Accommodation in Mount Kenya

With magnificent views of majestic Mount Kenya, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, offering a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden, the Club’s illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.

Fairmont Safari Club Mt. Kenya Room Types

There are 115 standard and superior guest rooms spread out in the delightful grounds of the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Superior accommodation comprises Suites, Studio Suites and Cottages. The Suites have a twin-bedded room, with fireplace, one sitting room, a fully stocked mini-bar, private veranda overlooking the river and Mount Kenya, and a large bathroom with sunken bath.

The Studio Suites each have double bed and fireplace, private veranda overlooking the river and Mount Kenya, sitting area, a large bathroom with sunken bath, and a fully stocked mini-bar. The superior guest rooms are located in the Garden Suites, William Holden Cottages, Riverside Cottages, and the three houses, Lenana, Batian and River House.

Standard Guest Rooms           

Each standard guest room is furnished with rugs, bedside lamps, dressing tables and built-in wardrobes, and a fireplace. In every bathroom there is a 115 / 240v shaving socket, overhead showers and bathtubs, flush toilets, washbasin. Also each bathroom has shampoo, body lotion, bath and shower gel, bathrobes, freshly laundered towels, hot and cold running water, water flasks and drinking water.

Superior Guest Rooms

Each superior guest room is furnished with rugs, bedside lamps, dressing tables and built-in wardrobes, and a fireplace. In every bathroom there is a 115 / 240v shaving socket, overhead showers and bathtubs, flush toilets, washbasin. Also each bathroom has shampoo, body lotion, bath and shower gel, bathrobes, freshly laundered towels, hot and cold running water, water flasks and drinking water. Tea and coffee making facilities, and a kettle, are available in all superior guest rooms.

Activities At Fairmont Safari Club Mt. Kenya

For those who wish to spend time relaxing at the Club, there are many recreational activities available: horseback riding, golf, croquet, a putting green, a bowling green, table tennis, swimming, a beauty salon, an animal orphanage and much more. To be able to relax and appreciate the superb setting, the personal attention lavished on all our visitors, the numerous activities and superb cuisine, one night is just not enough. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is the ideal base for a truly superb holiday in Kenya. With some of the country’s finest attractions on the doorstep visitors can enjoy an enormous range of excursions and activities without spending hours and even days travelling between each.

Heated Swimming Pool – There is a large outdoor heated swimming pool, manned by a pool attendant from 7:00 to 6:00 p.m. The surrounds of the pool are an ideal venue for cocktail parties for 15 to 500 persons.

Rose Gardens – Pay a visit to the Club’s beautiful rose gardens.

Animal Orphanage – The animal orphanage managed by the neighbouring ranch and the William Holden Foundation can be visited from a special entrance in the Club grounds.

Local Excursions – Guided game walks in the Sanctuary are scheduled daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Clients are escorted by a naturalist, which makes for a very interesting two-hour walk, as the expert is a mine of information about the animals.



Accommodation in Mount Kenya

This timbered tree hotel is set amid the primeval forests on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya and offers a tranquil retreat with sweeping views across the tree-canopy. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to the hotel’s own water hole and salt-lick, which attract numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. Activities include guided walks through the forest, trout fishing in the clear mountain streams and trips to the high mountain moorlands.

Mount Kenya – which reaches 5,199 metres – is Kenya’s highest mountain, a magnet for climbers and one of the world’s highest National Parks. As an extinct volcano it has a unique landscape of protected ancient forests (fast disappearing in other areas) and is also a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site with diverse plant and animal life.

Mountain Lodge is owned and run by the high-quality Serena group of hotels. It has been carefully designed to complement its natural environment and make the most of its wonderful setting with the use of timber and elevated wooden decks, giving guests unsurpassed views of the area.

A timbered drawbridge leads from the forest and up to the lodge. Inside, there are log panelled walls, timbered game-viewing decks and winding stairs leading to a selection of snugly comfortable, cabin-styled rooms.

A tunnel leads to a photo-hide, which offers spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities just metres away from the wildlife at the water hole.

Serena Mountain Lodge Room Types

Serena Mountain Lodge has 41 non-smoking guest rooms, each constructed in a timber cabin style. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the water hole. The décor, which echoes the Kikuyu culture, features hand-woven wall hangings, soft lighting and cosily-warm soft furnishings. Rooms feature WiFi connectivity, complimentary mineral water, toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, room service, valet service and laundry service. There is a safe facility at reception.

