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Laragai House is located in the heart of Borana Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya. It is one of only seven properties within the 32,000 acre conservancy.
Borana Conservancy is set in the shadows of Mount Kenya and only kilometres from the Equator. This incredible landscape is home to the big five as well as many other species of animals and birds. Borana Conservancy is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of habitat and wildlife. Its mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in partnership with our neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. Its holistic approach commits tourism, ranching and other enterprise to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity.
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, Borana and Lewa decided to drop their fences to create the Borana-Lewa Landscape. This decision, which put the needs of the wildlife before anything else, allowed animals to cross between the two conservancies and increases their living space by double to create the largest, and one of the most successful, rhino habitats in East Africa.
Now over 160 black and white rhinos call the Lewa-Borana Landscape home and their relocation, protection and ongoing care has allowed their numbers to flourish over the years. During your stay at Laragai House, we urge you to take advantage of the chance to meet the rangers and understand the efforts that go into protecting them and experience these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Safeguarding rhinos is an expensive, time consuming and sometimes dangerous job. To protect the 160 rhinos on the Lewa-Borana Landscape requires support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On Borana Conservancy, the rhinos and all the other endangered species living on the conservancy are protected by a highly trained team of rangers.
At Laragai House, we encourage guests to visit the Rangers’ Headquarters to learn more about how the 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 also inhabit the area.
Our plains game include zebra (including the Grevy zebra), Grants and Thompson gazelles, Oryx, Jackson hartebeest, 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 cats, 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.
For those bird-lovers, Borana Conservancy has over 300 species of birds, in all colours and sizes.