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2018, the Year of the Rhino

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In 2018, the Lewa-Borana Landscape is proud to report 18 new rhino births, which brings the total rhino population to 97 black rhino and 87 white rhino. This accounts for 14% of Kenya’s Rhino population. This is complemented by five years of zero poaching incidents across the entire landscape.

Borana Lodge is at the heart of Borana Conservancy, since the introduction of rhino, Borana Lodge has become the only lodge in the entire of the Lewa-Borana landscape to commit all retained earnings into the conservation of land, wildlife and building local communities.

Borana Lodge is a sustainable safari property with eight unique rooms. Four stand-alone cottages built into the hillside out of sustainable materials, excavated from the site itself. Two further family cottages are joined by sitting rooms and outside dining areas. Each cottage is unique in style and character.

Borana Lodge is one of the original eco-lodges in East Africa. The lodge is completely solar powered and offers guests an unparalleled safari experience. With activities ranging from the traditional game drives and bush walks to more adventurous horse riding, fixed-wing scenic flights, mountain biking and nights camping in the bush.

Borana Lodge offers it’s guests the opportunity to take part in ‘behind the scenes of conservation’ activities. These give a unique insight into how a conservancy is run. This includes accompanying Borana Conservancy’s wildlife rangers on their evening deployments and tracking both Black and White Rhino on foot at first light.

Borana Lodge is a Long Run Destination. These are carefully selected due to their commitment to Community, Conservation, Culture and Commerce (the 4 Cs). Borana Lodge’s sustainable lifestyle commits all retained earnings to the core operating costs of Borana Conservancy. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • The recurrent training and welfare of over 100 wildlife rangers. These rangers patrol Borana Conservancy day and night, 365 days of the year, performing vital game counts and ensuring the safety of all wildlife and surrounding communities.
  • A mobile clinic run out of the back of a modified Land Rover. Registered with the Ministry of Health and the National Hospital Insurance Fund, the Borana Mobile Clinic is run by three nurses. The clinic visits 10 locations and all of the schools in our catchment on a two-week rotation with a focus on basic health care, HIV awareness, family planning and children’s immunizations.
  • The Borana Education support program. This program funds the salaries of teachers at 6 different local primary schools, sponsors over 30 scholars to 15 different secondary school locations and sponsors 8 different students with university scholarships.
  • A Livestock to Market Program which encourages good husbandry, the best practice of holistic rangeland management and importantly generates returns for livestock owners, whilst mitigating seasonal risks associated with drought.

Staying at Borana Lodge truly is traveling with a purpose. For more information please get in touch with Eloise Best.

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