Facilities & Activities at Serena Mountain Lodge

The attractive gallery dining room is at tree-top level affording wonderful views over the canopy and beyond. There is also a bar with central fireplace and viewing deck.

Activities available from the lodge include guided forest walks to learn about the plant and animal life in the surrounding area, trout fishing in the mountain streams, a tree-planting programme and guided climbs of Mount Kenya. Bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be arranged at nearby scenic locations.

There is also a library, gift shop and business centre and beauty treatments such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures are available.

Food and Drinks at Serena Mountain Lodge

The central dining room is raised to tree level offering long views over the forest canopy. All meals are served on a buffet basis and showcase both local and international cuisine. The panelled bar is decorated with scenes from Kikuyu life and features a central fireplace and access to the viewing platform over the waterhole.

Breakfast and lunch are presented in table d’hôte where hot meals are served from the kitchen and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.

The table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of the meat and dairy products, as well as the fruits and vegetables, are sourced from the communities that surround the mountain.

The wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. There is a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. Only the finest Kenyan coffee and tea is served and there is a range of fruit and herbal infusions.

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

Porini Rhino Camp is in a secluded valley, on the banks of a seasonal river and under the shade of acacia trees. The camp consists of just seven spacious and comfortable guest tents, each having been carefully sited to take advantage of the wonderful surrounding views. Each tent is tastefully furnished and has solar-power lighting and en-suite hot shower and flush toilet. The camp is specially designed to have minimum environmental impact (with no permanent structures and using eco-friendly fuel). The camp is fully inclusive of meals, drinks (gin & tonics, beer, wine, sodas and mineral water) as well as day and night shared game drives, escorted walks, sundowners, a visit to Baraka the Black Rhino & Information centre and a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The Conservancy ensures excellent game-viewing and game drives – with “proper” open-sided, off-road (4×4) safari vehicles and expert safari guides.

Porini Rhino Camp is in a secluded valley, on the banks of a seasonal river and under the shade of acacia trees. The camp consists of just seven spacious and comfortable guest tents, each having been carefully sited to take advantage of the wonderful surrounding views. Each tent is tastefully furnished and has solar-power lighting and en-suite hot shower and flush toilet. The camp is specially designed to have minimum environmental impact (with no permanent structures and using eco-friendly fuel). The camp is fully inclusive of meals, drinks (gin & tonics, beer, wine, sodas and mineral water) as well as day and night shared game drives, escorted walks, sundowners, a visit to Baraka the Black Rhino & Information centre and a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The Conservancy ensures excellent game-viewing and game drives – with “proper” open-sided, off-road (4×4) safari vehicles and expert safari guides.

Porini Rhino Camp Ol Pejeta Location

Ol Pejeta conservancy has a large area of over 60,000 acres reserved exclusively for 4×4 vehicles and this is where our Porini Rhino Camp is located. The conservancy has over 10000 large mammals and is the only park where the big 5 and chimpanzees can be seen. It is the largest sanctuary in East Africa for the endangered Black Rhino and is also a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. There are southern white rhinos, about 80 endangered black rhinos and in a special sanctuary there are three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino

Porini Rhino Camp Facilities

  • Solar energy powers the lights in the tent and throughout the camp.
  • There are no electrical outlets in the guest tents and all battery charging is done in the manager`s office.
  • The tents do not require mosquito nets around the beds as the tents are insect proof with screen windows and a zipped up door.
  • Insect repellant towelettes are provided in the tents Fire and safety equipment are strategically placed in the camp.
  • Laundry can be done upon request.

Rooms Types

NUMBER OF ROOMS: Porini Rhino Camp has just seven guest tents.

ROOM DÉCOR: The tents are very spacious and have private verandas along the length of the tent, providing a secluded and private ‘space’ for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of this African wilderness. The seven tents are comfortable with thick, soft rugs laid on the vinyl floors. These are traditionally themed safari canvas tents large, bright (three of the four walls are entirely made of mosquito screen) and comfortably functional – perfect for people who want a tented camp experience without frills. The beds are comfortable and wrapped in cosy blankets and soft towels.

ROOM AMENITIES: Each tent contains a double /twin and single bed with bedside tables, torch, gas and kerosene lanterns, wardrobe for hanging your clothes, luggage rack, en-suite toilet with bucket walk-in shower and wash basin sink, writing desk with lamp, carpets of sheep skin rugs on the floor LED lighting, Chairs and table on veranda for relaxing. Hot water bottles in each bed keep you warm on chilly nights.

