Lengishu is found on the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of 6,500 feet just North of the equator. This leads to hot, sunny days with seasonal and sometimes strong winds and cool, calm nights. Given the altitude, temperatures can vary wildly from 30°C during the day to 6°C at night.
Lengishu is open all year-round. Although becoming harder to predict, there are two rainy seasons in Kenya; the long rains typically occur from the end of October to November and the short rains are towards the end of March or April and throughout May. The most popular months to visit are June, July and August, as well as Christmas and New Year.
May is a lovely time of year to visit – short showers in the morning make for exceptionally clear views and dramatic sunsets.
Private charter flights are recommended and are available from across East Africa to the Borana Conservancy Airstrip – a 15 minute game-drive to Lengishu.
Daily scheduled flights are also available from Nairobi Wilson to Lewa Downs – a 1 hour 30 minute game-drive to Lengishu.
Road transfers can be arranged, Lengishu is a 5 hour drive from Nairobi.
Please get in touch if you would like help with your travel arrangements to and from Lengishu.
Lengishu is available for a minimum stay of three nights, although we recommend five nights in order to make the most of your time.
With such a wide variety of activities available, most guests stay for a week or more.
We recommend packing a fleece or warm jumper, as well as a lightweight, windproof jacket. Cotton or linen clothing is the most comfortable for the warm days, and muted colours are best for game viewing.
At this high altitude, good sun cream, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are essential. The sun can be very strong.
A good pair of walking shoes is highly recommended. The ground around Lengishu is uneven and many of our guests choose to enjoy guided bush walks on the Conservancy.
Lengishu has a fantastic infinity pool so remember your swimwear.
Due to the high altitude, Lengishu and Borana do not have mosquitoes and are therefore malaria free and mosquito nets are not necessary. This makes it a wonderful destination for young families as there is no need to take anti-malaria medication.
As with anywhere in the world, insects can find their way into the house. Our staff are very understanding and will happily assist with anything which could make your stay more comfortable.
The chefs at Lengishu are well trained in a selection of worldwide cuisine. There is a strong Farm to Fork ethos, with the majority of ingredients being sourced from an organic farm within Borana Conservancy.
Lengishu is proud to offer high quality drinks, if you would like anything in particular please let us know in advance.
The tap water at Lengishu is completely safe to drink. In addition, it is filtered, bottled, and when desired carbonated in-house and served in glass bottles, thereby dramatically reducing our use of plastic.
There is wifi across Lengishu. The local telephone service providers are Airtel and Safaricom, both of which have good service.
Smart TVs in the bedrooms are connected to Netflix and the study is connected to DSTV, the local satellite TV provider. You’ll also find Sonos in the main house and in the pool area.
Lengishu’s electricity is provided from our 74 KW solar farm, powered with 28 solar modules. This allows for 240V power to be available 24 hours a day, with any excess energy stored in 72 deep cycle batteries for use at night. All plug sockets fit UK square three pin plugs.
Hot water is heated by a solar system. The pool is heated and pumped by additional solar panels.
Hairdryers are provided and are low wattage so as not to interfere with the solar system.
All guest rooms have safes for storing valuables.
A daily laundry service is included.
Lengishu recommends $10 USD for your guide per person per day and $20 for the house staff per person per day. These can be paid by cash or card on departure. This is only a guideline and tips are very much at your discretion.
Visa requirements for Kenya vary depending on nationality. To obtain entry into Kenya all travellers must have a passport with two blank facing pages, at least 6 months of validity and a valid entry visa. Visas are not available on arrival and must be applied for in advance through the eVisa website. Please note the visa processing fee is non-refundable and incomplete visa applications will be rejected.
Six stylish bedrooms across the hillside, the property sleeps a maximum of twelve guests with additional guide or pilot accommodation if necessary.
Lengishu offers some of the most authentic ways to encounter Kenya’s wildlife and wilderness.