Kenya

Borana Lodge

A riding holiday in Kenya perfect for families and riders of mixed abilities. Relax on a riding safari at the luxurious Borana Lodge, with views over the Samangua Valley and Lewa Plains. Set out on horseback each day in search of big game including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra or even lion - the less experienced riders can stay in areas of non-dangerous game. Also ideal for non-riders with a great selection of activities available.
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Horseback Safari
10 days / 7 riding
From £4,010
Family holidays
from 8 y.o
Open to non-riders
  • Horses and giraffes in Kenya on  a horseback safari
    Riding with giraffe in Kenya
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    Getting close to a zeal of zebras on horseback
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    The green landscapes of Kenya
  • Luxurious horseback safari in Kenya
    Relax by the pool in one of the luxurious cottages at Borana
  • Horseback safari in Kenya
    Approaching elephants in Kenya is a magical experience
  • Horseback safari in Kenya
    The stunning Kenyan landscape to be explored on horseback
  • Zebras and Horses in Kenya
    Riding in Kenya with the game
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    Ride with buffaloes on your horseback safari in Kenya
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    Rhino during a safari in Kenya
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    Horseback safari in Kenya

Itinerary

Highlights

- Borana lodge has only 8 cottages so feels very private and exclusive
- The lodge overlooks a watering hole so you can view game without leaving your cottage
- Ideal for mixed groups of riders and non-riders as game drives, guided walks and cycling are on offer
- Good game viewing including all of the Big Five
- Three stables of horses so plenty of variety
- Children and novices can ride from one of the stables if they wish
- Arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like (minimum stay of 3 nights)
  • Day 1 1: LONDON - NAIROBI

    Overnight flight from London to Nairobi. If you choose a day flight, which arrives into Nairobi in the evening then you will need to overnight in a hotel in the city before transferring to the lodge the following morning.

    Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request
  • Day 2 2: NAIROBI - BORANA LODGE - 2 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    On arrival at Nairobi international airport you will be met and transferred to Borana lodge, either by road or by light aircraft. If transferring by light aircraft then you will be transferred to Wilson domestic airport to board your flight (these transfers are not included in the listed prices)

    On arrival at Lewa airstrip you will be transferred by safari vehicle to Borana lodge - this is a journey of c. 1-2 hours depending on how much game you meet on the way.

    After being shown to your cottage, you can either relax for the afternoon or go for your first ride to blow the cobwebs away. Dinner is taken with all guests around one large table.

    NB. Please note that this is a sample itinerary and the actual itinerary is flexible depending on your wishes.
  • Day 3 3: BORANA LODGE - 4-6 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking reccommended).
  • Day 4 4: BORANA LODGE

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking reccommended).
  • Day 5 5: BORANA LODGE - 4-6 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking reccommended).
  • Day 6 6: BORANA LODGE - 4-6 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking reccommended).
  • Day 7 7: BORANA LODGE - 4-6 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking recommended).
  • Day 8 8: BORANA LODGE - 4-6 hours riding

    BORANA LODGE
    This programme is extremely flexible: you can choose to ride every day, or go for a walking safari, or even choose to go with a safari vehicle or a mountain bike! You are free, and very welcome, to organise your days as you please.

    Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible experience. For your safety, you will be accompanied by professional, armed guides.

    Other additional activities might include:
    - Safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its population of black and white rhinos,
    - Visits to local Masai communities,
    - For 2+ people, the Camp can organise an overnight stay in a comfortable fly camp with showers and bathroom. A thrilling experience! (early booking reccommended).
  • Day 9 9: BORANA - NAIROBI - up to 2 hours

    Depending on the time of your departure, there may be time for a short morning ride. Otherwise you will depart after breakfast for your light aircraft transfer back to Nairobi.

    You will be transferred from the domestic airport to the International airport in time for your flight back to the UK, which will depart in the late evening. International flights are not included but we can assist with these for you on request.
  • Day 10 10: LONDON

    Arrive back in London in the early morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights are not included

- Prices are based on sharing a twin/double room in a lodge room. Reserve entry fees are included (but are subject to change, please ask us for an accurate quotation). Upgrades to the Villa Rooms are available on request.

