Sirai House

Borana Conservancy, Laikipia
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Sirai House

Borana Conservancy Laikipia, Kenya

Splendid and sumptuous Sirai House sits in a commanding position within its own 250-acre private estate overlooking wildlife-rich Borana Conservancy. Extraordinarily well-equipped, spacious and welcoming, it offers exceptional levels of comfort and service together with a wealth of safari, sporting and wellness experiences.

Sirai House accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 bedroom suites.

“Sirai House and its staff provide the pinnacle of pioneering hospitality and frontier luxury” 

Sirai House is the epitome of sophisticated safari seclusion and equatorial elegance. For its English owners, it is a long-planned and much-cherished home-away-from-home, built to their exacting specifications and filled with bespoke furnishings and personal treasures. The estate reflects their passion for – and commitment to – Kenya and its wildlife, for outstanding architecture and design, comfort, privacy and hospitality, fine art, fine dining, horse riding, horse breeding – and much more.

The centrepiece of the property, the imposing and impeccable Main House, is home, among others, to the Drawing Room, Dining Hall, Club Room, Cinema, Library and Office. Its interiors are lofty, grand, beautifully-furnished and supremely comfortable. They feature soaring, makuti-thatched ceilings, hand-dressed and hand-carved stonework, magnificent fireplaces and rugged wooden beams and rafters – all crafted and assembled by local artisans.

Six wonderfully private, individual and inviting double bedroom suites are spread out around the surrounding lawns, gardens and grounds.  They and the other buildings of the estate blend beautifully into the surrounding wooded hillsides and bush – complementing and contrasting with the rugged grandeur of the surrounding landscapes. Throughout the property there are spectacular views west across Borana Conservancy and eastwards to the peaks of Mount Kenya.

Sirai House exudes exclusivity and has an unrivalled range of entirely private facilities. Every possible comfort, amenity, luxury and convenience is on hand – from a sumptuous spa and yoga retreat to a plush cinema, from a world-class vintage wine cellar to unrivalled ‘big five’ wild game viewing, from a heated infinity pool to horse stables and stud farm. All are available for just one supremely fortunate group of guests at any time.


“Built by local craftsmen from indigenous materials, Sirai House reflects the owners’ love of architecture, design and art, and has been created with privacy and pure comfort in mind.”

The World of Sirai House

Sirai House is served by team of 40 dedicated and attentive staff. Accomplished head chef George creates bespoke and mouth-watering meals using ingredients sourced locally or grown in the estate’s organic ‘shamba’.  Milk and cream come from Sirai’s Jersey cows and delicious beef from the Borana cattle herds, eggs are from the house’s chickens and honey from its bees. 

What to eat and where and when is entirely at guests’ discretion – whether in the grandeur of the formal dining hall, al-fresco on one of many verandas and terraces, in the poolside loggia or at a sumptuous picnic out in the bush. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets are all happily accommodated.

Great care has been taken by the owners to select exquisite wines to accompany George’s wonderful food. Champagne, house wines, cocktails, vintage ports and digestifs, smoothies, juices and soft drinks are all on tap throughout every stay.  A private cellar houses an additional 3,000 bottles of fine wine and vintage Champagne from the world’s most prestigious vineyards.

Amongst the wealth of recreational facilities on offer are a fabulous pool area with heated 20-metre infinity pool and extensive loggia with bar, sitting area and dining tables, plus a clay tennis court, croquet lawn, boules pitch and granite table tennis table. The secluded and peaceful yoga retreat is perfect for moments of contemplation and relaxation. The luxurious spa retreat has inside and outside whirlpools, steam room and treatment room.

The cocoon-like cinema has nine double ‘love’ seats, with a choice of over 1,000 classic and feature films on DVD, plus Netflix and Apple TV.  There is also a local satellite bouquet so guests won’t miss the latest sports and news.  There is a Sonos sound system in every room and the entre property is outfitted with a 50 mbps fibre-optic wi-fi system.

The grand and traditional Club Room is dominated by its full-sized Sir William Bentley billiard table equipped with cues, arches and balls. It is the perfect place for after dinner conversations over fine cognacs.

