Borana offers some of the most thrilling, authentic and unique ways to encounter Kenya’s wildlife and wilderness thanks to our conservation efforts. The conservancy strives to retain this land as pristine wilderness that guests are able to enjoy first hand, be it walking through the bush, riding on ranch horses or mountain bikes, driving in the open-top safari vehicles, or lounging at the infinity pool and enjoying the view. Since Borana is a private property, there is guaranteed exclusivity, making every aspect of the safari experience personal, peaceful and uninterrupted - giving guests the rare opportunity to be totally immersed in nature. But don't let us hold you back - you can always go fishing, rock climbing or even paragliding, make the suggestion and we will try to make it happen.
When the Dyer family first came to Borana, horses were the only means of transport. The family’s love of horses remains and horseback continues to be one of the best ways of seeing wildlife. We thoroughly recommend it to all our guests, whatever their ability.
Today, three different stables house the horses used by our guests.
Close to the Ngare Ndare River is a stable of Patent Safety horses, which have been trained to be careful with children and novice riders. From here guests can ride through the plains among giraffe, hartebeest, impala and zebra and have the experience of getting up close and personal with these animals.
At Borana HQ we keep a stable of 26 horses suitable for more experienced riders. From here guests can explore Borana with a guide, riding among both its livestock and the big game animals that abound on the plain.
Rides generally start early. Guests may leave Borana after an early morning cup of tea for either a quick hack before breakfast at the ranch or a longer ride, stopping in a secluded valley for a picnic breakfast under an olive tree with fresh fruit and bacon and eggs sizzling on an open fire.
Our horses are thoroughbred or thoroughbred-cross, standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. All the horses are well-schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles.
We use English-style Wintec saddles and we also have a few Australian stock saddles. These are chosen specifically to ensure the comfort of both the horse and rider.
We provide sheepskin seat-savers and saddlebags.
All riders coming to the Borana stables need to be comfortable at a walk, trot and canter in an English saddle. This is because the occasion can arise when one has to flee an angry elephant or buffalo and our horses are fit and strong. Non-riders are welcome at the Ngare Ndare stable.
The Lodge has a fleet of custom-built, four-wheel drive, open-sided vehicles that are driven by supremely knowledgeable local driver/guides. Since Borana is a private property, there are no rules and no one else will ever obscure your view of the big game that lives here.
One of the most tranquil ways to see wildlife is on a guided bush walk. Our experienced guides lead these walks and give guests the benefit of their extensive knowledge of the land and its wildlife, flora and fauna and birds.
Borana is a spectacular environment in which to mountain bike. The silence and off-road abilities of our top-of-the-range mountain bikes allow guests to get very close to big game.
Mountain bikes give guests the opportunity to travel long distances at their own pace and in a completely natural environment. Mountain biking offers an exciting and exhilarating way to view the bush.
Borana is not just a game sanctuary it is also a working ranch. Borana Ranch has more than 2000 head of cattle. The cattle are kept for beef production, grazing initially on the ranch before being fattened in a grass only feed lot down at Kabati. The cattle are primarily of the 'Boran' breed, which has a good ability to withstand droughts and pests.
Michael Dyer or Llewellyn his son – who run the ranch – is happy to take guests around the ranch. They will show guests the challenge of ranching in these hostile conditions – elephants in the vegetable patch, lions in the cattle bomas, flood and drought. There is also the opportunity to learn about Borana’s efforts with their community specifically the Livestock to Market Programme.
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, exploring the river to riding on one of our patent safety horses or watching big game from the safety 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.
Morning run with the armed guard.
Evening deployments and morning collections.
Track and sight rhino with the scouts and report back to HQ with the locations.
Monitor Rhino and Lion with Wilson/Rianto.
Get involved with any darting or collaring activities that might be going on at the tim.
Visit to a Maasai Village- A local elder will explain some of the history of the tribe and its influence on their people today. An opportunity to take part in a tribal dance3 and to buy souvenirs.
Visit to a local School- The head teacher will show you around the school explaining the local education system. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the children and teachers and to donate and school supplies that you may have brought over.
Visit the Borana Mobile Clinic- A day or a couple of hours can be spent with BMC’s inspirational nurses with a chance to see them at work either treating or counseling patients or giving talks to the women on nutrition and hygiene.
Pre-arrange your yoga workouts before you travel. There will be a surcharge of $300 a day for the cost of an instructor. However, you are more than welcome to bring along your own.
The African panorama is never more breathtaking than when viewed from the air. Both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters can be chartered.
BUGGIES & QUAD BIKE SAFARIS
Go on a day trip into the North on buggies and quad bikes with Jay and Amory Macleod. Driving on tiny tracks, unusable by conventional vehicles; visit ‘singing wells’, have a picnic by a remote riverbed with seasonal pools or just cover miles of country feeling like the genuine intrepid explorer. Returning to a comfy bed in the evening at the lodge or staying out under a mossie-net in the bush, listening to the sounds of an African night.
NGARE NDARE FOREST TRUST
In order to make your holiday even more meaningful as well having a phenomenal experience – there is an opportunity to visit the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. This forest lies to the southeast of Borana and has made huge steps in recent years to connect with the local communities to ensure its survival.
Within the forest there are some magnificent rock pools, where the clear blue spring water gushes out the side of the hill, and also a fabulous canopy walk making it possible to get up close and personal with a Hartlaub’s turaco or even an elephant. The cost is $30 per person – children under 12 are FOC.
Borana shares a joint conservation management policy with its neighbours that is dedicated to protecting a quarter of a million acres of Africa’s awe-inspiring natural environment.
During a good afternoon on Borana, we might see 23 different kinds of animals and an extensive list of the animals that live here is below. Around 300 elephants roam freely through the conservation area, in search of food, water and security. We have a dozen matriarch cows with radio collars in the Laikipia area so that we can monitor their movements. One matriarch took her extended family of sixty for 92 miles in one week. This research is of great importance to us in our search for a way in which they and we can continue to live together in the future.
BIRDS AT BORANA
Our list of birds was started in July 1980 and has been compiled by many ornithologists. We have listed 334 different kinds of birds on Borana over the last 20 years.