Intimate and exclusive, Borana Lodge is perched on the slope of a hidden valley overlooking a waterhole where animals come to drink. It was here that the Disney animators came to draw their inspiration for the Lion King - for many people the Borana landscape is Africa. Built mainly from fallen cedar, and virtually wholly constructed from natural materials, the lodge blends with the craggy stone outcrops of the escarpment - indeed they are incorporated into the building in several places - and almost appears to grow organically from the hillside. The rock hyrax that live in the rocky overhangs certainly find the lodge very much to their taste, and appear to be checking out the guests as they sip their morning coffee! Vast windows in the drawing room allow wide panoramic views across the arid grasslands and all the interior spaces use and reflect the light and space of the surrounding plains. Decoration also emphasises the natural and uses neutral tones, African prints, and a variety of polished woods including a wonderful rosewood table, leathers and butter-soft suedes.
Much care has been taken with the living space. Not only is the architecture profoundly user friendly but all the small details have also been considered. The six stone cottages that surround the main lodge are beautifully equipped yet still allow an authentic wilderness experience. Here you will find the most luxurious of beds and bathrooms: lovely views, the prettiest of fabrics, beautiful rustic artefacts, old Indian teak doorframes, fireplaces, robes in muted African prints, scented bath essence...and so much more. A masseuse with magic fingers is available to soothe aching limbs in the privacy of your own cottage.
Borana's exclusivity enables the staff to give a truly efficient and individual service. Early morning calls come with tea or coffee and muffins warm from the oven. Lunch is a wonderfully generous still-life of a buffet in the stunningly sited swimming pool area. Dinners are slightly, but not much, more formal. Farm grown fruit and vegetables, excellent meats, and freshly baked breads are expertly prepared and elegantly served.
Morning, afternoon and night game drives are available at Borana. As most come particularly to see the game they are offered plenty of superbly-guided opportunity and the excellent bird, animal and plant lists in the cottages are also fascinating. Additionally, Borana offers horse riding, guided walks, fishing, a fly camp on Mount Olololowke, bird shoots, day trips to Samburu and the Aberdares, a shop stocked with gorgeous artefacts, and a sublimely relaxing ambience.
· Swimming pool
· Highly skilled Samburu guides
· Game drives - morning, afternoon and night
· Curio shop
· Six cottages with private bathrooms
· Closed 15 April - 15 May