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