- Transfers from Nairobi:
> Road transfers (4.5 hrs from Nairobi to Borana) c. £315 per vehicle.
> Air transfer from Wilson airport (£311 per person high season, £272 low season - single supplements may apply).

- Dates are flexible and you can arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. The above dates are purely to show an example.

- Single supplements are payable if you end up in your own room - they vary according to the season, please contact us.

- There are discounts for children sharing rooms with their parents and children under the age of 5 stay free of charge.

- Fly camping set up fee: $300/group (max 12).

- Hotel accommodation and transfers in Nairobi are not included - there are many hotel options available and we can quote according to your preference and budget.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 horse per rider

Accommodation

Double room in lodges

Meals

Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 9

Extras

Activities including shared game drives (day and night), guided bush walks, horse riding, mountain biking and behind-the-scenes conservation activities, Farm to fork experience

Price doesn't include

Meals

2 meals on Day 9 in Nairobi

Accommodation

Possible night in Nairobi depending on your airline schedule

Transports

International flights
Transfers from Nairobi

Extra

Hotel accommodation and transfers in Nairobi

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
Visas and personal purchase

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement - varies depending on the season and room type, please contact us.
  • January - February 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    31/01/2020 09/02/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    07/02/2020 16/02/2020 £4,010 Full
    14/02/2020 23/02/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    21/02/2020 01/03/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    28/02/2020 08/03/2020 £4,010 Full
  • March - April 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    06/03/2020 15/03/2020 £4,010 Full
    13/03/2020 22/03/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    20/03/2020 29/03/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    27/03/2020 05/04/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    03/04/2020 12/04/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    10/04/2020 19/04/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    17/04/2020 26/04/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    24/04/2020 03/05/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
  • May - June 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    01/05/2020 10/05/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    08/05/2020 17/05/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    15/05/2020 24/05/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    22/05/2020 31/05/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    29/05/2020 07/06/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    05/06/2020 14/06/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    12/06/2020 21/06/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    19/06/2020 28/06/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    26/06/2020 05/07/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
  • July - August 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    03/07/2020 12/07/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    10/07/2020 19/07/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    17/07/2020 26/07/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    24/07/2020 02/08/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    31/07/2020 09/08/2020 £4,540 Full
    07/08/2020 16/08/2020 £4,540 Full
    14/08/2020 23/08/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    21/08/2020 30/08/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    28/08/2020 06/09/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
  • September - October 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    04/09/2020 13/09/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    11/09/2020 20/09/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    18/09/2020 27/09/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    25/09/2020 04/10/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    02/10/2020 11/10/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    09/10/2020 18/10/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    16/10/2020 25/10/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    23/10/2020 01/11/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    30/10/2020 08/11/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
  • November - December 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    06/11/2020 15/11/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    13/11/2020 22/11/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    20/11/2020 29/11/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    27/11/2020 06/12/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    04/12/2020 13/12/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    11/12/2020 20/12/2020 £4,010 Open Book now
    18/12/2020 27/12/2020 £4,540 Open Book now
    25/12/2020 03/01/2021 £4,540 Open Book now

Equestrian info

Horses

There are 26 horses at Borana ranch, mainly Thoroughbreds or Thoroughbred crosses standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. All the horses are well schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles. Most saddles are English style Wintec's but there are one or two Australian stock saddles.

At Ngare Ndare stable near to the Ngare Ndare River there are bush ponies which are suitable for all abilities, including children. These horses live in the bush with the plains game and so can get close to the giraffe and antelope.

At Kisima, further up Mount Kenya, there is a stable of Polo ponies suitable for experienced riders to explore the ancient forest and moorland.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

The horses at Borana Lodge and Kisima are only suitable for competent riders and as this is an area of potentially dangerous game, riders should be capable and confident at all paces in open spaces. However the horses and riding at the Ngare Ndare stable are suitable for children and novice riders, so it will be possible for all guests to ride during a week's stay. Those who wish to ride everyday will need to be at least confident intermediate standard.

Pace

The pace is mixed to include walk, trot, canter and gallop. When watching game, you will be mainly walking, but there are opportunities for faster riding where the terrain allows.

Tacking ability and participation

The horses are tacked and untacked for you.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

As this is a centre based ride, you don't need any special experience and can opt out of any rides for a more leisurely stay.

