Laragai House
The sitting room in the evening Flying over elephants in the helicopter
The sitting room in the evening
Flying over elephants in the helicopter

Laragai House

Laragai House is found on the foothills of the mighty Mount Kenya, with the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers to the south and a panorama of mountains and rugged desert to the north. Originally built as a country retreat by Lords Valentine and Michael Cecil, Laragai offers unparalleled seclusion and comfort in a breathtaking setting. This private home, owned by George and Lucilla Stephenson, is only booked on an exclusive-use basis.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

Guests have full exclusivity to Borana’s 32,000 acres of protected wilderness, and can encounter extraordinary scenes of wildlife in their original, untainted environment on foot, on horse-back, by helicopter, on mountain bikes or even on night drives in open safari vehicles. Borana recently opened up as a rhino sanctuary and is now home to 21 Black Rhino.

Need to Know

Laragai House is booked on an exclusive use basis, where only one party can take the house at any one time. Borana Conservancy has an airstrip where chartered flights can land, just 15 minutes away from the House. There is also a helicopter landing site at the house. Borana is at an altitude of 6000ft, and is therefore malaria free.


SafarisSafaris


Experience the wildlife and wilderness of Borana Conservancy on game drives, bush walks, horse riding safaris, helicopter flights, mountain biking and night drives. Game drives and night drives: Vehicles are open-air, custom-built, four-wheel drive, and are fitted with radios, spotlights and blankets for the evenings. Borana’s drivers and guides have extensive local knowledge of the area, as well as professional training and very sharp eyes – guests are guaranteed an exciting and informative experience. Since Borana is private property, there are no game park rules and no one else can obscure your view at big game sightings. Guided bush walks: Walking is a very personal and peaceful way to see wildlife; the slower pace means that the finer details of the bush are enhanced and not easily missed, and guests can experience all shapes and sizes of the wildlife, flora and fauna, lead by the experienced guides. Horse riding: Borana has two stables, one with ex-polo ponies suitable for experienced riders, and one with Ethiopian ponies, suitable for children and inexperienced riders. The stables use mostly English saddles, although a western saddle is available upon request. Rides usually leave in the early morning or late afternoon, and can be combined with bush picnics or a sundowner. Pride Rock: Borana is home to the original Pride Rock, which inspired the animators of the Disney feature film, The Lion King. Walking up to Pride Rock for a picnic or a sundowner is a must-do activity on Borana. Mountain biking: Borana is a spectacular environment in which to cycle. Groups of up to 6 bikers can head off lead by an experienced guide. Bush meals and sundowners: Having a bush breakfasts along the river under the trees, or a bush dinner under the stars with a big fire are very popular activities on Borana. Most days are topped off with a toast to the sunset somewhere on the ranch with a beautiful view. Helicopter excursions: Scenic helicopter rides and fishing trips are easily organized from Borana with Tropic Air, up to Mount Kenya, to Lake Turkana or over the beautiful and varied landscape of the nearby area. Fly camping: For a great bush experience spend the night in a comfortable tented camp anywhere on the ranch. Conservation Activities: There is always plenty going on on the conservancy to get involved with. Join one of the security rangers on their daily monitoring, track and help identify our pride of resident lion, rise early and assist locating our Black Rhino using telemetry tracking devices.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Home to the Big 5 – leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as other abundant wildlife and endangered species such as wild dog, patas monkeys, striped hyena and a myriad of over 300 species of bird, Borana is a teeming hub of life.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Visiting the Ngare Ndare Forest: On Borana’s eastern border lies the beautiful Ngare Ndare forest – a high-altitude, equatorial cedar and fig forest. The birdlife is spectacular and guests can visit the forest tree-top walk way and view game below suspended from the canopy. Guests top this experience off as one of the most unique on Borana, and can take a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Blue Glacial Pools in the forest. Cultural visits: Borana has many neighbouring Maasai villages where guests can visit to experience authentic Maasai culture. Kisima Floriculture visits: Guests can go up to Kisima to see the horticultural and agricultural side to Borana, having a tour around the greenhouses growing roses, the wheat fields and mill, and the timber project. Lattitude Adventures: Fancy something different while on Safari? Then pre book a quad bike or buggie safari where you will be picked up from the lodge by experienced guides at around 9am and spend the day driving yourself on a quad bike or two-seater buggie either visiting the Ngare Forest or the Mokogodo Forest.

FacilitiesFacilities

• Luxury bedrooms with fire places and en-suite bathrooms • Gift Shop with Visa/Mastercard/Amex facilities • Spa - beauty therapist and masseuse • Large, spacious dining room, bar and sitting room with big fireplaces • Infinity swimming pool, outdoor lounge and deck area • Internet connectivity in the sitting room • Free laundry service • Hairdryers • Safe and telephone • Safari drive twice daily, horse rides and bush walks, mountain bikes • Game rangers, hosts and chefs • Gym with cross trainer, bike, rowing machine, yoga equipment and free weights • TV room with Satelite TV (DSTV) and a large selection of DVDs • Gym with cross trainer, bike, rowing machine, yoga equipment and free weights • Clay tennis court • Games room with table tennis, croquet, darts, and various other games • Sonos music system throughout the house

AccommodationAccommodation

The house comprises of 8 bedrooms all of varying size and layout. There are two master bedrooms both with large en-suite bathrooms, fire places in the bedrooms an d spectacular views north over the Laragai Valley. There are a further two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms also each with en-suite bathrooms. Lastly there are two smaller rooms (kids rooms) which connect through the bathroom to one master bedroom and these rooms both have twin beds and share their own bathroom.

AccoladesAccolades

Borana Conservancy won the Eco Warrior Award for Private Conservancy of the Year 2013.

SeasonSeason

Laragai House is open all year round, apart from November.

Average StayAverage Stay

One week.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Starting from $3360 for a minimum of 6 adults per night. Additional adults $600 pp per night. Inclusive of conservation fees.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Laragai House is geared towards having children on safari, with an array of activities to keep all ages busy, including fishing, horse riding, assisting in the lodge kitchen and learning how to prepare local dishes, safari themed treasure hunts and visits to Pride Rock.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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