As the second tallest mountain in all of Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro), Mount Kenya continues to rack in serious hikers from around the world to climb its peak. The tallest peak stands at more than 17,000 feet high in elevation and the region is approximately 90 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. But that doesn’t mean you’d have to stay in the capital and make your commute to the mountain to explore it. In fact, there are several lodges and hotels within an earshot from the mountain worth staying at. Here are the top places we love around Mount Kenya.
Serena Mountain Lodge
Stay in a treehouse-like atmosphere at Serena Mountain Lodge, located on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Guests love the cozy, luxurious decor of warm wood-paneled rooms, roaring fireplaces, and an elevated deck overlooking the wilderness. Don’t forget to take advantage of its unique perks, including the forest breakfast where guests will be led on a guided walk through the woods before having an English tea breakfast right in the wilderness. For dinner, you’ll love its rooftop terrace where diners can watch the sunset as they enjoy their delicious meals. It’s common to spot elephants, warthogs, waterbucks and baboons from the restaurant.
Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club
Another fantastic place to get treated like royalty is at Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club that rests on more than 100 acres of idyllic land. Visitors enjoy the large resort with all the luxury amenities of a swanky pool (with Mount Kenya in the backdrop), a pristine golf course, spa and more. But the fun doesn’t end there, the hotel’s own English-style garden maze is a hit among guests, plus there are horse back riding tours to explore the grounds. Of course, there’s convenient access to Mount Kenya and safari drives, but with Fairmount’s perks, you might never want to leave.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Serena Hotels has another prestigious location in the region worth staying at to marvel at nearby Mount Kenya. Mara Serena Safari Lodge is recognized for its unusual architecture and despite being a lodge, feels more like a hotel, thanks to its five-star amenities available to its guests. Some of the fantastic amenities include spas, luxury pools, game drives to see all of the big five, sun-downer dinners and more. However, the real star of the show is the hotel’s own Hippo Pool breakfasts where guests can dine right by the Mara River where the gigantic hippos dwell.
Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Serena Hotels strike again! For those who wish for a more rugged experience (with a touch of luxury), you’ll want to book a tent at Sweetwaters Serena Camp (which honestly feels more like a hotel room than a tent). There are 56 trendy tents available per night offering everything from double beds to king-sized beds to accommodate your needs. Guests will have access to electricity, running hot water and Wi-Fi for their enjoyment. Once you’re ready to eat, head to the Rhino Room in the main building for a buffet of international cuisine.
Rutundu Log Cabins
For visitors who wish for true isolation with an authentic rustic experience, rent a cabin at Rutundu Log Cabins right on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. Keep in mind, you’ll need to reserve your cabin as soon as possible as there are only two cabins available per night. The cabins are situated by a picturesque Rutundu Lake and comes with all the amenities as a home would have including a full kitchen, dining room, several beds, and working bathrooms. Visitors love to fish at the nearby lake for trout which they can bring home back to the cabin for dinner.
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