Foods & Drinks options

Porini Rhino Camp offers fully-inclusive meal plan that caters for all meals, drinks (gin & tonics, wine, beer, sodas and mineral water). Ice cold drinks are available upon request. Premium drinks are also available at an additional cost. The meals are crafted to complement the authenticity of the safari experience. All meals are served on a set menu basis, with warming hearty breakfast in the morning, light invigorating lunches and dinners served in the mess tent, at least during one of your two or more night stay here you will enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic setting depending on the weather. The camp caters for all dietary requirements; guests with special or specific dietary requirements are requested to advice the camp upon booking confirmation.

Activities at Porini Rhino Camp Mt. Kenya

  • Shared morning, evening and night game drives with excellent guides in the conservancy
  • Escorted walks with Maasai Guides
  • Sundowners at scenic spots, the opportunity to see the Big Five
  • Get to meet Baraka the Black Rhino
  • Visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Visit to Endangered Species Boma to see World’s last Northern White Rhinos
  • Lion Tracking excursion
  • Visit to the Morani Information Centre to learn about the different wildlife species that live on Ol Pejeta
  • Walking Safari

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

It’s location in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya’s national parks makes Sweetwaters Serena Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp is an exclusive and sheltered oasis assembled around a water hole. It provides an amazing wildlife viewing experience where you can see animals from the comfort of your rooms.
The original 39 tents overlook the water hole. A swimming pool on the Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers respite from the African heat. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching. Camel treks, daily and nightly game drives, and cultural dancing will not disappoint the guests who want to get up and around.

A few of the services and activities offered at Sweetwaters Nanyuki. Wedding venues, with honeymoon suites located on-site and grand views of wildlife, are available for newlywed couples.

Highlight of a Stay at Serena Sweetwaters; Excellent game viewing with stunning views of Mount Kenya in the background.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Location

The camp lies at the centre of the 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains 17 kilometres from Nanyuki and 217 kilometres from Nairobi. Transfers by road from Nairobi take approximately 3-4 hours

About Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, the 110,000-acre private wilderness of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of wildlife, including all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).Offering one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya and a higher wildlife to acre ratio than any Kenyan national park, the conservancy offers sanctuary to a number of endangered species, most notably the rare Grevy’s zebra and the Jackson’s hartebeest. The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the conservancy also hosts the only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Kenya

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Facilities

  • Day and night game drives daily
  • Swimming pool
  • Central Rhino Restaurant
  • Colonial-styled lounge and bar
  • Extensive grounds
  • Private waterhole and night viewing bar
  • Conference room
  • Cultural dance and music
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, Wi-Fi
  • Telephone in room
  • Babysitting services and a baby cot in the room, offered upon request
  • 24hr on-call medical services available
  • Camel treks, guided nature walks, bird spotting

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Room Types

Sweetwaters Serena Luxury Tents

Accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp in Kenya is comprised of 56 tents, each with its own en suite bathroom (hot and cold running water, 24-hour hot showers and flushing WCs). All tents have canvas interiors, solid floors and separate thatched roofs. Electricity is provided by 24 hour generator. 14 of the tents are on raised platforms with private balconies, the rest have private verandas, all with safari chairs and tables. Extra beds and cots can also be provided.

Total number of tents:

  • 52 including one adapted for the physically challenged
  • 16 Double Standard Tents
  • 23 Twin Standard Tents
  • 8 Double Morani Tents
  • 7 Twin Morani Tents
  • 2 Triple Morani Tents

Foods & Drinks options at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

The Rhino Dining Room at Sweetwaters Serena is located within what was once the ranch manager’s house and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterhole. The bar is also located within the house and features a blazing log fire and a typically colonial ambiance.

The Water Hole Bar at Sweetwaters Serena Camp Nanyuki is located in a traditional ‘hide’ which overlooks the water and offers unique opportunities for wildlife viewing. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices.

In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Our table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.

Breakfast and lunch

Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices.


The dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits, and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available.

Activities At Sweetwaters Serena Camp

  • A range of health and beauty treatments*
  • Day & Night game drives daily with dedicated driver-guides*
  • Guided bird walks*
  • Lion tracking* (Morning only)
  • Board games and library
  • Visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Bush Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner*
  • Sundowners at the Marsh Viewpoint*
  • Camel rides*
  • Jogging
  • Wildlife movies
  • Zumba
  • Tree planting
  • Archery
  • Water colour painting

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

Rhino Watch Lodge is a small, exclusive, luxurious family style lodge home away from home promoting sustainable tourism. It’s is known for excellent food and the serene conditions created within the lodge.

