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Lengishu – Luxury Safari Home Receives GER Status, Kenya

Lengishu Wildlife - Photographed by Brian Siambi

Lengishu, the luxury Kenyan safari home and esteemed member of the environmental membership organization The Long Run, is delighted to announce that it has become one of only twelve properties worldwide to have achieved Global Ecosphere Retreat® (GER®) status, recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. 

Located in Borana Conservancy in northern Kenya, Lengishu has been a luxury retreat for wildlife enthusiasts since its opening in 2019. Sustainability has been at the core of their mission, with owners Joe and Minnie MacHale emphasizing and participating in responsible and sustainable practices. They aim for a minimal environmental footprint, evident in their conservation efforts, such as investing all conservation fees from guests into protecting the ecosystem and wildlife of Borana Conservancy, particularly the endangered black rhino population. 

Lengishu consistently implements sustainable practices, from water sourcing through boreholes with solar power to an on-site kitchen garden irrigated by rainwater. The house’s construction utilizes locally sourced materials crafted by local artisans. Joe and Minnie are committed to local employment and provide certified training programs for their staff to develop various skills. 

Lengishu’s achievement of Global Ecosphere Retreats® certification underscores its commitment to sustainability, surpassing industry norms. As a GER®-accredited safari property, Lengishu stands as a model for sustainable and responsible tourism, offering a welcoming environment for environmentally conscious travelers. Beyond providing employment and opportunities for local communities, the home actively conserves surrounding wildlife and biodiversity, fostering a balanced coexistence with nature.