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The House

“You are lifted and you see all from above” ~ Francesca Marciano

A private home in the Borana Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya, located at the foot of snow-capped Mount Kenya, Sirai House sits in a secluded 250-acre estate, high on a ridge with spectacular views in all directions, surrounded by indigenous forests and game-rich Kenyan hills and plains.

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Borana

For several years, the owners of Sirai had searched Kenya for the perfect site to build a contemporary East African lodge. In 2009, a serendipitous meeting with Michael Dyer, a third-generation member of the Kenyan family who established the Borana Conservancy, provided the seed from which the project grew. They became shareholders in the Conservancy, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife.

Sustainability

Working with neighbours and the community, Borana’s mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem for critically endangered species. It takes an holistic approach to ensure tourism, ranching and other enterprise fund the building of local livelihoods and enhance the ecosystem integrity.

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A Kenyan Home

“It’s summer every day and winter every night” ~ Olov Hedberg

Built by Kenyan craftsmen with local materials, the house celebrates a love of architecture, design and location. Sirai takes its name from the Maasai word for the euphorbia tree, which, along with the wild olive trees and cedars, dot the ridge on which the house sits.

 

 

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Location

To the north the panorama stretches across Lewa Downs and the country’s northern frontier towards Samburu, to the west the vast expanse of the Conservancy and to the south, ancient forests and the iconic outline of Mount Kenya.

More than 35,000 acres in size, Borana is just 17 miles north of the equator and is at an altitude of around 6,500 feet – which means the weather is warm during the day and cool at night all year round. The high altitude also means the region is malaria free.

 

Panorama

The location of the house, one of the highest points in the Borana Conservancy and with 360 degree panoramas, is utterly unique and provides guests with staggering views from every room. Despite the spectacular position, Sirai, like a pride of lions perched high on a mountainside, sits gently in its surroundings, at one with its native African flora and fauna.