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FOREWORD LOCATION MOUNT KENYA MOUNT KENYA ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK MWEA NATIONAL RESERVE MERU NATIONAL PARK OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY SWEETWATERS CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GAME DRIVES THE ENDANGERED BONGO LORD BADEN-POWELL COFFEE TASTING RAFTING ON THE TANA RIVER SEVEN FORKS DAM NATURE WALKS MAU MAU CAVE SOLIO GAME RESERVE KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE (KWS) HOTEL THREE STEERS KENYA TOURIST BOARD (KTB) NARU MORU RIVER LODGE HOTEL KONGONI CAMP ABERDARE SAFARI HOTELS HIGHLANDS MINERAL WATER CO LTD BATIAN GRAND HOTEL LAIKIPIA WILDLIFE FORUM OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY IZAAK WALTON INN

Simon Wachira,

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No liability can be accepted for any inaccuracies or omissions. Photographs courtesy: Simon Wachira, Job Weru, Joseph Kanyi, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Solio, Ol Pejeta, and Kenya Tourist Board

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FOREWORD

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his inaugural edition of the Mount Kenya Tourism Guide is a maiden account of the hidden treasures of Kenya’s central safari circuit. The product is a milestone achievement of Mount Kenya Tourism Circuit Association to tell the world what actress Stefanie Powers described as “the mountain’s brooding presence … a spirit ancient and impassive, indifferent to all human concerns yet charged with unvoiced secrets” the hidden treasures of a “dual hemisphere destination”.

Perhaps the words of Vivienne de Watteville, in her 1927 book ‘Out in the Blue’, are a true description of the Mount Kenya Tourism Circuit: “The mountain trembled in the lilac mist, the cloudlets drifting in front of them like a flock of birds … I could only think over and over again: but isn’t it beautiful.” This circuit is the jewel in the crown of a Kenya safari. With gleaming snow-white

peaks straddling the equator, the country’s highest mountain is in a picturesque and majestic landscape listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a rich biodiversity and an outstanding example of ecological processes with a wide variety of flora and fauna. To complete the mosaic pattern, the region is resplendent with other pristine landscapes, private game conservancies and national parks of international reputation. There is an abundance of activities ranging from vigorous adventure mountain hiking and climbing, mountain biking, water rafting, kayaking, camping, nature walks and game drives to a quiet ecological study, a honeymoon in the wild, or just a moment to relax and rewind in the equatorial sun.

Diversity There is a diversity of natural and manmade attractions that include a variety of local cultures; a rich history of Kenya’s independence struggle; the historical links with Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement; spectacular waterfalls; meandering rivers; the Seven

Forks hydroelectric power dams; thrilling natural caves; endemic and endangered rare species of animals, birds and plants, only replicating the art of creation. In the poetic words of Monty Brown: “Some things are better seen than described”.

Gratitude On behalf of the Association let me appreciate with gratitude the contribution of all individuals and organisations that have made this publication possible and without whom the tales therein would not have been shared. A special mention goes to the Executive Committee of the management board: Mr Simon Kathata, Chairman; Mr Charles Karuga, Secretary; and Mr Arthur Muchiri, Treasurer. To all who read this, a warm welcome to the theatre of perfect art, with the unsurpassed traditional hospitality of the mountain people.

Simon Wachira CEO Mount Kenya Tourism Circuit Association

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LOCATION MOU N T KE N YA

FACT FILE • Mount Kenya has three main peaks, Nelion, Batian and Lenana, plus four secondary peaks. The three main peaks are encircled by glaciers • Batian, the highest peak, is 17,058 ft above sea level • The equator crosses Mount Kenya on its northern slopes at 11,500 ft and 17 km from the highest peak • The mountain has a broad cone shape • There are two rainy seasons here, March-June and October-November

Map kindly supplied by Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)

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A MOUNT KENY

S I F I S S A M S U FA MO A N I L E W E J E A FIN G N I T T E S C I T S M AJE M

ount Kenya, with its gleaming snow-white peaks, is the jewel in the crown of the central Kenya circuit. Straddling the equator, 180 km north of Nairobi, this massif soars to a height of 17,058 ft, making it the second-highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro. These peaks are the centrepiece of a majestic landscape that is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

AT TR ACTIONS • Sacred shrines and groves • Historical caves • Meandering rivers with spectacular waterfalls • Springs and beautiful tarns filled with trout • Ravines, gorges and rugged valleys

With its rich biodiversity, Mount Kenya is an outstanding example of ecological processes. It has three rugged peaks at the summit and four secondary peaks sitting on U-shaped glacial valleys. There are also 12 remnant glaciers that feed 32 moorland tarns.

• Ancient animal salt licks • Huge ancient indigenous trees covered with moss and wild flowers.

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The area contains an alpine desert and moorland

between 11,000 and 15,000 ft contours covered with giant tussock grass, waterfilled lobelia and groundsels that are endemic to its bogs and marshes. Below are eight types of natural forest and a variety of wildlife and bird species. The wide range in altitude and rainfall contributes to the diverse pattern of flora and fauna. Thanks to its location, its snowcovered peaks and its impressive landscape, Mount Kenya has been attracting tourists since the mid 19th century. Today, the park receives between 14,000 and 20,000 visitors a year of whom 60 per cent are international.


ACTIV ITIE S Mountain climbing, hill walking, hiking, nature walks, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, primate tracking, sport fishing, team building, camping, picnicking, research and education, cycling, collecting medicinal herbs, photography and film making, bungee jumping and religious rituals.

CLIMBING ROUTES The main routes are through Naro Moru Gate, Sirimon Gate and Chogoria Gate.

Mount Kenya is the country’s main ‘water tower’ with over a dozen rivers flowing from its alpine lakes and forest streams. About 70 per cent of Kenya’s hydroelectric power is generated here. It also contributes to the domestic water supply as well as irrigation projects and fish farming. It is also a source of livelihood for farmers; and it supplies fuel wood, charcoal, wood products and medicinal plants as well as raw materials for industrial construction and domestic products. The mountain’s cultural and religious value is immense. Its many caves and giant plants are revered as sacred sites by the communities around it.

Road access Mount Kenya is 180 km north of Nairobi by way

of the Thika-Makutano road. From Makutano junction there is a choice of the eastern route via the Embu-Meru road or the western route via the Nanyuki-Isiolo road.

Air access Via the airstrip in Nanyuki.

W IL DLIFE Mount Kenya has six species of large mammals of international conservation interest – elephant, black rhino, leopard, giant forest hog, bongo and black-fronted duiker. Others include ungulates such as bushbuck, Defassa waterbuck, red and grey duiker and Cape buffalo and small animals like tree hyrax, rock hyrax (endemic to Mount Kenya) and white-tailed mongoose. Local primates are the black-andwhite colobus monkey, olive baboon and Sykes’ monkey.

