Borana

Borana: Information from the owner

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For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 8
Last updated 16-May-2017

Main description of Borana

Borana: Facilities

Property facilities Disability Services
Room facilities Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Disabled Rooms, Fridge, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Wheelchair Friendly
Available services Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Airport Shuttle (Available)
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Cycling, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Horse Riding, Massages, Night Drives, Quad Biking, Rhino Tracking, Sleep Outs, Walks (Guided), Fishing, Gourmet Picnic, Horse-back Safaris, Elephant Interaction, Fine Dining, Garden Tours, High Tea, Safaris, Scenic Flights, Wildlife Tours, Cultural Tours, Paragliding, Tree-top Canopy Tours, Helicopter Rides, Adrenaline Activities, Catch-and-release Fishing, Child Friendly Activities, Fly Fishing, General Sightseeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking

Room types at Borana

Room 1

Room 1

This cottage is set out from the rest of the lodge, making it more private and ideal for a honeymoon couple. The room has a spacious ensuite bathroom. The cottage faces East, allowing guests to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee from the comfort of a large four poster double bed. All rooms are fitted with a fireplace.

Room 2

Room 2

Room two is bright and spacious with two queen size beds. Sheepskin rugs on the floor and a beautiful view of the sunrise make this room of the favourites with guests. It has a covered outdoor verandah and a view over the valley bellow. The bathroom is light and airy with his and her basins, along with a shower and a large bath. All rooms are fitted with a fireplace.

Room 3

Room 3

Room three has panoramic views onto the valley bellow. The room has two queen size beds and lots of closet space, along with a small private garden and a covered paved verandah. There is step free access to the main lodge where guests meet for dinner, as well as to the pool and the lunch area. There is the option to be picked up by a vehicle from the room, making it ideal for guests with mobility issues. All rooms are fitted with a fireplace.

Room 4

Room 4

Room 4 is ideal four honeymoon couples or those on a romantic getaway. The cottage is built into the rocks of the hill with a large bath set into the stone. A large four posted double bed sits at the center of the room with large windows which allow the morning light to flood the room. There is a secluded private verandah, down some stairs outside the cottage. This verandah is perfect for a lazy afternoon or private, candle lit meals. All rooms are fitted with a fireplace.

Units at Borana

Rooms 5 and 6

Rooms 5 and 6

This cottage is a favourite with families, it comprises of a double and a twin room connected by a shared, outdoor sitting room.

The shared sitting room is equipped with a self-service minibar and has a fantastic view to the dam bellow which is often populated by waterbuck, buffalo and elephant.

Room 5 is a twin, with huge windows facing East, allowing for guests to see the sunrise from the comfort of their two queen size beds. The bathroom is spacious with a walk-in shower and a large bath.

Room 6 has a large double bed with lots of closet space and a lovely bright bathroom. There is an extra child's room down some stairs with two smaller singe beds, perfect for children under the age of 12.

There is a private sun deck leading out from the double room.

Both rooms are equipped with a fireplace.

This cottage can not be sold as two separate rooms.

Rooms 7 and 8

Rooms 7 and 8

This cottage is the most recent addition to Borana Lodge. There is a double room with an outdoor sitting room, with fireplace, and a twin room above. The shared sitting room is the perfect location for private family meals, with a self service kitchen and minibar. The cottage benefits from being closest to the bottom of the hill as it is almost of the edge of the dam. With a private plunge pool guests often find themselves swimming at the same time as a family of elephants bellow.

Room 7 is a twin, up a set of stairs form the shared sitting room. It has wonderful views onto the dam bellow with huge double glass doors that open onto a small balcony. There is a large bathroom with panoramic views from the shower and bath.

Room 8 is a double, completely designed with the hill in mind, the bathroom is built around volcanic rocks with bath, shower and loo on separate levels. There is a fantastic view to the dam from the shower and large double doors which open onto the plunge pool and valley bellow.

Both rooms are equipped with a fireplace.

This cottage can not be sold as two separate rooms.

Activities at Borana

Deployments with the Borana Conservancy anti-poaching team

Borana Lodge guests are given the opportunity to join our anti-poaching team on their evening deployments. This allows guests to get a behind the scenes view of how conservation on Borana operates.

Guests will be given a tour of the ranger head quarters as well as meeting the heads of security. Guests will then assist with dropping rangers off at various locations on Borana where they will then spend the night, keeping a watchful eye of the conservancy.