The six double bedroom suites are dramatic, stylish, refined and romantic. Natural stone and wood blend with raw linen, suede, sheepskin and sisal. Handmade furniture, dramatic chandeliers and African artefacts mingle with vintage and contemporary photographs and an array of beautifully-chosen objets d’art. The results are harmonious, sophisticated and irresistible.

All the suites are connected to the main house via easy pathways, and their bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting rooms and terraces all feel intimately at one with nature. The bathrooms feature separate showers, capacious free-standing tubs, twin hand basins and separate lavatories. Three of the suites have additional outdoor showers, and all have warming indoor fireplaces and flat-screen televisions.

Bedroom linens are of 400-thread count Egyptian cotton, sourced direct from the Nile Valley. Pillows are American-sized and available in both feather and hypo-allergenic options.  A private rim-flow plunge pool leads off the master suite bathroom – it measures 4x 4 metres, and 1.8 metres at the central deepest section.

Beyond the myriad relaxing pleasures and diversions of the house and estate, there are more than 30,000 wild acres waiting to be explored.  Sirai has its own watering hole and hide for wild animal viewing in situ, and game drives in custom-made open-sided safari Land Rovers, walking safaris, mountain biking trips and delicious bush meals are available to guests throughout their stay. 

Sirai’s experienced and knowledgeable guides are all accredited members of the Kenya Safari Guides Association, and the duration and departure times of game drives and safari bush walks are tailor-made to guests’ wishes.  Riding safaris and specialist birding guides can also be arranged, and a popular excursion is to the tree-top canopy walk and striking blue pools and waterfalls of the nearby 13,000-acre Ngare Ndare Forest.

The nearby Sirai Stud is dedicated to breeding Boerperd x Friesian and South African thoroughbred horses. The immaculate stables in the grounds, with ménage and surrounding paddocks accommodate the resident Sirai horses and foals, and also house the Boutique which stocks a range of covetable African gifts.

Conservation is ingrained within the DNA of Sirai House. As well as helping to fund the operational costs of the conservancy, the Borana Conservation Trust, established by Sirai House, has donated over $400,000 over the past five years to various specific projects supporting local communities through education and health initiatives, as well as via employment and sustainable tourism.

It has helped to provide local schools with learning materials, with financial assistance for secondary and tertiary school fees and with clean water for the pupils.  It has also funded the Borana Mobile Medical Clinic which brings vital care to more than 2500 vulnerable people each year in Laikipia’s most remote areas, and has provided high-end medical equipment for Nanyuki Cottage Hospital.

Other habitat and wildlife conservation initiatives and research programmes include supporting the welfare of rangers working on the frontline to protect against rhino and elephant poaching, funding additional rhino protection and conservation in the conservancy and the installation of electric fencing to enhance elephant conservation, community protection and agriculture security.

‘Sirai Air’ is the property’s very own state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12 aircraft – the first of its type in East Africa.  Built in Switzerland to the very highest levels of precision, design and comfort, it carries 8 passengers in luxury and is available for private charter from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to safari and beach destinations throughout East Africa and beyond. 

A versatile aircraft with a pressurised and air-conditioned cabin, the Pilatus is bush airstrip-capable and can climb above turbulence and poor weather to make every flight as swift and comfortable as possible. The PC12 operates at up to 30,000 feet and cruises at up to 280 knots.  Flying time from Nairobi to the Borana airstrip is just 30 minutes, and from Borana to sister property Sirai Beach at Kilifi on the Kenya coast takes 1 hour 15 minutes.

Sirai House is the ideal base from which to explore Mount Kenya and the rugged Northern Frontier District by helicopter, light aircraft or biplane.  All kinds scenic flights and expeditions can be arranged – from trout fishing trips to elephant orphanage visits.


Laikipia, Kenya

Straddling the Equator and stretching from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya to the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia plateau is one of Africa’s most exciting and exclusive wilderness safari destinations – with abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural and bio-diversity and some of East Africa’s most successful nature and game conservancies.