BIRDLIFE The area contains over 130 bird species including malachite sunbird, cliff-chat, Verreaux’s eagle, Augur buzzard, Lammergeyer eagle and Mackinder’s eagle.

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ABERDARE RK NATIONAL PA

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ncircled by the wild and beautiful moorlands of the third-highest mountain range in Kenya, this atmospheric park is a mist-clad realm where elephants roam through lichen-hung forests, spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools and trout-filled streams cascade through mossy dells. A haven for anglers, walkers and lovers of solitude alike, it also offers matchless views of the glittering coronet of Mount Kenya and the sparkling lakes of the Great Rift Valley.

Enduring legacy of Kimathi ‘post office’ The park is also famous for the Mau Mau Caves, which were used as hideouts by Dedan Kimathi and his Mau Mau fighters prior to independence; and the Kimathi ‘post office’, where agents used to drop messages for Mau Mau led by Kimathi in the Aberdare and Mount Kenya forests.

A window on history Believed by the Kikuyu to be one of the homes of Ngai (God) and originally known as Nyandarua (‘the drying hide’) owing to the distinctive folds of its silhouette, the range was renamed in 1884 by the explorer, Joseph Johnson, after Lord Aberdare, the president of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Known as the White Highlands because of the many Europeans who settled there in the 1920s, the area also achieved notoriety through the decadent antics of the ‘Happy Valley’ set of the Wanjohi Valley.

FACT FILE Altitude: 1,829-4,001 metres above sea level Area: 767 sq km Location: Central highlands west of Mount Kenya Distance from Nairobi: 180 km Gazetted: May 1950 Climate: Cool and cloudy with frequent heavy rain in March-June and September-December

In the 1950s the dense forests and bamboo thickets witnessed much of the action between British forces and Mau Mau. The original Treetops hotel came under the world spotlight when the young Princess Elizabeth descended its steps as Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

Vegetation: Rich alpine and sub-alpine flora giving way to bamboo and montane forests

Herds of elephants

Fishing: The streams are well stocked with brown and rainbow trout

The park provides a unique habitat for some 2,000 elephants, which roam the clouded hills and misty glades and provides endless atmospheric viewing opportunities.

Spectacular waterfalls The park is renowned for its torrential waterfalls, plunging from cloud-covered heights to spray-filled ravines. They include the magnificent Karuru Falls, which drop 300 metres, the impressive Gura Falls, which plunge from the opposite side of the same gorge, the sheer drop of the Chania Falls and the enchanting Magura Falls, which cascade across the yawning mouth of the Queen’s Cave.

Wildlife: Includes; blue and colobus monkey, leopard, lion, elephant, warthog, black rhino, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, red duiker, suni, serval, reedbuck, eland and the rare bongo Birds: The prolific bird life features 250 recorded species

Roads: The Park can often become inaccessible for 2x4 vehicles after rain and 4x4 vehicles are recommended Open: Daily 06.00-19.00 Note: No entry is allowed on foot, and visitors will not be allowed into the Park after 1815 hours. Current entry charges: Obtained via KWS ‘Safaricard’: Entry is by SafariCard only. SafariCards may be loaded (but not obtained) at the Mweiga Park HQ.


W HER E TO STAY LODGES The Ark, a unique day and night

game-viewing lodge modelled on Noah’s Ark.

Contact: Fairmont Hotels, PO Box 58581-00100, Nairobi Tel: (Nairobi) +254 (0)20 221 6940, 250900. Fax: +254 (0)20 250 200, 253 075 Tel: (Nyeri) +254 (0)61 55 620, 55 017 Fax: +254 (0)61 55 224 E-mail: kenya.reservations@fairmont.com

The Aberdare Country Club, access point for the Ark and an

elegant country house hotel offering luxury accommodation and extension facilities.

Contact: PO Box 449, Nyeri. Tel: (Nairobi) +254 (0)20 221 6940, 250 900 Fax: +254 (0)20 250 200, 253 075, Tel: (Nyeri) +254 (0)61 55 620, 55 017 Fax: +254 (0)61 55 224 E-mail: kenya.reservations@fairmont.com

Treetops, the world famous tree-house lodge. The Outspan Hotel, the access point for Treetops and a luxurious colonial-style hotel offering extension facilities.

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION Kiandongoro Fishing Lodge comprises two large stone-built,

three-bedroom cottages each offering: fully equipped kitchen (with gas stove and crockery), furnished sitting and dining area with log fire, veranda, two double bedrooms (en-suite with double bed and single bed) and a single bedroom. There is a caretaker and bedding, towels, kerosene lamps and hot water are provided. Reservations may be through the warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi.

Supper Hut (west of the Fishing

Lodge), a basic wooden cabin offering: one bedroom (two beds and mattresses only), sitting and dining area, log burning stove, veranda, pit latrine and wash hut. Visitors are supposed to carry their cooking equipment. Reservations may be through the Warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi.

gas stove, cooking utensils and crockery are available) beddings, towels and bathroom. A caretaker is on hand and kerosene lamps are provided. Reservations may be through the Warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi.

CAMPING Reedbuck – offering communal mess hut, pit latrine and shower.

Ruthuruini – pit latrine. Wandaris – no facilities. Shamata – no facilities. A selection of ‘special’ campsites (no facilities) is available and these must be booked in advance on an exclusive uses basis (reservations may be through the Warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi).

Tusk Camp, a forest camp offering: four sleeping cabins (two single beds each), ‘mess’ cabin with log fire and veranda, kitchen with optional wood-burning stove.

Contact: Aberdare Safari Hotels, PO Box 14815(00800), Nairobi. Tel: +254 (0)20 445 2095-9 Fax: +254 (0)20 445 2102 E-mail: info@aberdaresafarihotels.com

ACTIV IT Y OPTIONS Mountain climbing, hiking and walking You don’t have to be a mountaineer to climb the peaks of the Aberdares, most of which can be conquered with little more than a strenuous high-altitude trek. There are also countless panoramic moorland hikes and forest walks. Permission is required from the warden to walk, hike or climb in the park and visitors must be accompanied by an armed KWS ranger, whose services can be booked by contacting the warden, preferably in advance. Excellent fishing in the cool mountain streams Both brown and rainbow trout abound in the cool mountain streams and provide excellent angling. (A sports fishing licence can be obtained at the park gates.)

