Lengishu House


Borana, privately

An exclusive-use family home in Northern Kenya’s 13,000 hectare Borana Conservancy, Lengishu is a beautiful property of stone and thatch set amid rolling hills where wildlife roams.

The main house and its four hand-built cottages can accommodate up to 12 guests, including a scenic pool, a grand main dining area where you'll enjoy hearty farm to fork cuisine and plenty of outdoor social spaces making this a great spot for family groups and friends.

With a team of staff and guides to look after you, you get to choose which activities you’d like to do and when. Some of the exciting ways to fill your day include private game viewing on land and in the air, mountain biking, rhino tracking on foot and horse riding.


At a glance

  • Six rooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Gym and spa

  • Library

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    Game driving and walking safaris

    You can combine your game drive with various other safari experiences like cultural encounters and conservation experiences.

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    Conservation experiences

    One of the most popular activities in Borana Conservancy is rhino tracking. Head out on foot with a ranger at dawn and find black and white rhinos. You’ll spend time identifying them before settling down for a bush breakfast. You can also head out in the evening to some of the rangers’ vantage points around the conservancy.

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    Cultural visits

    A few of the traditional Maasai settlements to the north of Borana will welcome you in to share some of their culture with you. A village elder will give you a short history of their tribe and show you around their village. Your visit will end with a celebratory dance and you’re encouraged to join in. You can also visit one of the schools the conservancy supports.

Community & Culture

The support of Borana Conservancy’s communities is crucial to its success. In order to secure this support, Borana Conservancy works to minimize the impact of the proximity of human habitation to wildlife. The Conservancy’s funding provides a vital range of social and educational programmes for our local communities.

Lengishu's owners Joe and Minnie MacHale are passionate about supporting the community and they believe it is important to raise the value of conservation through employment. The conservancy operates a mobile clinic and also supports nearby schools. Lengishu is running a sanitary pad programme for a nearby school so that no young women have their schooling interrupted.

Lengishu aims to support local people and their traditions. Ensuring that local employment and successful commerce continues to thrive, together with good healthcare and education, is vital for preserving local culture and removing the need to seek employment further afield.


Together with the Borana Conservancy, Lengishu works to make sure the habitat is secure enough for wildlife to thrive. One of the main ways they do this is to manage interactions between humans and wildlife. You’re invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at their conservation efforts by going rhino tracking or helping the team track lions.


With sustainability at the forefront of everything they do, Lengishu was built by team of local builders almost entirely of sustainable materials, most of which were sourced locally. The wooden beams and panels are made of Kenyan timber and gum poles, stone for the floors and design features were excavated from the site, and earth from the site clads the walls.

Water is sourced from two solar-powered boreholes, its purity enabling us to filter, bottle and carbonate on-site, reducing the necessity of importing plastic bottles. Rainwater is collected for irrigation and all greywater is recycled. Electricity is generated by a substantial solar farm and firewood for the evenings is collected from sustainable wood-lots on Borana Conservancy.

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