Luxury Travel to the Borana Conservancy
Found at the foot of Mount Kenya and located within the vast Ewaso ecosystem, you’ll find the rugged savannah of the Borana Conservancy.
Spread across a 91,000-acre landscape shared with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, this is an area of extraordinary beauty. There are snow-covered peaks and the glistening glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south, and a collection of mountains and desert to the north, making it a truly spectacular setting for your African adventure.
Home to over 400 species of birds and in excess of 50 indigenous tree families, in the Borana Conservancy you will also find some of Kenya’s most prolific wildlife such as giraffes, leopards, zebras, cheetahs, buffalos and impala. Equally, this conservancy is one of the best for spotting rare and endangered Kenyan wildlife such as rhinos, herds of migratory elephants and Grevy’s zebras.
Wildlife in this region has long been under threat from poachers in search of rhino horn, ivory and bushmeat. Additionally, local communities have been known to retaliate with violence when wildlife destroys their crops or livestock. It is the mission of the Borana Conservancy to protect this endangered habitat and its wildlife, in partnership with the local community.
The conservancy lends itself to a whole range of incredible activities, such as traditional game drives, trail running, treetop canopy tours and horseback riding, as well as fly-fishing excursions to Mount Kenya National Park.
When to go
The best time to visit the Borana Conservancy is between July and September as weather conditions are usually dry and sunny. Wildlife watching is much easier as animals gather at water sources and vegetation is thinner giving better visibility. A good time to visit is between December and February when the reserve is less busy and migratory birds can be spotted. There are many newborn animals during this time and you'll also have stunning views of Mount Kenya when the clouds dissipate. Between the months of March to May you will find many overcast days and the grass is longer making some smaller animals harder to spot and if it rains, off-road driving won’t be possible.
What to do
- Traditional game drives
- Trail running
- Treetop canopy tours
- Horseback riding
Accommodation in Borana Conservancy
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ArijijuArijiju is, simply put, one of the most beautiful houses in Africa. An incredible piece of modern architecture, the private-use retreat sits in the rolling Kenyan hills of the Borana Conservancy as if it’s always been there, borrowing elements from Swahili and Ethiopian vernaculars. Arijiju works very closely with other nearby properties and communities to protect the wildlife and migration corridors. Besides those efforts, the lodge itself is also constructed of local materials and makes use of solar power. Vast wooden doors lead down cloisters and through sun-trapping garden courtyards to a waterhole-overlooking infinity pool and the main house with its expansive living space with a library (which can also function as an office), kitchen, games room and cinema, as well as the grand double-height lounge and dining. Gourmet meals are health focussed, farm to fork affairs enjoyed here, on a sunny terrace, by the pool or perhaps on a rustic picnic or decadent safari dinner. There’s also a charming spa, hammam steam room, gym, yoga studio and hot tub. Arijiju can sleep up to 10 people in its five beautiful suites. Three are located in the main house while two others are in more private buildings a short walk away. Each is unique but all are bathed in light through vast archways of glass, with grand furniture, fireplaces, copper roll-top baths and outdoor showers. There is no schedule for guests at Arijiju and there are a plethora of adventures on offer. From private game drives and walking safaris in the game-rich Borana Conservancy. You can also mountain bike or go trail running accompanied by a support vehicle, ride horses, take quad bikes out to fly camp for the night, explore verdant Ngare Ndare Forest, or take a helicopter flight to see the summits of Mount Kenya. Behind the scenes, 14 staff keep everything running smoothly, the team including butlers, talented chefs, private game rangers, grounds and housekeepers, security and your manageress host Karina along with her two dogs, Lula and Digby.