CON TACT Tel: (Nairobi) +254 (0)20 600 800, 602 345 Fax: +254 (0)20 607 024 Email: reservations@kws.go.ke www.kws.go.ke The Warden: PO Box 22, Nyeri, Central Province Tel: (Nyeri) +254 (20) 204 6271 Email: aberdare@wananchi.com

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RVE E S E R L A N O I MWEA NAT

D E R E V O C S I D N AN U Y T I L L I U Q N A OA SIS OF T R L

argely undeveloped and rarely visited, Mwea Reserve rewards those in search of peace, tranquillity and the undisturbed observation of wildlife. Centred on the Kamburu Reservoir, it consists largely of gently rolling acaciacommiphora bush land which thickens into dense bush and scattered trees, including baobabs, along the water’s edge.

Kamburu Reservoir The 500-hectare Kamburu Reservoir was built to store the combined waters of the Tana and Thiba rivers and features two small islands. There is a healthy population of hippo.

Game watching Mwea excels in wildlife watching. The reserve also has a walking circuit (but visitors must be escorted by a KWS ranger).

Realm of rare unseen birds Mwea offers a vibrant birdlife, especially birds of prey. Owing to its proximity to the Mwea Rice Growing Scheme, it also attracts large numbers of waterbirds and waders.

A DDITIONA L IN FOR M ATION

FACT FILE Altitude: 950 to 1,150 metres above sea level

When to go: The reserve is accessible all year round, but 4x4 vehicles are required. What to take: Drinking water, picnic items and (if you intend to stay overnight) camping equipment. Also useful are binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and guidebooks.

HOW TO GET THERE By road: From Nairobi, via ThikaMatuu-Masinga Dam (160 km). Note: this route is surfaced until Masinga Dam Bridge. A further 10 km of dirt road lies between here and Makima Gate. Access is also possible via Embu-Machanga. Note: this road is surfaced from Embu to Machanga only. By air: Masinga airstrip near Masinga Lodge.

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The only protected area in which the threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s babbler is known to occur, the reserve also shelters two other rare species: Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron. A trail-blazer in elephant translocation, Mwea provides an ideal habitat for these animals – so much so that its elephant numbers were too large for its relatively small size. This has been resolved by regularly translocating elephant to other areas. This began in 1995 when a family group and a single bull were successfully moved to Tsavo East National Park.

Area: 42 sq km Location: Mbeere District, Eastern Province Distance from Nairobi: 160 km north-east

W HER E TO STAY LODGES There are no lodges, tented camps or self-catering options in Mwea Reserve. The closest lodge accommodation is Masinga Lodge, at Masinga Dam, outside the reserve.

CAMPING There are three campsites. Central Road: facilities include water, latrines and washroom. Kamburu: water facilities only. Hippo Point: facilities include water and latrines. (Note: swimming is not permitted at Hippo Point because of crocodiles.)

Gazetted: January 1976 Climate: Semi-arid with an annual rainfall of 510 to 760 mm Vegetation: Gently rolling woodland, thick bush and scattered trees. Wildlife: Includes elephant, lesser kudu, Nile crocodile, hippo, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, buffalo, leopard, grey duiker, black-backed jackal, bushbuck, waterbuck, olive baboon, Sykes’ monkey, warthog, rock hyrax, bush pig, impala and hartebeest. Birds: Over 200 species recorded. Mwea is renowned for its waterbirds. Roads: 4x4 vehicles required all year round.


PARK L A N O I T A N U MER

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ew places offer a more genuine wilderness ambience than the remote and rugged Meru and Kora National Parks. Little visited, utterly unspoilt and the most geographically diverse parks in Kenya, they are the favourites of safari professionals and wildlife experts alike. Brilliantly painted on a magnificent scale, these sister parks feature luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant

swamp, khaki grasslands, gaunt termite cathedrals and an ever-evolving dance between clouds and sky.

A classic savanna landscape

The Southern Plains The dense woodlands shelter gerenuk, common eland, Kirk’s dik-dik and the warthog. They also make an ideal habitat for one of the park’s highlights, the lesser kudu.

A fine example of the classic savannah landscape, Meru’s character is defined by the rivers that form its perimeters: the mighty Tana to the south, the Ura to the south-west and the Rojeweru to the east. The park is also scored by 14 permanent streams which drain off the nearby Nyambeni Hills.

FACT FILE Area: 870 sq km Distance from Nairobi: 348 km Climate: Semi-arid with irregular rainfalls. Wet seasons are April-June and NovemberDecember.

The Northern Plains

Wildlife: Grevy’s zebra, elephant, eland, bush pig, waterbuck, cheetah, leopard, reticulated giraffe, hippo, bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, python, puff adder and cobra.

One of the most rewarding areas for wildlife viewing, the Northern Plains are home to elephant, lion and cheetah. Both species of zebra, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, impala, beisa oryx, hartebeest and reticulated giraffes can also be seen.

Roads: All-weather roads.

KOR A NATIONA L PA R K CON TACT Tel: +254 (0)164 20 613 The Warden: PO Box 11, Maua Cell: +254 (0)733 662 439 www.kws.go.ke

W HER E TO STAY LODGES Elsa’s Kopje

Meru’s sister park, the adjoining Kora National Park, is famous as the former home of naturalist George Adamson. A vast area of acacia bush land from whose alluvial plains raise stark granite kopjes and low hills, it is bordered to the south-east by the Mwitamisyi River, which supports an abundance of lizards, snakes and crocodiles. There are no lodges, tented camps or self-catering accommodation options in Kora National Park. For information on campsites in the park, please contact the Warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi.

Tel: (Nairobi) +254 (0)20 604 053/4, Cell: +254 (0)733 333 887; 722 509 387 Email: reservations@chelipeacock.co.ke

Leopard Rock Lodge Tel (Nairobi): +254 (0)20 600 031/6; 862 527 Email: leopardmico@wananchi.com

SELF-CATERING Murera Bandas KWS HQ, Nairobi, Meru Park Tel: +254 (0)20 210 9508 Email: merupark@swiftkenya.com

Murera Guest House Tel: +254 (0)20 210 9508 Email: meru@swiftkenya.com

Students’ Hostels Email: merupark@swiftkenya.com Tel: +254 (0)20 210 9508

Bwatherongo (Kina) Bandas KWS HQ, Nairobi. Tel: +254 (0)20 210 9508 merupark@swiftkenya.com

CAMPING Public campsite: 22 km from

Murera Gate, this site lies in a stretch of open ground beside a wooden stream. Lavatories and showers are provided.

