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
- 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
Mt Kenya Safari Club under the new Manager has lost its charm. Yes it's a beautiful property but the quality and service with regards to food and options is not up to the previous high standards yet the prices are higher than ever! For the same price they now offer Half Board instead of Full Board and a the staff at the dining room are disorganized, the buffet lacks quick regeneration of foods or cutlery, bowls etc, special orders are always delayed and veg options and food are not good. Previously there used to be only a small buffet with food ordered a la carte and the service was impeccable. Also gone is the legendary Sunday brunch :( . The feeding of ducks also seems to be missing . Hotel seems more commercial and out of touch with its roots and what it was famous for. Great disappointment for the price we paid.
Visited Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club for one night on July 16th, 2018. Very upscale hotel with very very helpful staff. Make sure to visit the Animal Orphanage which is on site. Very educational and interesting for your children.
We were able to spend about a day here as part of our safari itinerary. Arrived at lunch time and left after breakfast next day. I wished that we had another day to spend here to fully experience the whole property. Check-in was effortless and we immediately proceeded to lunch after that. Our garden suites were beautifully furnished and the bathroom exuded a certain luxury!! There are a bunch of peacocks hanging out all around the property. Both lunch and dinner had very impressive selection of menu items and even more impressive were the dessert displays. We were able to enjoy our breakfast on the outdoor patio area. Had a peacock steal an omelette from the breakfast area and that made for some good entertainment. The property is very well manicured and spotless. Did think that the kids entertainment area was a bit tacky and did not go well with the overall property look. The kids did the maze.We were able to get a good view of Mount Kenya too. You can read up on the history of the property in the book placed in he rooms. The highlight was the visit to the Animal Orphanage next doors. I will highly recommend visiting that place for a couple of hours. Costs only $15/adult and goes towards a good cause. You can feed a bunch of animals- monkeys, ostrich, llama, hyrax. You can also pet one of the friendlier cheetahs there and we were also able to watch them feed on beef steaks. Overall, thought that Mount Kenya Safari Club is a beautiful property and exudes luxury all around.
very good place for holidays and relaxing far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the scenery, waking up to the sound of birds chirping and the beautiful view of Mount Kenya so amazing.
big up to the Staff very friendly.
Our second visit. Definitely worth the money. We stayed at a less expensive hotel on our first night and quickly realised it was better to upgrade to Mt Kenya Safari club in order to really appreciate the mountain view and lavish nature. We are a family of four with two young adults. We stayed in a cottage with two ensuite bedrooms, living room, kitchenette and private patio. Spotlessly clean. This gave us the option of hanging out away from the other guests. The cottage had a magnificent view of the mountain and beautiful garden. Although July is still rain season we were able to see the whole mountain in the early morning before the clouds covered it for the rest of the day. The staff were all very nice. One came around to our cottage in the evening to light the fireplace. The dinner was a set menu and I would have preferred buffet. The breakfast buffet was very good. It offered a wide variety of food including Kenyan, Indian, Chinese and European. I suggest using at least half a day to simply enjoy being at this wonderful club. The club grounds are amazing and there are a number of outdoor activities for all ages including a swimming pool, play area horse riding and a maze. There's a lot of large and small birds to observe. For a fee you can get a guided tour of the animal orphanage behind the club. The main clubhouse displays a number of items and features reminding one that this is a historical club.