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
My husband and I decided to visit this place when we were in Nanyuki on a Sunday Afternoon. We thought we go check it out after the amazing reviews we had read here. The place is beautiful, great service and the staff were very friendly. There was this lady who was driving the golf course cart. Forgot her name! She was so nice and made sure we were not rained on as we went to the parking. She also had a lot of information. Truly passionate about her job! We hope to visit the place again. Such a random and amazing experience!
The hotel is amazing and colonial. The bathrooms are really small with little to no ventilation. The service was great, staff were amazing. I fell sick on one of the nights and I had my dinner brought to the room, hot water bottles were filled for me and they lit my fireplace plus asked me if they should rush me to hospital(SPECIAL MENTION TO JOSEPHINE)! Very attentive and friendly too! The food was a bit bland. Skipped all the meals entirely. The pool is very cold as much as they say it is heated. They hotel is very well maintained however, Very clean too!
Went for a special dinner at this establishment only one word ....Excellent!
@Daisy Muturi, @George and team backing you, that was awesome in very short notice.
Top class service
Awesome ambiance and grounds.
Telephone service needs a look.
Overall, a world-class facility. Great vistas, excellent buffet meals, accommodating staff. The cabins are comfortable with amenities to match. We especially enjoyed the fireplace (having brought in enough wood to last the night).
The horseback ride was a treat -- more leisurely than banging about in a truck.
Their animal orphanage is also worthwhile.
But, some of the cabins are a long way from the main building and downhill. You've got to call for a golf-cart ride.
One of my favourite hotels in the world. We stayed in one of the William Holden cottages with great views of Mont Kenya. This is my second stay at the hotel, we stayed 4 nights. Judy at reception/banquets ensured we had everything we needed for our stay and made sure we were well looked after. Wilson who was our waiter for our private deck dinners was amazing always anticipating our needs. Outstanding service! True luxury 5 star service!
Thank you Judy and Wilson as well as hour housekeeper who' name I can not remember. Can't wait to return.