Special campsites: Various ‘special’ campsites are seasonally located along the rivers. These sites must be booked in advance on an exclusive use. 11


ERVANCY S N O C A T E J E OL P

R O F N E V A H A VITA L D N A O N I H R K C BL A S E I C E P S Y E K OT H E R

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he Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a notfor-profit wildlife conservancy located west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

Colonial times In colonial times, the Laikipia Plateau was used extensively for cattle ranching. In those days, landowners attached little value to wildlife. John and Jane Kenyon took over the management of Ol Pejeta in 1949 when it was owned by Lord Delamere and spent the next 15 years developing the ranch. John Kenyon was joined by Marcus WickhamBoynton, a school friend and business partner of Lord Delamere. Together they organised the 57,000-acre ranch into a successful beef producing company and expanded the farm to about 90,000 acres. Since the Kenyons retired, the ranch has been owned by various entrepreneurs. In 2004 it was purchased by Fauna & Flora International, a UK-based conservation organisation. The Sweetwaters Game Reserve has now been extended to encompass the whole ranch area to

create the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Its aim is to generate profit from wildlife tourism and complementary activities, including cattle, for reinvestment into community development in the local area.

Local community In addition to black rhino, the conservancy is a haven for great apes and contains many other animals including the Big Five. It also operates a successful cattle programme that is integrated with the local wildlife. The conservancy aims to assist the local community in areas like health, education, water, roads, provision of agriculture and livestock extension services and the development of community-based conservation tourism ventures.

FACT FILE Area: 90,000 acres (360 sq km) in the Laikipia District of central Kenya. Convenience: Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one

of the nearest safari venues to Nairobi.

Birds: Over 300 bird species in the conservancy. Accommodation: Five places to stay within the boundary: Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Porini Rhino Camp and Kicheche Laikipia Camp.

There is also a research facility where groups or individuals can stay while studying the flora and fauna. Gates: Entry fees (per day) as of July 2009: Overseas visitors (day trippers): adult $55, child (three to 12 years old) $28. Overseas visitors (overnight stays): adult $47, child $24. Non-citizen Kenya residents (day trippers): adult $26 or KES 2,000, child $13 or KES 1,000. Non-citizen Kenya residents (overnight stays): adult $24 or KES 1,800, child $12 or KES 900. East African citizens (day trippers and overnight stays): adult KES 600, child KES 300.

All animals are free to come and go by way of specially constructed ‘game corridors’ that only restrict the movement of rhinos. This involves putting knee-high posts in the ground, close together, so that rhinos cannot move out of the conservancy. This helps to protect them from poachers.

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S SWEETWATER CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY

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he Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen.

All the chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary have been rescued from traumatic situations and require special care. At the sanctuary they are carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure, where visitors have a unique opportunity to observe them.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and

the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially set up to receive and provide a lifelong refuge for orphaned and abused chimpanzees from west and central Africa. Initially, three orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi, in 1993. These animals had to be evacuated when civil war broke out in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by nine adult chimpanzees and then by a further 10 in 1996. Over the past decade the sanctuary has accepted more chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations, bringing the total number to 43.

Specialist care Because the chimpanzees at Sweetwaters can never be reintroduced to the wild, they need continuous support and specialist care. It costs the sanctuary about $4,000 a year to take care of just one chimpanzee and for this reason it relies heavily on donations and the work of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

A DDITIONA L IN FOR M ATION Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Ol Pejeta Conservancy Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is open daily from 9 am to 10.30 am and from 3 pm to 4.30 pm.

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ING B M I L AIN C T N U O M

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he diverse landscape, rocky slopes and snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya have always attracted hikers and adventurers.

These climbs are not for the faint-hearted, however. Throughout their ascent to the summit, climbers must deal with the challenges of rough terrain, ice-covered slopes and near-vertical drops.

Natural landscape This harsh natural landscape is complemented by small tarns, alpine meadows and exotic high-altitude vegetation as well as the boundless views that make this trek one of the most beautiful mountain expeditions in East Africa. The mountain has three main peaks: Batian, Nelion and Lenana. The lowest and most accessible, Lenana, is suitable for most climbers; but only experienced technical climbers should attempt the other two peaks. The initial ascent begins with gently sloping cultivated farmland. This is followed by a lush rainforest that is home to elephant, buffalo and monkey. Trekkers

are then guided through a fascinating bamboo-growing area. This is a good time to take a deep breath, look around and enjoy the beauty of the mountain. Mountaineers then begin the ascent of the massif, testing their climbing skills on a topography of hard rock similar to granite. Eagles soar above as the trekkers are guided towards the 16,355 ft summit of Point Lenana.

Guide It is advisable to use a professional guide, with proper knowledge of the tracks, to accompany trekkers. Depending on the chosen route, the weather conditions and the climbers’ personal fitness, the climb usually takes two to three days in total.

A DDITIONA L IN FOR M ATION WHAT TO BRING: Headlamp, walking pole(s), sleeping bag, gaiters, water purification kit, warm clothing and, above all, comfortable, waterproof and supportive hiking boots.

WHEN TO GO: Mount Kenya can be climbed all year round. The highest rainfall occurs between late March and mid May. Main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time.

MAIN CLIMBING ROUTES: • Naro Moru Route: The most popular and fastest route to Point Lenana, but not as scenic as the other two. This route is often crowded. • Chogoria Route: The most scenic and interesting of the three main routes. • Sirimon Route: Although the least used of the three main routes, it offers the most gradual ascent and best acclimatisation options. Note: There are four other, lesser-known routes up Point Lenana: the Burguret Route, Timau Route, Meru Route and Kamweti Route.

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GAME DRIVES

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t’s still something of a secret, but away from its popular national parks and reserves there is a game viewing experience in the Mount Kenya region that is a little more exclusive than those in other regions, as well as being less crowded and in many ways even better. All this, with the spectacular backdrop of the nation’s highest mountain.

Kenya has an international reputation for its excellent wildlife. However, game parks vary considerably depending on the landscape, topography, resident species and how they are organised. In general, the best parks are the ones with vast open spaces where animals are easy to

track and spot. This is certainly true in Mount Kenya, which has Meru National Park, Mwea National Reserve and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

WHAT TO BRING

All-terrain

- Hat

Unlike elsewhere in Kenya, game drive vehicles tend to be four-wheel drive; specially adapted for off-road driving and to deal with the harsh terrain and uneven roads; and are either totally open-sided or have large open-roof hatches.

- Light comfortable clothing (khakis and natural colours)

- Camera

- Bottled water

As a rule, game drives commence early in the morning, when animals are especially active, and in the late afternoon, avoiding the heat of the day, when the predators begin to stir. These drives typically last three to four hours, with a mid-point break for tea or coffee or a sundowner. Most national parks and reserves offer night drives, allowing visitors to view certain nocturnal animals including aardvark, bat-eared fox, porcupine, bushbaby, bushbuck,

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mongoose, genet and various nocturnal birds. Night drives last about two hours. During these adventures, trackers use powerful spotlights to search for activity.