Game Drives

Game Drives

Game drives are conducted by trained Kenyan field guides who have a broad local knowledge of the area along with its flora and fauna. Game is best viewed early in the morning or in the afternoon, night drives can be arranged for departure after dinner which give guests the opportunity to have interactions with nocturnal animals such as porcupines and aardvark.

There are a range of activities to keep children occupied on drives, including rhino identifying cards and lion whisker spot cards.

Guided Bush Walks

Guided Bush Walks

Bush walks are conducted by an experienced field guide accompanied by an armed Borana Conservancy ranger.

While walking, guests have the chance to appreciate the smaller aspects of the Borana eco-system. Borana guides are extremely knowledgeable and give an insight into the medicinal and practical usses for indigenous plants.

Walks around the lodge grounds can be arranged for children while parents enjoy some down time. Children will learn about the birds and plants as well as the tracks of smaller creatures which live at lodge.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Borana Conservancy is equipped with two sets of stables, each of which caters to riders of varying experience.

Our larger stables cater to the more advanced rider, with ex-polo ponies leading rides for over two hours across the conservancy. This is a fantastic way to see the wildlife without the sound of an engine.

Stables for the less advanced riders (small children included) are on the Eastern side of Borana Conservancy and run at a much slower pace. The grooms are very happy taking children for short rides on lead reigns which is a great way to build up their confidence.

All guests bellow the age of 21 must wear riding helmets provided.

Local school visits

Borana Conservancy proudly funds seven primary schools as well as providing bursaries for over twenty secondary school children.

Visiting one of the primary schools in the area is a fantastic insight into Kenyan life. Children are extremely pleased to share their school days with visitors and and love showing people around the grounds. The head master of the school will give guests a guided tour before heading into one of the classrooms. There will be the opportunity to see how the children spend their days and how pleased they are to be learning.

The school teachers encourage visitors to take an art class or to join in on a sports in the afternoon. Football and volleyball are very popular in Kenya, so running shoes are a must!

This is a fantastic activity for families, visiting children and local children often create great friendships, it is an experience which is not easily forgotten.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

For the more adventurous, mountain biking is a must. We have a range of adult bikes available along with one smaller bike suitable for children aged 9 or over.

Guests must be relatively fit and confident with off road bike riding. The hills and valleys provide the perfect terrain for adrenalin fuelled bike rides.

Helmets are provided.

Paragliding

Paragliding

Experience the thrilling sensation of soaring like a bird, whilst in the complete safety of a fully trained qualified tandem pilot. Hunter, one of the Borana Lodge managers, has been paragliding since the age of 16. He has flown to the dizzying heights of 6000m in Pakistan and currently holds three world records for cross country flights.

Paragliding on Borana takes place in the cool evenings, when the winds are smooth, allowing you to float above the conservancy and enjoy watching the sun go down.

This is a fantastic activity for the whole family, catering to the ages of 8 and 80 alike.

Rhino Tracking on Foot

Rhino Tracking on Foot

The Borana Conservancy rangers are required to see each individual rhino at least one every two days. Guests have the opportunity to head out with the rangers, on foot, first thing in the morning, to track and identify an individual rhino.

Viewing such large creatures on foot provides an exhilarating experience as well as an insight into the life of a member of the Borana Conservancy anti-poaching team.



Visit to the Ngare Ndare forest

Located on the Southern boundary of Borana Conservancy, the Ngare Ndare forest shows the stark contrast between the various ecosystems of Northern Kenya.

The 13,000 acre indigenous forest, made up of African Olives and Cedar Trees, provides a safe haven for elephant and other larger mammals as well as a fantastic collection of exotic birds and butterflies. Through the forest lies a crystal clear turquoise river, fed by the underground glacial spring of Mount Kenya's melt waters. With breathtaking waterfalls and not another human around, it is the perfect place for a bracing swim during the heat of the day.

The Ngare Ndare Forest also offers an impressive canopy walk. Suspended at 30m above the ground, this suspension bridge runs for 400m through the forest. Walking the length of the bridge is a truly immersive experience, with wildlife bellow and beautiful birds singing a dancing above, it must be seen to be believed. There is a large platform located at the end of the canopy walk, where lunch will be served, with a fantastic view of the river bellow - where elephant an buffalo are often found drinking or having a swim themselves.

Restaurants at Borana

Lunch at Borana Lodge

Lunch at Borana Lodge is a feast of fresh, home grown produce. Served in the shade of a large thatched lunch pavilion looking down onto the dam in the valley bellow. All of the fruit, vegetables and meat produced on the Borana Permaculture Farm is organic and free-range. This allows for the fruit and vegetables at Borana Lodge to be picked that morning, bringing vibrancy to every plate.

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