Ranching, conservation and high-end tourism go hand-in-hand, with few of the constraints that often apply in Kenya’s national parks and reserves.  Night game drives, bush walks, bike tours, horse-riding, camel treks, scenic flights and helicopter safaris are a few the exhilarating pursuits on hand in the extensive private ranches and conservancies that make up much of the region.

Laikipia hosts a wealth and diversity of wildlife second only to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It has significant populations of predators and the “Big Five”, with over 50% of Kenya’s rhinos, thousands of elephants, about 25% of the world’s endangered Grevy’s Zebra, and an increasing population of rare Wild Dogs. The region is home to more at-risk species than anywhere else in East Africa.

Borana Conservancy

The 32,000-acre Borana Conservancy sits just 27 kilometres north of the Equator, 40 kilometres north west of Mount Kenya and 2000 metres above sea level on the Eastern edges of the Laikipia Plateau. Borana is a non-profit organisation and all conservation fees paid by visitors are invested into the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife and into building local livelihoods.

With arid landscapes to the North and ancient indigenous forests surrounding Mount Kenya to the South, Borana Conservancy is a convergence of habitats where a wide variety of wildlife thrives, with large numbers of Buffalo, Eland, Hartebeest and sizeable herds of plains game. Rare Reticulated Giraffe are commonly seen nibbling the Acacia trees, while the cooler forests shelter Bushbuck, Colobus Monkey and the endangered Patas Monkey.

Borana is home to over 50 species of mammal including some of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals, such as Wild Dog, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Lion and Grevy’s Zebra.  Borana is an incredible conservation success story – the fences were removed between Borana and the neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 2014, forming the Lewa-Borana Landscape – one of East Africa’s largest continuous rhino habitats at over 90,000 hectares and home to large and increasing numbers of Black and White Rhino.

For keen ornithologists, Borana is home to over 350 species of birds, including a variety of Eagles, Vultures and the stunningly bright Superb Starling.  Borana also is host to a substantial organic farm, a working cattle ranch and state-of-the-art abattoir and butchery.  Using holistically-raised livestock as a rangeland management tool, the cattle play a vital role in the conservancy’s success story.

In Detail

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Accommodation and Facilities

Main House

  • Drawing Room
  • Dining Room
  • Wine Cellar
  • Outside Dining Veranda
  • Club Room with full-sized billiard table
  • Office and Library – with computer, printer and television
  • Cinema – with 9 double ‘love seats’
  • Covered verandas and terraces
  • Front and back kitchens

Bedroom Suite Cottages

  • Master Bedroom Suite – stand-alone, with 4x4m private plunge pool
  • Suite 2 – stand-alone, bedroom can be configured as a double or a twin, inside & outside showers
  • Suites 3 and 4 – linked by shared sitting room, bedrooms can be configured as doubles or twins
  • Suites 5 and 6 – linked by shared sitting room, inside & outside showers, walkway to private viewing platform
  • All bedrooms have private outside verandas
  • All bedrooms have fireplaces and flat-screen televisions
  • All suites have 50 mbps wi-fi and Sonos sound systems

Outside Spaces and Places

  • 250-acre estate, electric-fenced
  • 24-hour security patrols
  • Water hole and game-viewing hide
  • Heated Swimming Pool – 20m x 5m, 1.8m maximum depth
  • Pool House Loggia – with
  • Dining room, bar and lounge
  • Pizza oven
  • Changing room and shower
  • Granite table tennis table
  • Sun loungers and parasols
  • Gym – with free weights, cardio vascular machines, punching bag and accessories.
  • Tennis court (clay) – racquets and balls supplied
  • Horse stables & menage
  • Spa Retreat – with indoor and outdoor whirlpool baths, steam room and treatment room.
  • A range of spa treatments available at additional cost with a fully trained and qualified spa therapist.
  • Yoga Retreat – with a range of yoga and Pilates equipment and balance barre
  • Yoga and Pilates instruction can be arranged
  • Boutique
  • Boules pitch
  • Croquet lawn
  • 2km running track around the estate
  • Helipad
  • Automatic digital telescope (Meade LS8)

