Dyer family legacy to Kenya.
Being privately owned land, you will not share your Big 5 game viewing experience with anyone else, and when you want some time out from the 4x4’s, there are horses, mountain bikes, quad bikes, buggies, helicopters, waterfalls, paragliding, fishing and more. By staying at Borana you are making a tangible contribution to Kenya's largest and most exciting Rhino Sanctuaries with real opportunities to engage with the people who are investing everything in a secure future for Africa's iconic species.