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Borana Conservancy


Borana has a long history, dating back to 1918 when at the end of the first World Way, Will Powys was sent to what was then British East Africa. Will made a great success of his pioneering enterprise, and over the years brought out some of his neighbours. The land on which the Borana Lodge now stands was brought in 1928. Now his descendants carry on the legacy, starting the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary in 1983 and setting the foundations for the Lewa-Borana conservancy.

With their passion, they have created a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of the wildlife, habitats and local people of the area. The Conservancy is nestled between an arid landscape to the north and ancient indigenous forests to the south. This 32,000-acre 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 to Borana Conservancy. Once they were settled and had established their territories, the fence between Borana and neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was dropped forming one continuous landscape. This ecosystem, known as the Lewa-Borana Landscape, allows the wildlife free rein over 90,000 acres of intact African wilderness. Together with Lewa, this environment hosts a thriving community of over 250 rhino (both black and white), making this one of East Africa’s largest continuous rhino habitat.

Mission Statement of the Borana Conservancy

Their mission, in partnership with neighbouring communities is to provide a sustainable ecosystem for critically endangered species, including black rhino, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. Their holistic approach commits tourism, livestock and other commercial enterprises to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity. Borana has assisted the funding, development, marketing and management of community-owned conservation initiatives like Tassia, Oreteti and Il N’gwesi. They also work collaboratively with the Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure that the locals are not adversely affected by human wildlife conflict.

All visitors to Borana Conservancy pay a conservancy fee with their accommodation. These funds are monitored and carefully spent on a variety of different facets which ensure the continuation of Borana’s conservation efforts across the conservancy and beyond. No shareholders receive dividends and the sustainable approach devotes tourism and other enterprises to building local livelihoods, habitat preservation and enhancing ecosystem integrity


How your money helps

Examples of what they have achieved and how your money helps:

From a founding population of 21 Black Rhino the area is now home to a thriving community of over 250 rhinos, both black and white. These are protected 24h a day by an amazing team of trained rangers.

Through the Borana Education Support Programme they invest in primary, secondary and tertiary education for local children through contributions to bursaries, faculty and facilities. Supporting the conservationists of the future!

A mobile clinic has been set up which administers thousands of services in the surrounding neighbourhoods – focusing on health education, family planning, HIV aids counselling, anti-natal care and immunisations along with everyday ailments.

They have implemented an employment policy whereby Borana Conservancy provides employment, pensions and health insurance to over 400 members of their immediate community.

Borana aims to become carbon neutral over the next 3 years – a goal that might be achieved sooner. They do this by creating their own solar electricity, growing their own food for the lodges and using electric vehicles for game viewing and conservation drives.

Experience this for yourself

Head out on a horse safari and make a tangible difference in Africa!

The Borana Conservancy is home to the original Pride Rock and the inspiration for the Lion King. Home to an abundance of diverse and often endangered wildlife, and with the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kenya in the distance, you’ll soon see why this area is so special. Choosing to stay at Borana lodge for a week with 32,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to explore, you’re guaranteed fresh views and a new experience every day. Explore this unique destination on horseback, game drive or on foot. The riding on this horse safari is fun and varied with the possibility to ride for 2 to 6 hours a day.  And for those who want to learn more about the behind-the-scenes, you can head out with the scouts to track the rhinos or spend time with the unsung heroes of Africa.

Non-riding group members will not be missing out and can arrange to take part in a wide range of activities. Borana has enough to entertain the whole family. Highlights include, game drives, guided walks through the bush, cycling through the wilderness, spending time with the armed anti-poaching unit, visits to a local Maasai village or sundowners on Pride Rock. There’s also an incredible fly-camping experience with a night or two spent under the stars.

The Conservancy is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of landscape and wildlife. Earnings from tourism and other commercial enterprises contributes towards the support of communities, wildlife and its habitat. With your lodge stay, you also pay a nightly conservation fee, which acts as a direct contribution to safeguarding the future of endangered wildlife in Kenya. This truly is travelling with a purpose!


PHOTO CREDITS ON THIS PAGE: James Lewin, Shaun Mousley, Borana Lodge and Borana Conservancy