THE ENDANGERED BONGO

U NIQUE A N TELOPE IS A SPECIA L DR AW FOR NAT U R A LISTS T

he area around Mount Kenya is the only place in the world in which to view the wild eastern or mountain bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci) – a shy and mostly nocturnal forest-dwelling antelope. There is also a western or lowland bongo, which is found elsewhere.

Eastern or mountain bongos can live at altitudes of up to 4,000 metres and are ideally suited to the harsh climatic conditions found in the Aberdares.

Vibrant Bongos are characterised by a striking and vibrant reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long spiralled horns. Indeed, the bongo is the only type of antelope of its particular subspecies where both sexes have horns. In addition to the deep chestnut colour of their coats, bongos have bright white side stripes to help hide them from their enemies. Bongos also have a rather complex social structure. The eastern or mountain bongo is found in the wild only in one remote area close to Mount Kenya and is now classified as ‘critically endangered’ – underlined by the fact that there are now more animals in captivity than in the wild.

The outlook for the endangered bongo is improving, however. In 2006 the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Bongo Restoration to Mount Kenya Project was added to the list of the Top Ten Wildlife Conservation Success Stories of the year. And today, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) is supporting the conservation of the antelope in both the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

Solitary Bongos seldom gather in large groups. Males tend to be solitary, while females and their young live in small groups of six to eight. Their preferred habitat is so dense and difficult to operate in that few visitors observed the species until the 1960s. Although mostly nocturnal, bongos are occasionally active in the daytime, so visitors can occasionally glimpse this rare and reclusive creature. Bongos are both timid and easily frightened. After a scare, a bongo will move away at speed, so a slow and cautious approach is required when viewing.

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yeri’s unique and star attraction is that it was the final home and resting place of Lord Robert BadenPowell of Gilwell, founder of the worldwide Scout Movement. Lord Baden-Powell had first visited Kenya in 1906 and immediately fell in love with the area around Mount Kenya, describing his visit with the words: ‘Wonderful views over the plains to the bold snow peak of Mount Kenya.’

But it was not until October 1939 that Baden-Powell and his wife Olave moved from the UK in order to live full-time in Nyeri. They took a small cottage, which Baden-Powell named Paxtu, in the grounds of Outspan hotel. It was BadenPowell’s second property named Pax (Latin for ‘peace’) and so became known as ‘Pax Two’ or Paxtu.

who was Baden-Powell’s first private secretary and one of the first two Scout inspectors. Baden-Powell, who had earlier recuperated at Outspan, bought a share of Walker’s hotel business to pay for his cottage. But far from being a grand country home, Paxtu was a modest one-room house (now a Scouting museum).

Private secretary

Blissful

Outspan, along with the more famous Treetops, was owned by Major Eric Sherbrooke Walker,

Baden-Powell once remarked that ‘closer to Nyeri, closer to bliss’. His blissful life in Nyeri was short lived, however. On 8 January 1941, aged 83, the founder of the Scouting movement died and was buried in St Peter’s Cemetery, Nyeri. His simple gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the centre which is the trail sign for ‘going home’ or ‘I have gone home’. When his widow Olave died many years later in 1977, her ashes were flown to Kenya and interred next to her husband. The Kenya government has since declared BadenPowell’s grave in Nyeri a national monument and today, along with Paxtu, it is a must-see for visitors to the Mount Kenya region.

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ING COFFEE TAST

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here are good reasons why Kenya coffee is so many people’s wake-up beverage of choice as well as a favourite evening drink. Throughout Kenya, the top hotels, smartest offices and finest restaurants are proud to serve locally grown coffee to their appreciative clients and guests.

Kenya coffee is often described as having a floral aroma and a wine-like aftertaste and is known around the world for its unique and spectacular flavour.

From plant to cup, Kenya coffee is perfectly nurtured and produced. The Kenyan tradition of post-harvest coffee handling is considered one of the most effective in the world. The tree that produces Kenyan coffee beans is called Robusta and is restricted to humid altitudes of about 4,000 ft above sea level, flourishing best in rich and deep volcanic soils. These conditions are amply fulfilled on the broad, gentle slopes of Mount Kenya. The ripe berries are handpicked twice a year. The main picking season runs from October to the end of the year, while the second and smaller harvest is from June to July or early August. Upon harvest, the beans are graded and separated according to size, shape and weight. Size matters because it is directly proportional to the flavour and aroma released. Larger-sized beans have better quality.

When visiting the plantations, coffee lovers will be fascinated to witness the production process from ripe berries to dry coffee beans. Visitors will have an opportunity to taste and purchase Kenya coffee and to learn more about its history and production.

Light roasts Grown at high attitude on Mount Kenya, these lightly roasted beans produce a smooth, mild-flavoured coffee with the ability to tame even the grumpiest of Monday morning risers.

Medium roasts Full-bodied and satisfying, medium roasted blends are ideal for mid-morning catch-ups with friends. These coffee beans have medium acidity and produce a well balanced taste.

Dark roasts Dark roasted blends are for those who like strong, bold-tasting coffee. Rich, with low acidity, these beans produce the perfect after-dinner cup or mid-afternoon shot of espresso.

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HE RAFTING ON T TANA RIVER

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isitors can get their adrenalin pumping on Kenya’s largest river. This action-packed adventure is a magnet for thrill-seekers worldwide who come to experience the challenging waters of the Tana River. Rigorous safety standards are maintained and rafters are provided with training,

TANA RIVER PRIMATE RESERVE Covering 13 sq km of protected forest, Tana River Primate Reserve is home to one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates, the red colobus monkey, as well as the rare crested mangabey monkey. Normally, both these primates are confined to West Africa; but within Kenya they can be found exclusively in the Tana Reserve. These fascinating creatures share the reserve with six other species of non-human primates, all of which are under continued threat from the rapid expansion of agricultural development in this area.

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life jackets and helmets before setting out on this scenic but challenging fivehour voyage. The first 3 km section of river gives rafters time to practise their paddle skills and perfect their rafting techniques through a series of easy Class II and Class III white water rapids. After the initial ‘warm-up’ rapids there is a stretch of open water where rafters will have a chance to catch their breath, cool off in the river or relax on the raft before the real fun begins.

Challenging The most challenging part of the course is a succession of three large Class IV and Class V rapids where the rushing water bends and drops, thrashing the raft about as guests attempt to battle the fastflowing white water. With nicknames like Captain’s Folly, Can of Worms (named because of its succession of four 90-degree bends) and Sphincter Flexor, these rapids are far from easy but great fun for lovers of adventure.

The experience comes to a pleasant conclusion back at base camp with a well-earned barbecue lunch accompanied by beers or soft drinks. Just 95 km from Nairobi, this fun-filled experience is an increasingly popular team-building exercise for corporate development.

