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
Mount keyna club is a very recommended location to stop for any trip recommended. Their a lot to do with both family as couple or kids, animal etc
I did enjoy myself and would love to return sometime soon.
If there is anything natural and exciting in this world it is this place where there is a perfect blend of nature and luxury
Would recommend to all to make sure that you stay for at least one night here
Having been a former resident at this hotel from January 2010 until May 2011 I have a good understanding of the place, or at least I thought I did. On arrival we were allowed in without any kind of security check apart from being given a clearance chit that was to be signed by reception prior to leaving. Given the current terror threat in Kenya, this was a major concern but went with it. Dinner - as we were booked on a half board basis dinner was to be included, on arrival at the restaurant the lady on duty was keen to show is the new al la carte restaurant, it was very nice and we decided to eat there, I enquired about what they would off set as we had paid for dinner with the room rate, we were offered a discount on the meal of ksh 2,500, I managed to negotiate this deal to ksh 3,000, perfect lets eat - great dinner but on arrival of our bill we noticed that the discount applied was only Ksh 2,500 and not the ksh 3,000 that had been agreed, the supervisor came and tried to justify the reason why she was going back on what she had agreed. I found this totally unacceptable and not in keeping with the standards of Mt Kenya Safari Club, this really spoiled our evening and I will never return to this place again, it had been 8 years since I was here and had boasted to my fiancee of how amazing it was, such a shame that this would happen for the sake of Ksh 500.
We stopped here for lunch driving from Nairobi to Samburu. Beautiful patio with nice views of Mt Kenya. Lots of nice main dishes, pasta, potatoes, beef, fish and plenty of salads and fruit. Excellent desserts. Beautiful grounds with a variety of birds including peacocks.
Our first stop on the beginning of our long trip was the Fairmont Mt Kenya, It was just spectacular. A stunning location surrounded by expansive and well manicure grounds and with a front seat view of Mt Kenya. Accommodation, facilities and food were all top-notch. I highly recommend this lodge