There are a good selection of horses to suit a wide range of riding abilities, including ponies for children.The guides will tailor the riding to suit everyone. There is faster riding for experienced riders.

Equestrian equipment

Horses are ridden in English tack.
There is a small number of Australian stock saddle and American saddles.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

There are 8 cottages at Borana Lodge - four with double beds and four with twin beds, both of which are Queen size. Four of the cottages have their own verandah; two of the cottages share a verandah. Each of the cottages has an open fireplace and private bathroom.

The lodge is set in a verdant garden of indigenous plants and has an infinity pool overlooking the watering hole frequented by elephants. The main lodge area has a dining room and a sitting room with sofas and armchairs. There are also options for riders interested in spending an overnight at a luxurious fly camp.

Meals

Food at Borana is where ever possible locally sourced, organically grown on their own farms and those of their neighbours. There is juice freshly squuezed from the fruit in the orchard and wine from around the world. The chefs have great fun preparing delicious and healthy cuisine to suit any palette and cater for all dietary requirements and ages. Meals are served in the lodge, in the bush or in a treehouse.

Climate

The weather in Kenya is fine all year round with little seasonal variation.
The long rains fall in April and May and the short rains in November. During the day it will get hot while at night temperatures can drop quite sharply and it can feel cold.
February, March, and April are the hottest months with an average of 20-21° C in the day and maximum of up to 27° C.
The temperatures in May are around 19 ° C.
The coldest months are June, July, August with temperatures between 16 and 17° C with a maximum of 25° on better days .
Temperatures in September are around 18° C.
October, November, December and January have daytime temperatures around 19-20° C and 26° C on better days.

Tips

Tipping is customary in Kenya, always carry some small note denominations for drivers and porters in hotels or airports. It is customary to give a tip at the end of your safari, the amount will depend on the quality of the service you receive. Allow about $10 per day per person for the whole team.

Packing list

There is a 15kg luggage limit, but toiletries, towels, dressing gowns and hairdryers are all provided and there is a laundry service.

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared.
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 15kgs for the light aircraft transfer.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
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-Insect repellent and bite relief cream

Visa & Health

Formalities

Visas
You need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visa, at the Kenya High Commission in London. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival.

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulat du Kenya
    3, rue Freycinet
    75 116 PARIS
    Tél. : 01 56 62 25 25
    Fax : 01.47.20.44.41
    paris@amb-kenya.fr
  • Ambassade du Kenya
    Avenue Winston Churchill 208
    1180 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 340 10 40
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 340 10 50
    info@kenyabrussels.com
  • Ambassade du Kenya
    Avenue de la Paix 1-3
    1202 Genève
    Tél. : 022/906 40 50
    Fax : 022/731 29 05
  • Ambassade de France à Nairobi
    Adresse : Barclays Plaza Tower - 15th floor
    Loita street
    Nairobi
    Tél. : +254 20 277 8000
    Fax : +254 20 277 8180

Health

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Kenya except that you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Kenya) where that disease is widely prevalent. A yellow fever vaccination is generally recommended anyway!
It's advisable to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Kenya. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also Hepatitis A and Typhoid are usually recommended.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk (travelling by bike, handling of wild animals, visits to caves) you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Like most African countries south of the Sahara, Malaria is prevalent in the country. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.Vous devez absolument être assuré en assistance et rapatriement pour participer à nos voyages.

Voltage

220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type square three-pin.

Budget and money

Kenyan Shilling (KES; symbol KSh) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of KSh1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10 and 5.

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted; American Express and Diners Club less so. Major hotels now also accept payment by credit card, as do major safari companies, travel agencies and restaurants. Almost every bank now has an ATM, and they are increasingly being installed at petrol stations.

Telephone and jetlag

The international dialling code for Kenya is +254
Kenya's time zone is GMT + 3 hours

Did you know?

Did you know?

The Borana Conservancy is the non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. The team at Borana work closely with the local community and neighbouring reserves to provide a sustainable ecosystem to endangered species.

One your riding safari in Kenya, you are likely to encounter rhinos and elephants, both tragic victims to commercial poaching. Ivory and rhino horn can be sold for incredible amounts of money on the black market, and the recent years have seen a rise in poaching.

The team at Borana will be happy to tell you more about their conservation efforts during your horseback holiday.