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The unique geographical location makes the 32,000 acre conservancy a haven for a wide diversity of wildlife: buffalo, eland, hartebeest and herds of plains game. Reticulated giraffe are commonly seen nibbling the acacias, while the cooler forests shelter bushbuck, colobus monkey, the endangered Patas monkey and elephant. Predators are also found here, including large packs of wild dog, leopard, lion and cheetah.
Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, the wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region rank only second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem. The diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part in Kenya, hosting the highest populations of endangered species, back rhino (half of Kenya’s total population) Grevy’s zebra (70% of the world’s population), reticulated giraffe, the only population of Lelwel hartebeest in the country and Africa’s only expanding population of the rare wild dog
The best times to be out are from first light for the morning drive, and from teatime onwards for the afternoon drives. Night game drives give you the opportunity to discover a range of unusual and nocturnal animals under the breathtaking African stars.
Guests are able to track wildlife on game drive vehicles, as well as by foot, or horseback.
There are two stables on Borana Conservancy, one for beginners and children (Ngare Ndare) and the other for more experience riders called Borana Stables.
At the Borana Conservancy Head Quarters, there are over twenty horses suitable for the more experienced rider. From here, guests can explore Borana and beyond, riding among a variety wildlife species which populate the conservancy.
The horses are thoroughbreds or thoroughbred-crosses, standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. All the horses are well-schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles. English-style Wintec saddles are used and have a few Australian stock saddles. These are chosen specifically to ensure the comfort of both the horse and rider.