Rhino Watch Lodge offers accommodation in luxury tents, individual chalets and family chalets, and a honeymoon house. The Lodge is ideal for everybody including children, the aged & physically challenged.

This boutique lodge is located around the Mt Kenya region on the Nyeri Nyahururu highway. It’s a 20 minutes’ drive from Nyeri town. Rhino Watch Lodge is located near the road and is easy to access on good asphalt roads. The Lodge offers a beautiful view of Mt Kenya. Warm hospitality and a friendly atmosphere await you.

If you are in search of some peace and tranquility away from the city life, Rhino Watch Lodge is a perfect place to relax and recharge.

Rhino Watch Lodge is a popular stop over for tourists on an African Safari. It is also loved by Photographers and film teams have often come to this lodge to work with the lodge to glean from some of the experience and expertise the staff has gained over the years.

Surrounded by three wildlife reserves, Rhino Watch Lodge, is strategically positioned to give you quick access to; Solio Reserve, Aberdare National Park and the Ol Pajeta Conservancy. This is the ideal base for safari game drives in the Mt Kenya / Aberdare Region.

Rhino Watch Lodge Facilities


Enjoy reading a book beneath one of our covered lounging areas or Take a dip into the Rhino Watch Lodge infinity pool with a breath-taking view of Mt Kenya, the pool is 15m long and 8m wide. It has a baby pool and is 1,90m deep on the Infinity end.


You and your children can enjoy bike riding while staying at Rhino Watch Lodge. The Lodge has a wide range of bikes for all ages that can be given on a request basis.

Weaver Bird Spa

You can visit Rhino Watch Lodge spa during your stay with us and enjoy a wide range of treatments from our spa menu. You can also enjoy other facilities which include a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Bush Bar

Drinks are served in Rhino Watch Lodge cozy bush bar, the bush bar was completed in September 2012, offers maximum comfort in a warm atmosphere.

Central Dining

Rhino Watch Lodge experienced staff and complete kitchen allow us to offer virtually any type of food. The menu includes vegetarian dishes, a children´s menu, fresh fish from the Indian Ocean or the mountain streams of the Aberdares, the best quality beef from the pastures of the central highlands, and Indian rice dishes. You name it, we can prepare it.

Conference Room

Rhino Watch Lodge has a well-equipped conference room with enough space for you to hold your meeting during your stay.

Children Play Corner

Rhino Watch Lodge has a well-equipped children play corner with cozy reading space, toys, chairs, and tables for drawing.

Rhino Watch Lodge Room Types

Luxury Tents

The Luxury tents are furnished with either a queen size bed or 2 single beds. The baths are built of stone, offering a comfortable shower, a washstand and a toilet. In front of the veranda you will find a flower garden.

Exclusive Chalets

The exclusive chalets offer a living- and bedroom of 25 sqm, furnished with a king size bed. The spacious bathroom comes with a shower, a toilet and a washstand.

Family Tents

Family Tents have enough space for your family to share special moments together. The very spacious family tent has two bedrooms and a living room. The bedrooms are equipped with a double bed and two single beds. There is also a desk and shelves. The spacious tent is also ideal for longterm stays.

Family Chalets

Two family chalets are available at the Rhino Watch Safari Lodge. These large houses, which are ideal for families, have a living and sleeping area with 30 square meters, as well as another room with 20 square meters. Both rooms have their own bathroom. In the large room, which is intended for adults, there is a king-size bed and a spacious sofa bed. The smaller room has a bunk bed and can be converted to two single beds if required. The houses have been deliberately designed to be large in order to offer visitors who want to stay longer a tasteful and comfortable place to stay.

Honeymoon House

Rhino Watch Lodge is the perfect setting to celebrate your honeymoon; our Honeymoon House offers a perfect blend of luxury and privacy making it ideal for a romantic safari honeymoon.

Foods & Drinks options at Rhino Watch Lodge

Being a Boutique Lodge, the Rhino Watch Lodge chef is flexible on what is prepared for the guest. Special dietary needs catered for with advance notification. There is one central dining area, one bar and outdoor deck, perfect for breakfast and lunch.

