SAFARI IN THE FOOTHILLS OF MT KENYA

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A destination that offers something for everyone.

Riders and non-riders alike can slot into the laid-back way of life in the foothills of Mt Kenya.

Choose to stay at Borana lodge for the week and with 32,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to explore, you’re guaranteed fresh views and a new experience every day. Home to the Big 5 and an abundance of other diverse and often endangered wildlife, ride amongst great herds of game. Admire the expansive landscape and take in the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kenya, come away feeling truly enriched. You may also opt to spend a night in a fly camp set up just for you within the conservancy.

Tailor made multi-day riding safaris lasting from one to eight days can be arranged starting and ending on Borana, and offering an excellent riding experience. There are a variety of itineraries to choose from and you will have the opportunity to cross some of Kenya’s most beautiful landscapes. Visit the high altitude lakes of Mt Kenya or gallop down dry river beds further North.

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, spending time with the armed anti poaching unit, visits to a local Maasai village or sundowners on Pride Rock, the original inspiration Pride Rock in Disney’s Lion King.

QUICK FACTS
Borana, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
Open All Year
Up to 8 nights
Group Size: Max. 6
Minimum of 4 for Cross Country
Advanced for Cross Country
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ride with rhinos in one of Kenya’s most successful rhino conservancy
  • Enjoy exciting riding teamed with a beautifully luscious and relaxing lodge experience
  • Canter with great herds of zebra and gaze upon groups of giraffe
  • Caters for mixed groups of riders and non riders exceptionally
THE DESTINATION

Borana Conservancy is situated north of Mt Kenya in Laikipia. The conservancy plays host to an impressive array of wildlife that includes Africa’s Big 5. The reserve provides secure and important habitat for many endangered species. It also boasts one of Kenya’s most successful rhino sanctuary.

The Conservancy is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife. Earnings from tourism and other commercial enterprises contributes towards the support of communities, wildlife and it’s habitat. Your stay here will act as a direct contribution to safeguarding the future of endangered wildlife in Kenya. This truly is travelling with a purpose.

DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Standard Twin or Double

6 January – 14 June 2019
$ 600pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

15 June – 15 September 2019
$ 700pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

16 September – 19 December 2019
$ 600pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

20 December – 5 January 2019
$ 700pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

Included
• All conservation & park fees
• Full board accommodation
• All drinks throughout your adventure (except Champagne)
• A private and expert guide
• All riding
• Game drives (day & night)
• Walking
• Local airstrip transfers

Excluded
• International flights and visa
• Internal flights from Nairobi or vehicle transfers
• Travel insurance
• Gratuities

YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary if you were to do a trail ride (needing a group of 4 or more).  Please enquire for the Borana lodge-based itinerary.

Day 1 - Borana

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) – transfer to Borana. This will either be via private charter or on the scheduled flight to Lewa Downs.

Get introduced to your noble stead and head out for your first evening ride. Overnight at Borana Lodge.

Day 2 - Borana

Wake up on a glorious African morning and the birds singing. Ride out of the stables with a picnic breakfast packed in your saddlebags, ready for the day’s adventures.

Spend a relaxed lunch and afternoon back at the Lodge.

In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive or walk on Borana. Overnight Borana Lodge.

Day 3- Ngare Ngare

Leave after breakfast and ride east through Borana down to the Ngare Ndare River. Overnight fly camp under the stars.

Day 4 - Kisima

Ride through the famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with an opportunity to see rhino from horse back. Saddle bag lunch en route to Kisima – the family home of the Dyers. Long riding day. Overnight Kisima.

Day 5 - Lake Rotundu

Leave Kisima early after breakfast and ride up onto the moorland. Picnic lunch on the mountain, riding in to the log cabins at Lake Rotundu. Overnight at Rotundu.

Day 6 - Lake Rotundu

Try your luck fishing at Lake Alice. Another lovely ride over the moorland. Overnight at Rotundu.

Day 7 - Kisima

Ride back over the moorland and into the rosewood forests of Mt Kenya to Kisima House. Visit the flowers or the farm in the afternoon. Overnight at Kisima.

Day 8 - Borana

Leaving after a delicious farm breakfast at Kisima, ride down through the Ngare Ndare Forest with a picnic lunch awaiting you at the blue pools. An amazing opportunity to swim in the crystal clear spring water. Carry on over Samangua and back to Borana. Overnight at Borana.

Additional Activities at Borana

  • Game Drives
  • Rhino Tracking on Foot
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Mountain Biking
  • Deployments with the Borana Conservancy Anti-poaching Unit
  • Visits to Ngare Ndare forest
  • Local School Visits
  • Local Masai Village Visits
THE ACCOMMODATION

The lodge is situated on a beautiful hillside with panoramic views throughout. An infinity pool allows you to relax while watching elephant and other game make their way down to the dam below. There are four stand-alone cottages and two family suites to choose from. Each with their own spectacular view; one with its own private plunge pool.

Lunch is provided buffet-style in the pavilion above the pool. All rooms and cottages are close to the main area of the lodge with a cosy sitting room and bar. The is a dining room where drinks and dinner are served in the evening.

QUICK FACTS
Borana, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta Nairobi International Airport (JKIA)
Open All Year
Up to 8 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Minimum of 4 for trail rides
Intermediate and above
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ride with rhinos in one of Kenya’s most successful rhino conservancy
  • Enjoy exciting riding teamed with a beautifully luscious and relaxing lodge experience
  • Canter with great herds of zebra and gaze upon groups of giraffe
  • Caters for mixed groups of riders and non riders exceptionally
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Standard Twin or Double

6 January – 14 June 2019
$ 600pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

15 June – 15 September 2019
$ 700pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

16 September – 19 December 2019
$ 600pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

20 December – 5 January 2019
$ 700pppn SHARING + $115pppn CONSERVANCY FEE

Included
• All conservation & park fees
• Full board accommodation
• All drinks throughout your adventure (except Champagne)
• A private and expert guide
• All riding
• Game drives (day & night)
• Walking
• Local airstrip transfers

Excluded
• International flights and visa
• Internal flights from Nairobi or vehicle transfers
• Travel insurance
• Gratuities

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Dealing with African Horse Safaris was an absolute pleasure. The entire process was streamlined and painless, and my horse adventure was incredible. I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Skye Littlefield
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Borana are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • All our horses roam freely during the day in a herd environment and are tucked safely in stables at night.
  • As we nearly always do rides from the lodge – rather than mobile safaris – guests can request to use the same horse every day for the duration of their stay, however, we love changing the horses to give guests different experiences and give the horses rest.  After a long day of riding, horses will get the day off.
  • All the tack is cleaned daily and checked for wear and tear and correct fitment.
  • We have a resident farrier-groom and the farrier trainer comes in once a month to check on the horses’ feet. The teeth get checked every year by horse dentists from the UK.

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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