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Borana lodge and ranch is located at the foot of Mt Kenya just North of the equator. Resting on the Laikipia Plateau, an arid landscape lies to the north and ancient indigenous forests sprawl as far as the eye can see to the south. This 32,000-acre conservation area is home to both Black and White Rhino and a wide variety of other endangered species.
In 2013, a founding population of 21 Black Rhino were introduced. Once they were settled and had established territories, the fence between Borana and neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was dropped forming one landscape; allowing the wildlife free reign over 92,000 acres of intact African wilderness. Together with Lewa, this ecosystem hosts a thriving community of over 200 rhino (both black and white), making this one of East Africa’s largest continuous rhino habitat.
Borana Lodge is one of East Africa’s original fully hosted, family-owned lodges, and was the first ecolodge in Laikipia. The lodge is on a journey to being entirely sustainable; power is generated through the solar farm, water is delivered from an under-utilised solar powered borehole, food produce is supplied by an in-house organic Waitabit permaculture farm, and the Lodge offers a wide range of conservation-based activities. Guests are encouraged to get involved in conservation initiatives tracking rhino with the scouts on foot, monitoring lion movements, and engaging in local community projects.
All retained earnings generated by Borana Lodge and our other ranching enterprises are re-invested into the sustainable conservation natural capital and the wildlife it supports along with building local livelihoods.
Borana joined The Long Run in 2015 embarking on a sustainability journey committing to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region. Borana became a GER® (Global Ecosphere Retreat®) in May 2020.
Lapa Rios and Pacuare owners and avid conservationists Luz Caceres and Roberto Fernandez recently p...