Activities At Rhino Watch Lodge

  • Game Drives
  • Safaris
  • Mt Kenya Climbing
  • Bird Watching
  • Giraffe Walk
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Coffee safari

Rhino Watch Lodge Extra Services 


Rhino Watch Lodge is Ideal for hosting small corporate strategic and planning meetings. It has the perfect atmosphere to make and layout plans.

Babysitting services

For clients traveling with children, nanny services can be organized. The Lodge however need to be notified at the time of making the booking.

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

Aberdare Country Club is tucked away in the Aberdare Highlands on a slope of Mweiga Hill. This Country Club delights itself in retaining a solid, old-time feel of leisure and living. With many two-bedroom cottages, family cottages, a honeymoon suite, a nursery, and a VIP suite. This Country Club satisfies the guests and doesn’t skimp.

The Country Club used to be the homestead of an English couple that had decided to settle in Kenya. Almost a half-century later, their home, “The Steep”, was renamed to the now Aberdare Country Club and it is open for guests. With its rich history, the Aberdare Country Club has retained the charm of a private home rural with the simple comforts of a country inn. The Aberdare Country Club is one of the best lodges in Nyeri and the Mt Kenya region.

Are you looking for something to do? Enjoy every moment in the club’s wildlife sanctuary abounds with African animals. Grant’s gazelles, zebras, giraffes, and the more reclusive leopards. It is a safe and beautiful place of unhurried charm set in a garden bursting with a profusion of color, with peacocks stalking the green bush lawns. You can move or horse ride through this undamaged beautiful place, play a round of golf-watched by a family of warthog, fish for trout, play tennis or rest by the pool or in the beautiful gardens. From here you can see the sunset with the stunning Aberdare Mountains as a backdrop.

The staff at the Country Club delight themselves in ensuring every guest is affords every luxury during their stay. The Country Club, only a 2 hr drive from Nairobi.

This Country Club is a sister property to The Ark. Many guests like to combine a visit to the Aberdare Country Club with a night at The Ark. Contact us to book The Ark. Transfers service between The Ark and Aberdare country club is in the rates and operates at a designated time. Private transfer is available at extra cost. The distance from Nairobi to Aberdare Country Club is 190 KM and 17KM to Nyeri Town.

Aberdare Country Club Rooms Types

All the rooms at The Aberdare Country Club are in the form of cottages and one standard suite. The cottages are as follows:

– 19 Two bed room cottages, 01 Three Bedroomed Cottage, 01 Five Bedroomed Cottage, 01 Standard Suite

From the above cottages, the under listed are suitable for families, honeymooners and those wanting something extra.

– Honey Suckle, the Nursery Cottage, Kinangop Cottage, 2 Deluxe Rooms, VIP Suite

Our two deluxe rooms are set within The Nursery and the Kinangop cottages with their own doors and do not interconnect to any other room. This makes them suitable for the individuals as well as families.

Food & Drinks options in Aberdare Country Club

Main Restaurant:

Offering first class cuisine with a selection of European, Asian and Kenyan dishes, the dining room is situated in the main building along with the lounge bar.

Picnics within the Sanctuary:

While seated and sipping your Chardonnay you can enjoy views

Of Mount Kenya and Aberdares, which can only be spoiled by giraffes obscuring the view.

Lounge bar

The lounge bar has a lovely fireplace to enjoy those colder evenings.  Come and relax in a warm atmosphere on the comfortable leather sofas. Enjoy your favorite tipple and chat about the day’s activities with friends and family.

Activities Aberdare Country Club

  • Horseback Riding
  • Golf
  • Bird Watching
  • Sundowner
  • Nature Walk
  • Champagne Breakfast
  • Bush Culinary Experience
  • Hiking
  • Safari Drive
  • Solio Game Reserve
  • Aberdare Game Sanctuary
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Tennis

Aberdare Country Club Extra Services 

Due to its expansive grounds and activities, only two and half hours from Nairobi and fifteen minutes from Nyeri town, Aberdare Country Club is well suited for many kinds of activities. These include but are not limited to:

  • Conferences and meetings.
  • Team Building or bonding Activities.
  • Corporate Functions including golf tournaments and product launch.
  • Bush breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sundowner.
  • Schools and Children outings.

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

First opened in 1969, the Ark Kenya offers guests a truly rare experience to observe wildlife since it is situated inside the Aberdare National Park. What distinguishes this gaming lodge from the competition is the conceptual reversal of safari tours and game drives. The hotel overlooks the Yasabara waterhole with saltlicks to attract local wildlife so they can be observed throughout the day from the comfort of the hotel.

