Lengishu luxury lodge opens in Kenya
Lengishu is a stunning family home situated in the heart of the Borana Conservancy, the country’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary, which spans 30,000 acres of sustainable wildlife habitat. Offering accommodation for up to 12 guests, Lengishu is a haven for adventure and luxurious experiences in a leading wildlife destination with a sustainable ethos.
Owned by the MacHale family, Lengishu was born from their love of Kenya, with an appreciation for the beauty of the country and the friendliness of its people. Having lived, worked and holidayed in Kenya, the MacHales jumped at the chance to become the last shareholder on the Borana Conservancy to help support their vision for conservation in Laikipia. Three years in the making, Lengishu has now opened its doors to guests.
Lengishu is nestled in a ridge offering stunning views across Laikipia plains, whilst blending seamlessly into its surroundings, thanks to its sustainably sourced design. The property was designed and built by Ben Jackson with significant input on design issues by Minnie MacHale. Emma Campbell acted as project manager and worked with Minnie on the interiors.
When building the lodge, the aim was to have as little impact on its surroundings as possible. The stones have been excavated from the site itself, sourced when the foundations were laid. The wooden beams and panels are made from teak and gum poles from Kenya, the walls are rammed earth or stone and the floors are stone and wood. The interiors are tastefully decorated in neutral tones with splashes of red in a nod to the MacHale’s Scottish heritage and that of their neighbours, the Maasai community.
Lengishu has six bedrooms within four cottages that are all separate from the main house. The rooms are ideal for those travelling as couples, a group of friends or with the entire family. The property also has a wide range of facilities, including its own gym, a games room, infinity pool, in-house masseuse, studio, and pétanque pitch.
For those that want to venture away from the property, Lengishu is the ultimate base to explore the Borana Conservancy and beyond. Lengishu can organise various activities, including game drives, mountain biking, fishing on Mount Kenya, horse riding, helicopter flights, quad biking and lots more. One of the most loved activities is taking part in the valuable conservation work by joining anti-poaching units who track rhino on foot – 2018 saw 16 rhino births, supported by over five years of zero poaching.
Conservation plays a major part at Lengishu. Not only is the design of the property sustainable but also the water is sourced from solar-powered boreholes and the food is organically grown and sourced locally. The MacHales are also shareholders of Borana Conservancy and, as such, contribute to core conservation costs on an annual basis. Collectively, the Conservancy supports numerous health, education and microenterprise programmes outside the bordering.
The dedication and commitment from the staff and the MacHales will not only be observed by guests who stay at Lengishu but it will also be reflected within the hard work that goes into the conservation of land and wildlife. The team focuses on protecting the environment and appreciates the importance of a strong relationship with neighbouring communities.
HOW: Guests can stay at Lengishu from £6,500 per night, based on six people sharing. Conservation fees of £90 per adult and £45 per child per night apply and are non-commissionable. Fees for children under 5 do not apply.
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