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In February we hosted our first press at Lengishu for 2023

In February we welcomed guests from House & Garden and Travel + Leisure to stay for a few days and to experience Lengishu and the conservancy first hand. 

They flew overnight landing into Nairobi at first light. A quick transfer over to Nairobi Wilson Airport they were greeted by the lovely East African Air Charters team who organised a transfer flight direct to Borana Conservancy. From here the Lengishu team whisked them back to the house, with a quick game drive on route, to settle in, unpack and relax. Following breakfast on the terrace they indulged in massages – much needed after a long haul flight. The day was then spent lounging by the pool, lunching whilst watching the elephants in the nearby waterhole and taking a walk to the nearby Pride Rock followed by a game drive with sundowners.

Day two began with a game drive where multiple rhinos were spotted, young lions were dozing in the morning sun and the endangered Grevy’s zebra came to say hello. By lunchtime our guests were enjoying a picnic lunch by the Ngare Ndare river surrounded by nature, watching baboons playing on the rocks.  

The evening was spent around a fire enjoying sundowners in Lengishu’s very own sundowner spot which offers views for miles reaching out to neighbouring Lewa Conservancy. 

The third and final day started with a special rhino tracking activity – shadowing the conservancy rangers who track and account for all rhinos each morning. Our guests learnt how to track rhino, how to identify each individual and how to safely move through the bush on foot. This unique experience gave our guests a true behind the scenes insight into how the conservancy keeps rhino safe. Efforts were rewarded with a delicious bush breakfast by the Lengishu team, all set up under the  shade of a giant Euphorbia. Coffees and eggs were devoured before being shown round the Mazingira Yetu Centre – a place encouraging schools to learn and be aware of their inheritance of Kenya’s wildlife, raising awareness for the next generation in a grass roots way. 

A quick lunch back at base before being picked up by East African Air Charters once again for the return leg to Nairobi. It was an absolute pleasure to host and we are looking forward to hosting our next trip.

In February we hosted our first press at Lengishu for 2023
This month it’s a ‘conservation’ focus

The number of rhinos on the Lewa Borana Landscape (LBL) increased from 247, with 131 black and 116 white at the end of 2021 to 254, with 133 black and 122 white at the end of December 2022. By the end of March 2023, it has been accounted that there are 255 rhinos across the LBL, 132 black rhino and 123 white rhino. 

The average growth rate in the 2020-22 window across the LBL for black rhino was 7%, compared to 10.5% in the 2019-21 period. Since the LBL inter-calving interval is 2.7 years, this low calving rate was expected after the peak calving rate in 2021. But on Borana there is a very respectable birth rate of 40% per adult female i.e. 40% of females have calves every year on Borana and the mortality rate is also very low. There are now 30 breeding white rhino females across the LBL and calving patterns indicate we could expect six black rhino calves this year.

This month it’s a ‘conservation’ focus
This month it’s a ‘conservation’ focus
The Long Run - What is the GER Standard?

Lengishu has been a member of The Long Run since 2020. This is the world’s leading membership community of nature-based businesses who are committed to driving holistic sustainability and regeneration. As a member, we aspire to maintain a healthy and productive planet for posterity. Our membership supports us and guides us to excel in the highest sustainability standards via the 4C framework; community, culture, conservation and commerce. Lengishu is now committed to becoming a Global Ecosphere Retreat ® (GER) location by 2023 – but what is a Global Ecosphere Retreat ®?

The GER® standard is considered to be one of the world’s best standards for privately protected areas.  This standard is ultimately for those nature-based tourism businesses that are exceptionally motivated to be a force for the greater good and are, or aspire to be, the best of the best in sustainable tourism. ⁠

The Lengishu team has been and continues to work hard to achieve this accreditation; this is one of the most rigorous sustainability audits in hospitality worldwide and we look forward to updating you again on this soon, hopefully sharing the news that we have officially been awarded GER status!

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