Reminiscent of the biblical ark, the building has numerous decks, balconies, and lounges from which guests can watch the continuous comings and goings of animals around the waterhole. The floodlight also allows viewing throughout the night. Guests can observe the behaviors and individual personalities of the elephants, rhinoceroses, buffalo, monkeys, leopards, bushbucks, bongos, and plethora of birds that frequent the site. The rare vantage point, especially in the bunker on the ground floor, provides excellent photo opportunities. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole

The Ark Kenya offers a complete immersion into the African plains, even restricting vehicle access to protect the environment. The location ensures that you won’t miss a thing during your stay.

The Ark Kenya Room Types

The hotel provides 60 guestrooms with single, twin, double, and triple-bedded cabins that are comfortably furnished.

All “cabins” have an en-suite shower and bathroom. Accommodation in The Ark is in the form of cabins that are self-contained with a shower and toilet. The rooms are on three levels – Deck A, Deck B and Deck C.

Deck  C  is the main deck where all the main lodge facilities are located, including the restaurant, cloakrooms and bar. There is also access for wheel chairs, for those who require it.

From the safety and comfort of all the four decks, one can watch the wild animals visiting the water hole in front of The Ark.

  • Six single bedded rooms
  • Thirty seven twin rooms with two single beds in each room
  • Ten double rooms with one queen bed in each room
  • Seven triple rooms with three single beds in each room

* Please note: The triple-bed cabins are the best rooms for families.

Food and Drinks in The Ark Kenya

The restaurant offers excellent cuisine for dinner and breakfast, either as a buffet or set menu, depending on the number of guests. Lunch is served at the Aberdare Country Club. However, on advance request the same can be organized at The Ark.

The food is very fresh with organic vegetables and spices picked from the Aberdare Country Club gardens accompanied by fruit are brought in daily from the village. The Chef is always on hand to cater for special dietary requirements. A collection of fine wines is available from The Ark cellar.

Activities at The Ark Kenya

Wildlife at The Ark  Kenya

Visitors can observe different animals, such as elephants, leopards, buffalo, rhinos in the park. These animals come to the waterhole and can be seen from the comfort and secure decks.

Elephants dominantly rule the waterholes and salt licks. There are other animals that come to drink water such as hyenas, which have to contend with elephants chasing them off at great speed. Some animals such as leopards are shy. However, the leopards are often seen in the morning and evening during safari drives.

While on game drives or walks through the forest, you may chance upon various monkeys, such as the Colobus and Vervet monkeys, for whom the Aberdare National Park is an ideal habitat. Many birds are also found here. In the forest there are many animals like the Red Duiker, Suni, Bushbuck, elephants, buffaloes, leopards etc. The moorland thickets are the home of Bush Duicker and Black-fronted Duicker and also the Black Rhino.

Safari Drive at The Ark Kenya

Half or full day safari drive to The Salient and The Moorlands in Aberdare National Park. Search the forest for a plethora of animal activity, and capture that perfect photograph to take back home.

Game drives to the Solio Sanctuary, a private game reserve that extends between the spurs of Aberdare Mountains and Mt. Kenya are possible too. This 25,000 hectare reserve became famous because of its unique success in the rearing of the White and Black Rhino. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes and zebras can also be spotted in large numbers.

Guided Bush / Nature Walk at The Ark Kenya

Enjoy various guided bush walks through the well-developed trails in the park. Our guides have in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and wildlife. The KWS rangers will be happy to answer any questions you have about animals or the history of the area. It is mandatory to have a ranger for the walks in the park.

Bird Watching at The Ark Kenya

Bird life found in the forest is abundant and varied with over 250 species of bird recorded. The most conspicuous group is the Sunbird, with four abundant species: Tacazze Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, the emerald-green Malachite Sunbird and the tiny, double collared Sunbird.

Birds can be watched whilst on a safari drive or on an organized nature walk.

Visit to the Moorlands at The Ark Kenya

At the moorlands you will see the magnificent waterfalls of River Magura, River Karuru and River Chania.

Trout Fishing at The Ark Kenya

Up in the moorlands, trout fishing can be done in the moorland’s small rivers, the major one being the River Chania, within Aberdare National Park.

