4.5
Very Good 1108 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Former hunting lodge in the shadow of Mount Kenya, with a country club vibe, colonial-style rooms and an animal orphanage

The Lowdown

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

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari
Mount Kenya
Nanyuki, 10400 Kenya

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1108 Reviews
Excellent
Reviewed 19 hours ago

Was my first time and I really enjoyed. Great staff, nice amenities.really loved the place. Pool was good. Nice breeze. 😍😍 I will be back. Rooms were lovely. Nice bed making skills. Food was delicious.. .........

Luxuary in Kenya
Reviewed 1 day ago

Spent a couple nights there on a Tauck tour.
Enjoyed walking around the property.
Very relaxed. Friends of ours had fun on the golf course.
Looked for evidence of William Holden.
Food and service was great.

Class all the way
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had the time of my life. I lost myself in the maze and spent hours at the telescope facing the mountain. Beautiful peacocks and the puppies! they let you pet and walk the dogs!!! What a beautiful hotel, set the mood for my 2 month holiday

Know my country tour
Reviewed 6 days ago

Mount Kenya Safari Club is situated on the slopes of Mount Kenya within a National Park. There is a nice fresh cold breeze from Mount Kenya. There are all sorts of animals and birds including wild peacocks. In the night one would hear the laughter and howls of hyenas. There are also dogs for visitors who like to walk around

A hidden gem in Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent ten days at this hotel at the end of January and we really enjoyed it. The setting is delightful and all of the staff went out of their way to make our stay memorable. We hope to return very soon