Borana is a privately owned and run lodge in Kenya’s remote Laikipia area. The lodge has a spectacular setting on a hillside in the shadow of Mount Kenya’s jagged peaks. Borana operates like a family home and children of all ages are welcome.
Accommodation & Facilities
Of the eight stone and thatch cottages clustered around the main lodge, two are designed specifically with families in mind. Family cottage 1 is close to the main lodge area and ideal for a family of up to six. The twin and double en-suite rooms are next door to each other and share a veranda with stunning views. There is a children’s twin room located below the double room.
The second family cottage is situated further from the lodge and is perfect for families with teenage children. Upstairs is a twin en-suite bedroom whilst downstairs is the most spacious double room at Borana overlooking its own plunge pool. Private dining facilities make it ideal for families.
Additional beds can be put in the twin rooms and small cots can fit in the double rooms
Furniture fashioned of cedar, leather and hand painted fabrics enhance the rustic yet sophisticated interiors. An infinity pool overlooks a waterhole regularly visited by game, particularly elephant which frequently swim in the lake.
Eating & Sleeping
The kitchen is very happy to cater for children and there is a set children’s menu typically offering fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, cauliflower cheese and ice cream etc. Babysitting (children being looked after at the lodge while parents are out on activities) can be arranged at US$20 per day. In the evening a night watchman can sit outside children’s rooms and radio the dining room if they wake.
Wildlife & Activities
Wildlife viewing is excellent, with day and night drives possible both locally and in the reserves nearby. In addition fly fishing on Mount Kenya, bird watching, swimming, riding horses and mountain bikes, and guided walks through the forest are also available.
Specifically with children in mind …..
• Horse riding – Borana has around 50 horses in its stable and children as young as three have ridden around the farm. There are helmets available for all ages.
• Mountain biking – bike helmets available for children from ten years old.
• Game drives – checklists, colouring pages and games are all available for children whilst on game drives and all guides delighted to entertain children.
• Guided walks – guides are very keen to take younger guests on walks around the lodge looking for plants, insects, lizards etc.
• Cooking & baking with lodge chefs