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

The Outspan Hotel Nyeri, located at the heart of Kenya’s tea and coffee growing highlands and near the spectacular Karuru Falls is an ideal getaway for any fun loving person. It has great ambience, vibrant gardens and verdant green lawns where peacocks roam at will.
In 1926 Major Eric Sherbrook Walker and his wife Lady Bettie chose the perfect spot between the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya to build their dream Hotel in Nyeri. After purchasing land from the government, they built a new four bedroom hotel with private baths and running water.
The Walkers offered a bottle of champagne to whoever suggested the best name for the new hotel. It went to Grace Barry, a saw-miller who suggested Outspan meaning the place where the traveller outspan (un-harnesses) his weary oxen at the end of the day’s journey. Outspan was officially opened to the public on New Year’s Day 1928 with ten rooms.
Lord Baden-Powell, the Scouts Movement founder, and a friend of Walker spent the last years of his life at the Paxtu’s Cottage within the Outspan compound.
Today, Outspan with 45 unique rooms on 20 acres of splendid gardens and superior food and service, is an ideal destination for leisure and business.

Room Types at Outspan Hotel Nyeri


The Outspan Hotel Nyeri cottages are uniquely designed for a group of friends and families seeking the best accommodation Nyeri has to offer since they are spacious enough to accommodate many people comfortably. The main bedroom is fitted with a double bed while the separate room has a single bed.

The cottage offered for your accommodation in Nyeri is well furnished with comfortable seats, satellite TV, tea making facilities and has a glass door that opens to a balcony with scenic views to the garden.

Deluxe Rooms

The Outspan deluxe room accommodation in Nyeri offers a private relaxing space, has a fireplace and private balcony. It is furnished with a queen sized bed for a comfortable and memorable stay at the Outspan Hotel. Each deluxe room has been fitted with a bathtub walk-in shower.

Outspan deluxe room accommodation in Nyeri hotel features satellite TV, tea making facilities and telephone in case any visitor needs help settling down in the rooms. Our visitors also have a direct view of the great scenery that is the Outspan garden.

Standard Rooms

Reminiscent of the 1920’s, The Outspan Hotel standard rooms are spacious and are built with wooden floors and a fireplace. They are furnished with a double bed or twin bed. For special cases where visitors need Nyeri County accommodation in one room, an extra bed can be provided. The standard room bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub with some rooms having both a tub and a shower. Our Nyeri County accommodation also features satellite TV, tea making facilities, telephone and a great view of the garden.


The Sherry Restaurant in Nyeri with an indoor and outdoor Terrace seating area facing Mt Kenya and Garden is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner serving both an A la carte and Table d’hote Menu. The indoor Restaurant with a fireplace is ideal for fine dining Table d’hote service while the outdoor Terrace is popular with the A la Carte Menu. Restaurant Capacity of 140 Pax including 60 Pax Terrace is adequate for both hotel residents and the frequent walk-in guests.

The Sherry Lounge with fireplace and facing Mt Kenya is an ideal spot for evening drinks and cocktails while enjoying the soft background music.

The Kahawa’s Bar located at the Sherry outdoor terrace serving hot and cold specialized Coffees or High Tea with assorted pastries is popular with families

The Thingira Private Dining room located upstairs in the Sherry indoor Restaurant is perfect for private dinners with special Table d’hote menus for up to 8 Pax.


The Tavern Pub and Restaurant in Nyeri was established in 1982 and is a popular venue for local Nyeri residents with daily evening theme nights, Satellite TV Sports events, weekday business lunches and weekend afternoon family lunches. The A la carte menu offers a wide variety of food and beverages, specialized coffee and shisha menus of several flavours are also available at The Tavern.


The Pool is open daily and especially popular on weekend’s where a A la carte menu (BBQ, Ice Cream, Smoothies etc) and Kids Playground is ideal for families


Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouts Movement was proclaimed the Chief Scout of the World in 1920 and in his 2nd visit to Kenya in 1935 fell in love once again with the wonderful views over the plains to the bold snow peaks of Mount Kenya to such an extent that when ordered by the doctor in England to rest in the winter of 1937, it was Outspan that he chose to come to.

Lord Baden-Powell was a friend of Sherbrooke Walker (Outspan founder and owner until 1961) whom he appointed as his first Scout Commissioner and Private Secretary. Lord Baden-Powell spent the last years of his life (1938 to 1941) at the Outspan in a special cottage called Paxtu (named from after his English Pax Hill’s home with Swahili for replacing. Lord Baden-Powell died on 8th January 1941 and is buried in Nyeri town. The Paxtu cottage, now Paxtu Museum and a protected monument (gazette 2001), is dedicated to his life and the scout movement and continuous to be visited annually by hundreds of scouts and guides from all over the world. Outspan Resident guests have free access to Paxtu Musuem while walk-in guests pay a fee.


