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Mount Kenya Safari Club is located near the high slopes of Africa's second highest mountain, Mt Kenya straddling the equator in a glory of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings set amid manicured lawns and decorative ponds.  Ever since the club was founded in 1959 by the late film star William Holden, eccentric American Ray Ryan, and Swiss financier Carl Hirschmann, it has been a Mecca for the international jet set - its list of members reads like a Who's Who of royalty, aristocracy, and the rich and famous. 

Whether visiting
Kenya at a leisurely pace or stopping simply for lunch, the Mount Kenya Safari Club maintains an immutably majestic presence and is a touching reminder of the vision of its creators. Mount Kenya Safari Club is a three and a half hour drive from Nairobi. Alternatively, it is a fifty-minute flight to Nanyuki airstrip and a fifteen-minute transfer drive to the club. 

Mount Kenya Safari Club's history is as colorful and exciting as its members, guests and visitors from the pioneers who made the homestead and the farm, their own, through its conversion into an upcountry hotel, to the uproarious narrative of the three hell-raisers who bought it on a whim and launched a legend.

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Kenya Accommodations & More at Mount Kenya Safari Club, Mt. Kenya

  • There are 120 guest rooms spread out in the delightful grounds of the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Accommodation comprises Fairmont and Deluxe rooms, Suites, and Cottages. All rooms feature fire place, in room safe, a fully stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, separate WC and rain shower. The Suites have mainly king-bedded room, with fireplace, one sitting room, private veranda or balconey overlooking the river and Mount Kenya, and a four piece spacious bathroom with rain shower and bath. Suites are located in the Garden Suites, William Holden Cottages, Riverside Cottages as well as in the Manor and the main building. The Cottages offer two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, a spacious lounge with fireplace, private veranda and lawn garden overlooking the manicured grounds and Mount Kenya.
  • Fairmont and Deluxe Guest Rooms: Each Fairmont and Deluxe guest room which has an elegant feel is furnished with rugs, bedside lamps, dressing tables and built-in wardrobes, and a fireplace. In every bathroom there is a 115 / 240v shaving socket, overhead showers and bathtubs, flush toilets, washbasin. Also each bathroom has shampoo, body lotion, bath and shower gel, bathrobes, freshly laundered towels, hot and cold running water, water flasks and drinking water.
  • Suites Guest Rooms: Each Suite is furnished with rugs, bedside lamps, dressing tables and built-in wardrobes, and a fireplace. In every bathroom there is a 115 / 240v shaving socket, overhead showers and bathtubs, flush toilets, washbasin. Also each bathroom has shampoo, body lotion, bath and shower gel, bathrobes, freshly laundered towels, hot and cold running water, water flasks and drinking water. Tea and coffee making facilities, and a kettle, are available in all superior guest rooms.

African Safari & Kenya Travel Safari Relaxation & Activities At Mount Kenya Safari Club

  • High on the slopes of Africa's second highest mountain, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club straddles the equator in a glory of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings set amid manicured lawns and decorative ponds. This is the perfect base for your holiday in Kenya. There are many recreational activities available: horseback riding, golf, croquet, a bowling green, table tennis, swimming, a beauty salon, an animal orphanage and much more. To be able to relax and appreciate the superb setting, the personal attention lavished on all our visitors, the numerous activities and superb cuisine, one night is just not enough.
  • Dinners are an elegant affair at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Dress is strictly smart casual, and ladies are asked not to wear mini-skirts, and gentlemen are asked not to wear sports gear. Long trousers are mandatory for dinner. Special early supper can be served in the main dining room for children under 12 years old, and children are not allowed in the public areas after 9:30 p.m. A room service menu is available, together with a choice of liqueurs, soft drinks, cocktails, wines, spirits, tea and coffee. Room service is available 24 hours
  • Heated Swimming Pool: We have a large outdoor heated swimming pool facing Mount Kenya peaks, manned by a pool attendant from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The surrounds of the pool are an ideal venue for cocktail parties for 15 to 500 persons.
  • Rose Gardens: Visit to the Club's beautiful rose gardens, which can be used as a venue for cocktail parties or receptions.
  • Animal Orphanage: The animal orphanage managed by the neighboring ranch and the William Holden Foundation is operated as a non-profit organization focusing on the reintroduction of the endangered Mount Kenya antelop e - the bongo. The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy offices are located across the reception of the Club and the access to the orphanage is located next to the main gate and the Art Gallery. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the Cashier.
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Local Excursions

Forest Reserve Walking Safari
Guided game walks in the Forest Reserve are available thought out the day, though the best times are early morning. Clients are escorted by a naturalist as well as armed Kenyan Wildlife rangers, which makes for a very interesting three-hour walk, as the expert is a mine of information about the animals. Emphasis is placed on the flora and fauna, the bird-life, insects and the ecosystem.

Bird walk
The Club is home of a large number of bird species including starlings, hornbills, secret ibis and many more. Our naturalist will take you on a daily basis at 4pm on a one hour walk within the Club boundaries 

Horse Back Rides
Riding on horses through the Forest Reserve  gives you a unique vantage point, as you can get very close to the animals. Book through reception, keeping in mind that the last ride is at 5:00 p.m.

Mountain Biking
Mountain bikes are available at the Club either to ride within the Club or up the slopes of Mount Kenya with an expert rider. Book through reception.

Fishing Safaris (Full Day)
The moorlands are a source of many freshwater rivers that cascade from rugged slopes. Trekking up or downstream on the Honi river, or waterfalls Chania, Karura and Gura, fishermen cast for the agile and swift Brown or Rainbow trout, using the popular 'Royal Coachman' fly. Rods / flies can be hired. Licences will be arranged for you by Reception.

Full Day Excursion at the
Aberdare National Park
Traveling through the Salient, you gradually climb in your vehicle to the National Park gate at a height of about 8000 feet. As you ascend, you see the vegetation change to tall cedars, Podo trees, thick Bamboo forest and varieties of Alpine trees. Wild mountain flowers bloom in a riot of color. Profuse bird-life (including such species as the scarlet tufted malachite sunbird) reside here. Despite the dense vegetation, you may have glimpses of elephant, buffalo, zebra, colobus monkey and waterbuck. At 10,000 feet in the upper tundra region you see the majestic peaks of Mt. Kenya, Batian and Nelion.

Solio Ranch (Half-Day)
A half-day visit to this exclusive game ranch is available. The Game Ranch has large numbers of black and white rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, colobus and vervet monkey and plenty of other wildlife.

Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters Conservancy (Full or Half Day)
Sweetwaters is the name adopted by the local people of this area for the fresh sweet water tapped from the ground. Located in typical savannah grasslands interrupted by the 'Whistling Thorn' shrubs, Acacia trees and lush green vegetation along the Uaso Nyiro River, this 24,000-acre rhino sanctuary is 15 km on an unpaved road from Nanyuki (good weather only). A 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary has been set up at Sweetwaters Game Reserve. The aim of the project, initiated by Lonrho East Africa, Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, is to set up a colony where chimps can be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Priority is given to orphaned and abused chimps. The Sanctuary currently has 25 chimps, including two babies born in the Sanctuary.
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