Borana Lodge enjoys an idyllic setting within its own conservancy and offers panoramic views over the Samangua Valley and the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest and to Mount Kenya beyond. The grandfather of the present owners fell in love with the wildness and soul-enriching isolation of this land. In building the lodge, the owners included the ultimate in style and comfort but ensured the design works in harmony with this landscape with the inclusion of local, sustainable building materials.
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.
Accommodation consists of just six romantic and unique cottages plus two villa rooms (rooms 7 & 8) that together make up one large villa with private plunge pool that is ideal for families or a group travelling together. The cottages are set against a beautiful hillside with an organic design and panoramic views. Some cottages have large double beds and some have Queen Size twin beds. 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.
There are plenty of activities to choose from at Borana:
- Game Drives with expert guides
- Riding Safaris
- Mountain Biking
- Guided Walks
- Spa (payable locally)
THE BORANA SPA
Relax and unwind after the day’s excitement with one of the signature Borana Spa treatments, designed specifically to soothe, refresh and revitalise you after the day’s adventures. There is a choice of treatments including 30 or 60 minute massages, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, and facials.
From swimming in the pool or a waterfall or exploring the river to horse-riding or watching big game, Borana has much to offer children of all ages. The kitchen is always happy to cater to the gentler palettes and earlier hours that tend to suit younger guests and, for those who need to be in bed before their parents, a listening service is always on hand.
Rooms 5 and 6 are ideal for families with younger children and Room 6 and 3/4 – located below room 6 – has two single beds especially built with young children in mind. The suites are right next to each other and within close proximity to the main lodge area. Rooms 7 and 8 (Villa Rooms) are ideal for families with teenage children. They are a bit further from the lodge but they have their own plunge pool and facilities to eat on their own if they want to appreciate some family time.
By staying at Borana Lodge guests are making a direct contribution to conservation, Borana commits all profits to securing conservation integrity and building local livelihoods. Borana Lodge is a Global Ecosphere Retreat ®, a rigorous sustainability audit considered to be ‘one of the world’s best standards for privately protected areas’, accredited by The Long Run.