The Outspan Hotel Nyeri is famous for its expansive grounds, beautiful gardens and over 300 bird species available around the hotel’s airspace. There are many fun walking activities in Nyeri you can indulge in while here as you savour the beauty of the environment in Nyeri. On your guided nature walk along river Chania, our naturalist will help you identify the unique flora & fauna and a waterfall gorge where the river squeezes between black rocks.

The highlight of the guided walk is the massive five hundred-year-old Mugumo tree, sacred to the Kikuyu people. Our naturalist will give you a few details about the tree and how much it meant to the people especially in the old days.


The 1.5Km Chania natural Trail that winds its way around the hotel’s inner perimeter is popular for walking, jogging and biking. The Trail use is free to Outspan resident guests and available to other guests for a fee.


Indoor facilities include Snooker (one of the rare tables in the country), Squash and Table Tennis. Outdoor facilities include Lawn Tennis, Swimming Pool and the walking / jogging / biking Trail. A private members 9 hole Golf Club is adjacent to the Outspan Hotel where guests can pay Green Fees to enjoy a game of Golf.


The 2hr game drive taken in the afternoon is a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Aberdares while watching all the animals found in the Aberdare National Park. It is also a chance to see the beautiful indigenous flora and fauna that is synonymous with the Aberdares.

The game drive is taken using powerful jeeps with experienced drivers who double up as wonderful tour guides who are experts in helping the visitors spot wild animals even from their hideouts. Their expertise will leave you cherishing your time on the game drives for a long time to come.

During the game drive, you are poised to see four of the big five including the Black Rhino, the Leopard, Elephant, and Buffalo. You can also view the Spotted Hyena, the Sykes, Colobus and Black-faced Vervet monkeys. Lastly, one can view very rare animal species including the Bongo Antelope and the Giant Forest Hog.

Last but not least, as you complete the Game Drive, The Outspan serves refreshing cocktails and dry bitings as you bask in the glory of the spectacular Aberdare sunset.


The Solio Ranch Game Drive is your chance to view the black and white rhinos at the Solio Game Reserve which is a privately-owned wildlife conservancy geared toward rhino conservation. The 17500-acre reserve, 22 km north of Nyeri town plays a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. It is recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya.

Besides the black and white rhino, our visitors can view some unique wildlife species including the Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland, Oryx, Impala, Waterbuck, Thompson’s Gazelle and Warthog. The Salient zone is indeed spectacular since all these wild animals co-exist together.

This game drive is taken together with our experienced drivers who double up as tour guides in powerful four-wheel drive vehicles which enable our visitors to explore the magnificent Solio Ranch.


Outspan Hotel is the ideal destination for business and/or social meetings and banquets in Nyeri. Outspan partners with professional suppliers of team building services and banqueting equipment (tents, furniture, and cutlery). Four meeting rooms and several outdoor garden venues are available for business and family functions up to a capacity of 500 pax.


The new Malkia Room facing Mt Kenya and Gardens offers the perfect environment for meetings and banquets in Nyeri. It can also be used for team-building for employees. The room has dedicated facilities including Car Park, Reception, Secretariat Room and Washrooms. Meeting capacity is 54 Pax Theater, 24 Pax Classroom, 22 Pax and 16 Pax Boardroom style. Banquet Capacity is 80 Pax Cocktail and 60 Pax Dinning. Room hire includes free Wi-Fi, ceiling mounted LCD Projector with drop screen, remote control, and a PA system.


Kirinyaga Room, adjacent to The Tavern Pub is ideally located to host family and business banquets in Nyeri e.g. weddings, cocktails etc. Meeting capacity is 110 pax theatre, 40 pax classroom, 26 pax and 24 pax boardroom style. Banquet capacity is 120 pax cocktail and 100 pax dining. The room hire includes free of charge Wi-Fi while LCD projector / screen and PA system are available for a fee.


The Shebrooke Walker Room is located away from the main hotel adjacent to the Swimming Pool and has a private garden ideal for meetings and banquets in Nyeri during the day or evening… Meeting capacity is 80 Pax Theatre, 30 Pax Classroom and 24 Pax Boardroom style. Banquet Capacity is 80 Pax Cocktail and 60 Pax Dinning. The Room hire includes free of charge Wi-Fi while LCD Projector / Screen and PA system is available at a fee.