Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari
What We Love
- Magical location in the shadow of Mount Kenya
- Raft of facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, riding stables, tennis courts, an outdoor pool and an animal orphanage
- Bygone-era vibe, from the colonial-style architecture to daily afternoon tea
What To Know
- It can get cool at night, so pack an extra sweater or make use of the wood-burning fireplace available in most rooms
- The modern wing of the property is a short walk from the main building
- Animals roam the manicured grounds; expect to see wild peacocks and monkeys
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the foothills of Mount Kenya, a short drive from Nanyuki, this former hunting lodge dates from the 1950s and retains an upscale country club vibe that was once enjoyed by Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby. There’s an animal orphanage named for the original owner, movie star William Holden, and guests can stay in his (now revamped) cottage on the manicured grounds. Elsewhere, the 120 guestrooms have a colonial-era style, with glossy hardwood furniture, heavy curtains and framed vintage maps on the walls. They all have stocked minibars, tea- and coffeemaking facilities and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers or deep soaking tubs, and Miller Harris amenities. For a working fireplace and a view of Mount Kenya opt for a Fairmont Room, in the main building. On the dining front, the indoor/outdoor Tusks restaurant serves inventive international fare with views of Mount Kenya, and there’s also Zebar and the swimming pool bar for cocktails and snacks. The lodge is known for its on-site activities, which include game viewing on horseback, golf, croquet and nature walks with the resident naturalist. There’s also a gym and a three-room spa for a dose of pampering.
In the Area
The property is a destination unto itself, so plan on downtime that mixes on-site activities and local daytrips. The hotel’s animal orphanage (home to rare albino zebras) is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or you can venture farther afield on a guided three-hour game walk in the neighboring forest reserve. For adventure lovers, the concierge can organize horseback rides to the base of Mount Kenya or mountain-bike excursions to the lower slopes, while fishermen can cast off at Lake Rutundu, an unspoiled high-altitude lake that’s a one-and-a-half-hour walk from the lodge.
How to Get There
Great stay experience. Lot of activities options for family together. Very helpful and courteous staff. Premium pricing well deserved. Highly recommended for family despite far away from Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
About 3 hours drive from Nairobi on good tarmac all the way. You could also take a short flight to Nanyuki from Nairobi's Wilson.
Was here for our daughter's birthday and we enjoyed every bit of it - the food, the rooms, the environment was generally great.
They have a kid's club and so we also got to have a good time without thinking too much about how to keep them engaged. The bike and horse rides,within the premises for the kids, and the game rides for the adults was a first and totally worth it.
There's a pool, table tennis and golf so carry your clubs if you may.
Many thanks to Nkatha, Nypha,Abigael and Joshua for making our babies' trip memorable. And to Dan and Agnes and the entire staff complement for the hospitality.
We will be back!
We had booked the most expensive cottages at this hotel and the overall experience was a disaster. The heated pool was not in working condition from many days according to the staff and they did not bother to notify about this on their website like most chains like Marriott does. The front office staff (Housekeeping was excellent) were very unprofessional and did not bother to solve the problem. They just were there to market the activities of the resort for additional revenue. The food was ok compared to the other lodges we stayed during our trip. Minimum food choices and repeat of salads during lunch, dinner and again at breakfast. I would avoid this hotel as the service does not match up with the price you pay.