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is a large private conservation area which covers the uplands immediately to the west of the better known Lewa Downs Conservancy
in the Laikipia East
area of north-central Kenya
This area feels very exclusive, enjoying very low visitor density and containing only a couple of very high quality lodges. As well as the usual safari activities, these lodges both offer very high quality horse-back safaris.
There are plans in the future to remove the fences that presently separate the Borana and Lewa Downs areas to create a single large reserve to serve as a wildlife buffer zone between the heavily populated lands to the south and the open range lands to the north. However these plans are taking a frustratingly long time to come to fruition.
This reserve, as its name implies, is rather hilly, with many of the tracks being extremely steep and dusty, meaning that wildlife viewing can be something of a challenge. Vehicle safaris are therefore sometimes supplemented with drives down into Lewa Downs.
We tend to recommend the two lodges here on Borana most commonly to guests who are very keen on horse-back safari and are prepared to compromise slightly on the sense of wilderness. They both feel distinctly uncommercial, more like privately-owned family retreats than conventional safari lodges ...Borana Lodge
... is the slightly larger option, catering for couples and smaller groups.Laragai House
... is similarly upmarket, but can only be rented in its entirety to families and private groups.
The area is usually accessed by scheduled light aircraft service into the airstrip in the adjacent Lewa Downs area, which connects with both Nairobi
and the Masai Mara
. The usual stay duration is 3 to 5 nights.
Borana Hills is most commonly combined by air with other popular locations around Kenya such as the Masai Mara
, Laikipia North
and Chyulu Hills