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Borana Lodge

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.

The grandfather of the present owners of Borana fell in love with the wildness and soul-enriching isolation of this land. In building the lodge, the Dyers took care not to lose this while ensuring that the Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury and comfort. All cottages are entirely secluded and have private views from both bedroom and bathroom of the valley below.

The Lodge is designed to work in harmony with the landscape and is created from local, sustainable building materials. It enjoys an idyllic setting, 17 miles north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level; the nights are cool and free from the malarial mosquito.

All areas of the Lodge overlook a lake that is a popular watering hole for the local animals so there is constant activity for guests to watch. Take a guide and walk down to the dam to enjoy a close-up view of elephants swimming!

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.

For Families

Generations of the Dyer family have grown-up on this land and Borana welcomes children of all ages. At Borana we understand what children enjoy and are happy to ensure that their holiday experiences match that of their parents.

From swimming in the pool or a waterfall or exploring the river to riding on one of our Patent Safety horses or watching big game from one of our Land Rovers, 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. 

Family Friendly Accommodation

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 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.

Children's Activities

  • Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Driven Safaris
  • Guided Walks
  • Cooking and baking with chefs
  • Visits to the local community schools when class is in session
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

'Gorgeous room overlooking the hillside -- we saw elephants and more. Staff was attentive to our needs, and brought up drinks and lit fires in our room every night. Food was amazing, as were the nightly special cocktails. Loved our guide, he was extremely knowledgeable, and made our game drives really fun. We enjoyed a picnic and short walk one day. Everything was top notch.'

Liz and Brady Fischbeck