Located in Borana Conservancy, in Laikipia, northern Kenya, Lengishu is a luxury private house with views over the conservancy and beyond.
Comprised of a main house, two family cottages, and two private rooms away from the main house, Lengishu’s maximum capacity is 12 adults. The whole house is built with local materials, including beams made with teak from northern Kenya and stones and earth that were excavated from the site it was built on. As a result, the lodge blends into its surroundings. The main house has floor-to-ceiling windows, a vaulted lounge and dining area, a gym, a large games room including full-size pool table, and a swimming pool that overlooks the views of the conservancy. Please note that Lengishu is booked on an exclusive basis.
Food & service
All food – dairy, fruit, vegetables and meat – is sourced from a local farm. Having worked at a number of luxury African hotels, the chef is extremely is experienced, and can cater for all dietary needs. The guides and hospitality staff are excellent. As a whole, the service is warm and attentive.
Aside from the huge number of activities available within the house, which comes with the gym, pool, and games room, there is a huge variety of activities available in the conservancy. They include wildlife drives, bush walks, horse riding, sunrise and sunset on Pride Rock, mountain biking and helicopter tours to neighbouring concessions. A major highlight is the chance to join the conservancy’s rangers on their morning duties, tracking black and white rhino on foot. An extraordinary experience, it’s here that we learn and see how tourism is having such a positive impact on rhino numbers.
Lengishu is part-managed by staff at Borana Lodge. This being the case, it shares the conservancy’s ethics.
Commerce and community
There is a 97% employment rate on Borana Conservancy, with staff coming from the locality. This brings revenue into some of the remote communities that surround Borana Conservancy and adds value to conservation, which in turn reduces the pressure of poaching. Borana’s Livestock to Market Programme encourages good husbandry and holistic rangeland management.
Lengishu’s approach to partnering with the local community has resulted in healthy wildlife populations throughout the conservancy, including a huge amount of elephant, three separate pride of lion and regular cheetah and leopard sightings. Lengishu is entirely run on solar energy. They are also members of The Long Run, a membership organisation of nature-based tourism businesses committed to driving sustainability.