TA NA RI V ER FACT FILE Length: 1,014 km Source: Slopes of Mount Kenya and the

Aberdare Mountains

Mouth: Tana Delta, Indian Ocean (Formosa Bay)


DAM S K R O F N E V E S

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orming a significant landmark on the lower Tana River at Kindaruma is the imposing structure of the Seven Forks Dam, the country’s main source of hydroelectric power. Hydroelectricity is the most widely used form of renewable energy. It is relatively environmentally friendly because it produces no direct waste and has a consider-

ably lower output of emissions than some other forms of energy generation. Work began on this hydroelectric project in 1965 and was completed in June 1968. The cost of building the dam is estimated at £6.5 million.

Masinga Reservoir Served by the Masinga Reservoir, the dam is of the rock-filled gravity type. There is a power station alongside.

On its completion, the dam was visited by Lord Howick of Glendale, at that time chairman of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. The official opening ceremony on 7 June 1968 was attended by President Jomo Kenyatta. The Seven Forks Dam continues to be Kenya’s main source of hydroelectric power.

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hose who prefer a more intimate look at the local flora and fauna will appreciate the beauty and serenity of a nature walk.

Brightly coloured flowers, smaller and shyer animals and rare birds are often missed or scared off by safari vehicles. A nature walk allows time for the visitor to truly observe and explore this fragile and diverse ecosystem.

Gentle Venturing out on foot is a gentle and eco-friendly way of viewing wildlife and is also less strenuous than mountain climbing or hiking.

Visitors to the Mount Kenya region are advised to use a professional guide in order to gain more knowledge about the natural environment. Most organised walks commence in the early morning or late afternoon when the weather is cooler; however, it is still recommended that walkers bring sun cream and plenty of water and wear a hat. Natural walks are not the same as the walking safaris undertaken in major game parks. The focus is on observing the local flora and fauna rather than seeking particular animals.

WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable lightweight clothes A pair of comfortable closed-in shoes Binoculars Plenty of bottled water

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R E V I R I B O R I A N E V A C U A M U A M T

he Nairobi river Mau Mau Cave is in the foothills of Mount Kenya, in the Narumoru forest block of Mount Kenya forest reserve. The cave is 19.5 km from Munyu junction on NairobiNanyuki road, which is 11 km from Kiganjo Police College junction. It is 200 metres right of Narumoru forest station towards Nairobi River. The river is 200 metres down the steep valley.

the hideout from Mau Mau captives. This led to an aerial bombing of the cave, which missed the target and struck 200 metres away. The explosion partly destroyed the opening of the smaller cave, while the main cave remained intact. The signs of this can still be seen.

From Munyu junction, visitors encounter vast tracts of ranches in this savannah range land. As one gets to the first shopping centre, one experiences a rapid change in both altitude and livelihoods. The landscape changes to small-scale subsistence farming with a mixture of horticulture.

National monument

The roadside vegetation is characterised by a thick undergrowth of green plants, indicating fertile soil. The forest reserve is a mixture of plantation and native forests occasionally interrupted by greencarpeted grass openings. The location of these caves is spectacular. They are easy to miss without a guide, being mostly concealed by undergrowth and local trees including olive, oak and cedar.

History The cave was discovered in 1953 by Mau Mau fighters opposed to British colonial rule. This was during the State of Emergency declared in 1952. Later, British soldiers extracted the location of

The Mau Mau left the hideout after that incident. Many years after independence, in 2003, the cave was declared a national monument by the National Museums of Kenya.

Distance: 19.5 km from Munyu junction to the forest. Climate: Cool Location: Narumoru forest in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Gazetted: 2003 Access by road: Passable murram road from Munyu junction to Narumoru forest.

The caves were formed millions of years ago through the volcanic eruption of Mount Kenya. The sediment rocks were formed by cooling lava.

Vegetation: From Munyu junction, visitors encounter vast tracts of farms in this savannah range land. The reserve is a mixture of plantation and indigenous forests, occasionally interrupted by green carpeted grass openings.

These caves have a significant place in the history of Kenya, and in particular the struggle for independence. Besides serving as a hideout, it was from here caves the fighters drew up and carried out their war plans. The caves served as a workshop for home-made rifles and other military equipment and for storage of stolen ammunition and food.

Birds: Variety of birds in the forest.

AT T R ACTIONS • The indigenous forest is a habitat for primates, especially colobus monkeys • There is a variety of birds in the forests around the caves • Narumoru forest consists of natural vegetation, with a canopy of indigenous trees such as olive oak, cedar, wild fruits and wild flowers • Nairobi River is 200 metres down the steep valley where the cave is located • The cave is clear evidence of volcanic activity long ago as well as a testimony to the local struggle for independence from colonial rule.

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FACT FILE

Light: Bring torch Open: All year round


IO L O S E H T F O S R HINO E V R E S E R E M A G N

estling between the Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya, the Solio Game Reserve is a true jewel not to be missed while visiting northern Kenya. Established in 1970, the reserve is home to 74 black rhino and 155 white rhino, which live in harmony with other wildlife including buffalo, giraffe, zebra and other game species such as eland, oryx, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, warthog and waterbuck. Big cats in the reserve include lion, leopard and cheetah. There

is also an abundance of birdlife scattered among permanent waterholes and the acacia-lined Moyo River, which crosses the reserve.

Refuge Internationally recognised as Kenya’s most successful private rhino breeding area, Solio Game Reserve has translocated more than 100 black and 60 white rhinos to other parts of Kenya and six to Uganda. The main purpose of the reserve is to provide a refuge for wildlife that would otherwise be deprived of suitable habitat. In this way, it makes a key contribution to wildlife conservation in Kenya. The Carr-Hartley family has a long-standing relationship with Solio. The conservancy was originally stocked with rhino and other wild animals by Mikey Carr-Hartley’s family to create the reserve which protects the endangered black rhino.

The geographical position of Solio makes it the perfect destination en route to the Northern Circuit. There is a choice of exciting activities that include walking, trout fishing in the Aberdares and Mount Kenya, helicopter flights and horse riding. The reserve is accessible both by vehicle and aeroplane. Charter flights can access the Solio Private Airfield and there are regular scheduled flights to Nanyuki, a 20-minute road transfer from Solio. By road, the journey takes about three hours from Nairobi. A 45,000 acre ranch within the reserve, Solio Ranch, is being developed by Tamimi Kenya Ltd, which has built a small luxury lodge using local materials and consisting of six opulent individual cottages, opened in mid 2010. Tamimi was also due to take over the tourism management of Solio Game Reserve in 2010.

