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Laragai House is set in the heart of Borana Conservancy. One of only six properties within the 32,000 acres, Laragai House feels a deep and personal connection to the landscape, wildlife and communities that can be found here.
Borana Conservancy is a conservation-focused landscape, set in the shadow of Mount Kenya, and only kilometers from the Equator. This incredible landscape is a home to thousands of animals, including nine endangered species. The conservancy’s mission is to provide a sustainable eco-system for the wildlife, while also in partnership and total harmony with neighbouring communities. Borana Conservancy is dedicated to building local livelihoods and enhancing the eco-system’s integrity for generations to come.
Laragai House has a commitment to contribute to the collective funding of the protection of wildlife, welfare of the rangers, and promotion of community projects – all run in partnerships with the properties, and through Borana Conservancy.
In 2013, in an innovative move, the two neighbouring conservancies of Borana and Lewa decided to drop their fences.
This decision, which put the needs of the wildlife before anything else, allowed animals to cross between the two conservancies and increased their living space by double and created the largest, and one of the most successful, rhino habitat in East Africa.
Now, over 160 black and white rhinos call the Lewa-Borana Landscape home – their relocation, protection and ongoing care has allowed for their numbers to flourish over the years and during your time with us at Laragai House we urge you will take advantage of the chance to meet the rangers protecting them, visit ongoing efforts to protect the rhinos, and in you are lucky, see one of these incredible creatures for yourself.
Safeguarding rhinos is an expensive, time consuming and, sometimes, dangerous job. To protect the 160 rhinos on the Lewa-Borana Landscape, round the clock care and support is needed. On Borana Conservancy, the rhinos (and every other animal living there – we have eight other endangered species) are protected by a highly trained team of rangers.
At Laragai House, we encourage guests to visit Headquarters to learn more about how operations work, go out rhino tracking with the rangers as they check rhino movements and join evening deployment as the rangers go to work for the night.
This experience can provide a firsthand look into the conservancy works, and how you, as a guest, can share our work when you return home. Your stay directly impacts the lives of both the wildlife and the rangers who protect them, and a visit to understand how your stay has contributed can be enormously impactful.
Borana Conservancy is famous because of our rhino population – but thousands of other animals call the area home.
Our plains animals include zebra (as well as the Grevy zebra, one of the endangered species and a delight to spot), Grants and Thompson gazelles, Oryx, Jackson hartebeest (endangered), impala, giraffe (including the diminishing reticulated giraffe) and buffalo.
Larger animals that can be spotted include elephant, cheetah, an abundance of leopard, hyena, bat-eared fox, jackals, hippos, serval cat, genet cats and civet cat – it is not unusual for guests to spot the Big Five even on the way from the Borana airstrip to the House!
Smaller beasts are also plenty too. For those bird-lovers, Borana Conservancy has over 300 species of birds, in all colours and sizes.