Property plan


  • ‘Big Five’ game viewing
  • Game drives in 4×4 open-sided Land Rovers
  • Walking safaris with experienced guides 
  • Bush meals & picnics
  • Visiting Sirai Stud
  • Mountain biking through the estate and conservancy
  • Riding safaris and specialist birding guides can be arranged

Additional activities include

  • Flying safaris by helicopter, light aircraft or bi-plane
  • Trout fishing on Mount Kenya
  • Forest walkway and platform viewing at the Ngare Ndare Forest
  • Visits to the adjacent Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy
  • Community enterprise and cultural Maasai village visits


  • Fibre optic communications system with 50 mbps wi-fi available throughout
  • Back-up internet system
  • Good cell phone signal
  • Cinema with 1000-film collection, Netflix, Apple TV and local cable TV,
  • Sonos sound system in every room
  • Flat-screen televisions in every bedroom

Management and Staff

Key members of the 40-strong Sirai House team include

  • Tara – manager & host
  • George – head chef
  • Delmas – head of guest services
  • Benedetta – head of housekeeping
  • Michael ‘Twiga’ – head gardener and landscaper
  • Naftaly – head of maintenance

How to get there

  • Scheduled Flights – there are daily scheduled flights by Safarilink and Air Kenya from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to neighbouring Lewa Downs Conservancy from where guests are collected. The game drive to Sirai House takes approximately an hour.
  • Private Flights – charter ‘Sirai Air’ the property’s very own Pilatus private aircraft for a comfortable and speedy trip. The PC12 operates comfortably up to 30,000 feet, putting it above most turbulent weather, and cruises at speeds up to 280 knots. Sirai Air accommodates up to 8 passengers in comfort and luxury on reclining leather armchairs. Sirai Air will fly from Nairobi to Borana Airstrip in approximately 35 minutes followed by a 20-minute game drive to Sirai House through the Borana Conservancy.  Sirai Air is operated by East African Air Charters.
  • Helicopters – Sirai House has its own helicopter landing pad and can arrange helicopter transfers.
  • By Road – Borana is a four-hour drive from Nairobi and a one-hour drive from the town of Nanyuki.

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Sirai House – Rates

Exclusive-use stays for up to 6 guests per night USD 14,000
Additional adult guests (up to a maximum of 12 guests) USD 2,200
Additional child guests (6-12 years) USD 950
Additional infant guests (0-5 years) Complimentary
Guide / pilot accommodation USD 300

Minimum stay – 3 nights
Maximum occupancy – 12 guests and 1 pilot / guide

Conservation Fee per adult guest per day USD 190
Conservation Fee per child guest (5-15) per day USD 95

Included in the rates

Available at additional cost
  • Exclusive use of the property including all amenities and facilities
  • All meals, whether served at home or in the bush, and hilltop sundowners
  • All beverages, including house wines, house champagne, spirits and liqueurs
  • Spa treatments
  • Full laundry, butler service, and babysitting facilities for children
  • Open Land Rover 4×4 safaris, game drives and guided wilderness walks
  • Mountain biking
  • Road transfers from the Borana, Lewa or Nanyuki airstrips
  • Contribution to the Borana Ranch community and conservation projects
  • All local taxes
  • Premium cellar wines and champagnes
  • Staff gratuities (please factor in a recommended $50 per guest per day)
  • Boutique purchases
  • Air transfers and longer-distance road transfers
  • Riding safaris accompanied by experienced guides – $80 per person
  • Ngare Ndare Forest and Blue Pools – $50 per person
  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – $210 per adult per day, $105 per child
  • Cultural visits – $60 per person
  • Fitness and Yoga Instructors – rates available on request
  • Late Departure Fee (available on request) – $100 per person
  • In House Covid-19 PCR Tests (TT Approved) – $100 per person
  • Helicopter and aircraft excursions – rates available on request
  • Quad biking and wilderness camping – rates available on request

Children of all ages are welcome at Sirai House.  In the interests of safety, participation of children in any safari and outdoor activities is at the discretion of their guide