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E (KWS) C I V R E S E F I L KENYA WILD

E R A C D O O G TA KING L A R U T A N S ’ A Y OF KE N R E SOU RCE S T

he Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. It is a state corporation established by Act of Parliament with a mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya and to enforce related laws and regulations.

The challenges facing wildlife and biodiversity conservation in Kenya are many and varied. They include climate change, habitat degradation and loss, forest depletion, tourism market volatility, human wildlife conflict brought on by population growth and changing land use habits of communities that coexist with wildlife as well as wildlife crime.

Conservation KWS makes an effort to engage with other interest groups and to jointly undertake conservation and management of wildlife resources outside protected areas. The aim is to conserve, protect and manage these resources in a sustainable way. The community wildlife programme of KWS, in collaboration with others, encourages biodiversity conservation by communities living on land essential to wildlife, such as wildlife

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corridors and dispersal lands outside parks and reserves. The premise is that if people benefit from wildlife and other natural resources, then they will take care of those resources.

National parks KWS manages about eight per cent of the total land mass of the country, embracing 22 national parks, 28 national reserves and five national sanctuaries. Also under KWS management are four marine national parks and six marine national reserves at the coast. In addition, KWS manages 125 field stations outside protected areas. In addition to wildlife habitats, the parks and stations feature office and residential blocks, training institutes, workshop areas, research centres, bandas, hotels, shops and restaurants, boreholes, road networks, airstrips and related plants and equipment. Tourism is the second-largest sector of Kenya’s economy. Wildlife managed by KWS forms the backbone of Kenya’s tourism industry, since most visitors come above all to view the wildlife.


TEERS S E E R H T L E T HO

L E T O H D E H S I B REFUR R O F E R T N E C L IS IDE A U R E M D N U O LOOKING R H

otel Three Steers is a first-class hotel under the management of the Nairobi Pacific Hotel. Based along the Meru-Isiolo Road, the property is just 2 km from Meru Town and 200 metres from Maua Junction towards Isiolo/Nanyuki, opposite the Nyambene coffee mills.

Luxurious The luxurious self contained accommodation, consists of standard rooms, superior singles, superior twins and Deluxe rooms. All rooms are equipped with satellite televisions with up to eight channels. Guests can also connect to the world with unlimited internet provided.

The hotel also offers conference facilities, with projectors and all other conference needs available. The choice of meals is as wide as personal taste. The hotel offers world class Mediterranean, European, oriental and African cuisines. Hotel Three Steers also offers outside catering services and provides top of the line services for weddings, seminars, workshops, family gatherings and funeral arrangements.

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KTB) ( D R A O B T S I KENYA TOUR

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enya is the original home of the safari and the ultimate destination for a world-class holiday.

beaches, a range of adventure sport activities and, above all, the chance to observe rare wildlife.

Sitting astride the equator, halfway down Africa’s east coast, Kenya is the most accessible country in the region. With some 90 international flights arriving and departing Nairobi every week, visitors can be enjoying dinner and observing elephants and other wildlife within a few hours of leaving the office.

Nairobi

Kenya offers a world of attractions and opportunities for the discerning visitor – more than any other destination. Visitors can expect to find stunning landscapes, a diversity of culture and myths, sandy

Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital, Nairobi, is the only city in the world with a national park attached to it. The city’s many hotels and restaurants offer the perfect start to a memorable vacation. But it is on the plains, beneath the majestic snow-capped mountains, that you will find Kenya’s most memorable entertainment – the great annual migration of some 2 million wildebeest, half a million zebra and thousands of gazelle in search of pastures new.

Beaches After the wonders of a wildlife safari, Kenya’s beaches offer the ultimate in relaxation. With 480 km of beaches – 50 per cent of them sheltered by unspoilt coral reef – Kenya is the ideal destination for adventure and sports tourism.

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Kenya’s wild assets are accompanied by the warmest of welcomes. Visitors can experience the vibrancy of Kenya’s 42 cultures and become part of an extended national family. Home stays can also be arranged. In the Northern Laikipia area, ranches covering hundreds of thousands of acres offer private game viewing with ecofriendly private community lodges catering for only a couple of customers. Wherever you go in Kenya, you are delivered right to the heart of the action.


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conferences and outdoor challenges.

Tropical gardens

The lodge offers a unique range of accommodation. There are 19 deluxe cottages, furnished in pine, with two double beds, bathroom and toilet and sitting room; 12 standard cottages with double and single beds and separate bathroom and toilet; and 12 selfservice cottages of varying sizes for family holidays.

aro Moru River Lodge Hotel is the ideal base for climbing Mount Kenya, offering expertise in organising all kinds of climbing safaris and trekking programmes. Its mountain centre provides climbing equipment for hire; highly experienced guides and porters; and transport to the starting point at the Met. Station.

Situated on the equator between Nyeri and Nanyuki, at an altitude of 6,505 ft, the lodge is set in beautiful tropical gardens alongside the Naro Moru River, which is well stocked with brown and rainbow trout. There is an exceptional variety of birdlife. Its scented gardens, spacious rooms, delicious food and ready access to the great outdoors make Naro Moru a perfect lodge for families and couples, honeymoons,

The restaurant and bar complex is built round a heated deck-level swimming pool with wonderful views of Mount Kenya. Other facilities include a sauna; a squash court; and two tennis courts.

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ith its beautiful mountain views, Kongoni Camp is a hub for trekkers climbing the Sirimon and Burguret routes as well as an ideal stopover for visitors en route to and from game parks in the Laikipia region. This recently opened camp is less than 2 km from Nanyuki Town, north-west of Mount Kenya.

Excellent cuisine The camp has a reputation for excellent cuisine, ranging from delicious grills, vegetarian dishes and pizzas made in a traditional Italian-style wood-fired oven to home-made breads and cakes all delicately prepared using fresh local ingredients. Set in a picturesque shrub landscape, surrounded by cedar trees, the bar and restaurant are housed in a log-cabin-style building with an open porch and a huge fireplace. The decor is contemporary and tasteful.

Accommodation is in five traditional hut-style fully selfcontained cottages and a rustic 17-bed double-storey cabin. There is also ample space for camping, fully serviced with showers, lighting and security. Guests can either bring their own camping equipment and materials or have them provided by the camp. The camp is a spectacular venue for all kinds of vacation experiences including romantic getaways, weddings, individual retreats, family parties, corporate trips and school trips.

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FARI HOTELS ABERDARE SA

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uests will enjoy the experience of a lifetime when they choose to stay at properties managed by Aberdare Safari Hotels. Two of these are near neighbours in the Mount Kenya circuit: Treetops, famously associated with the British Royal Family, and the beautiful Outspan, which enchanted Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement. The other property, Shimba, has a unique location in a coastal rainforest.

