A private home in the Borana Conservancy – amid Kenya’s Laikipia region, at the foot of snow-capped Mount Kenya – Sirai House occupies a secluded 250-acre estate. Its position high on a ridge yields spectacular views in all directions, looking over indigenous forests and game-rich hills or plains. There’s an animal-rich waterhole close to camp.
For several years, Sirai’s owners 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 this project grew. They’re now shareholders in that Conservancy: a non-profit organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife.
The panoramic location of the house, at one of the Conservancy’s highest points, is wholly memorable and provides guests with staggering views from every room. Despite such a spectacular position, however, Sirai still sits gently in its surroundings, entirely at one with the surrounding flora and fauna.