Treetops The legendary Treetops, where Princess Elizabeth awoke one morning as Queen of England, was built in 1932 in Aberdare National Park. The 50-room lodge is constructed on stilts and has four decks and a rooftop viewing platform. There are two waterholes for close-up game viewing. Treetops is engaged in a tree-planting

initiative, Return the Bush, in conjunction with Kenya Wildlife Service.

Outspan Built in 1926, Outspan is set in beautiful gardens with views of Mount Kenya. The 45 rooms are spacious and airy. Guests can visit Paxtu cottage, where Lord Baden-Powell and his wife lived. Other activities include game drives in Aberdare National Park, nature walks and Kikuyu cultural performances.

D WATER CO LT L A R E IN M S D HIGHLAN

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ne of the pioneers of Kenya’s soft drinks industry, Kenya Highlands Mineral Water Co Ltd was established in 1954 in Nyeri. As a world-class organisation with products conforming to Kenyan and international standards, it has been providing high quality soft drinks for over half a century Highlands offers bottled drinking water, certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards Diamond Mark of Quality.

Highlands range The Highlands range also includes still natural and fruit flavoured cordials and ready-to-drinks in orange, pineapple, tropical, lemon, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours. In addition, sugar-free Highlands Light Drinks, developed for health conscious individuals and suitable for diabetics, are available.

The company operates through distributors countrywide and in the East African region. Highlands is committed to giving something back to the community through corporate social responsibility projects. Highlands is the official supplier of water for the Safaricom Lewa Marathon and the Rhino Charge, supporting wildlife conservation. It also supports the East African Wildlife Society, East African Environmental Network and other conservation projects. Other events in which Highlands is proud to be involved include rally sport, the Diabetes Walk and Operation Smile. Highlands is continuing to expand its market share in Kenya and East Africa.

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D HOTEL BATIAN GRAN

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atian Grand Hotel and Mpete Guest House offer visitors a choice of accommodation in Nyeri with ready to access to local services and amenities.

Batian Grand Hotel Batian Grand Hotel, located in the heart of Nyeri town, is a favourite stopover for travellers on their way to the Mount Kenya highlands with its many fine features, including Mount Kenya National Park, the Aberdare Ranges, the Mau Mau Caves and the grave of Lord Baden-Powell. This two-star hotel offers warm hospitality in a friendly and tranquil environment. It is also an excellent venue for seminars, conferences, parties and other functions. The hotel has a 70-seat dining room, a coffee shop, a residents’ bar and a sports bar, all offering excellent cuisine and service.

Mpeta Guest House Mpeta Guest House offers comfortable selfcatering apartments for both families and business travellers. Located within easy reach of the central business district of Nyeri, the property is in a lush green suburb with fine views of Mount Kenya and the surrounding farmlands. The smartly designed apartments consist of one- and two-bedroom units with a modern kitchenette, large living room and terrace. Each apartment has wireless internet, TV, intercom and secure parking.

NSERVANCY OL PEJETA CO

DLIFE FORUM IL W IA IP IK A L

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A wilderness and wildlife haven, Laikipia is located north-west of Mount Kenya, stretching from the Great Rift Valley in the west to the magnificent escarpments which descend into the semi-deserts of Northern Kenya. Laikipia hosts a diversity of large mammals, including significant populations of predators and the ‘Big Five’ as well as the highest populations of endangered species in the country.

he Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia district of Kenya. It is the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees.

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aikipia is widely recognised as Kenya’s premier safari destination, with ideals and practices that are at the forefront of conservation tourism. The combination of abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery provides the basis for Laikipia’s high quality tourism.

A MODE L FOR IFE L D L I W N R E D O M CONSERVATION T Its aims are to conserve wildlife, to provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for reinvestment in conservation and community development. It works closely with the government and to international standards. The conservancy derives its revenue from wildlife tourism and a fully integrated livestock production system. Any surplus internally generated revenue is used, with donor funds, to support a community outreach programme and for conservation beyond its boundaries.

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zaak Walton Inn is one of Kenya’s most exciting destinations – a unique place of relaxation on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Traditional Originally built in the 1930s in traditional rondavels, the inn was named after the English fisherman Izaak Walton, whose famous book, ‘The Compleat Angler’, was published in 1653. The Mugo family has developed the property into a world-class conference venue. Accommodation consists of standard rooms and superior suites. Guests can opt for a king-sized bed or twin beds.

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IRCUIT MOUNT KENYA TOURISM C

MEMBERS IN DEX HOTE L S BANANA LEAF HOTEL BATIAN GRAND HOTEL GREEN HILLS HOTEL GERISH HOTELS HOTEL INCREDIBLE HOTEL STARBUCKS IVORY RESORT HOTEL IZAAK WALTON INN KIRIMARA SPRINGS HOTEL KWETU LODGE MAINA HIGHWAY HOTEL MASINGA DAM RESORT MAUA BASIN HOTEL MERU SAFARI HOTEL MT KENYA LEISURE LODGE NARO MORU RIVER LODGE NEW THUCHI LODGE OLD HOUSE NANYUKI OUTSPAN/TREETOPS PHILADELPHIA RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE ROYAL PRINCE HOTEL LTD THE SPORTSMAN’S ARMS HOTEL SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP THOMSON’S FALLS LODGE THREE STEERS HOTEL TRANSIT MOTEL

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A MOUNT KENY

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BA NA NA LE AF HOTE L PO Box 2081-10100, Nyeri Kenya Email: karubiup@yahoo.com

Banana Leaf Hotel is a medium-sized property located along Nyeri-Karatina highway next to the National Oil Petrol Station. The hotel offers a wide range of foods and drinks – guests can choose from the à la carte menu or table d’hôte cuisine. Banana Leaf is a hot spot for entertainment in the region, featuring theme nights, every first weekend of the month, among other popular events. This is the perfect venue for group lunches, parties, conferences and teambuilding. The staff at Banana Leaf are well trained to cater for both large and small-scale occasions. The hotel offers excellent accommodation with wall to wall carpet, hot showers and TV with DSTV. Rooms rates also include a fresh, sumptuous breakfast. The hotel restaurant serves fresh cuts of pork, chicken and mbuzi choma.

BATIA N GR A N D HOT Gakere Road, Nyeri 030 743 Telephone: +254 (0)612 hi.com nac Email: batianhotel@wa

Ideal for those looking for budget boarding with a good atmosphere, the Batian Grand Hotel provides centrally located accommodation in Nyeri – at affordable rates. The building itself is a large modern block with a central courtyard. Some of the guest rooms look inward to the courtyard while others face-outward and, on a clear day, have views to Mount Kenya. All rooms are well appointed and have all necessary facilities. Both single and double rooms are available. The hotel has a popular coffee shop and restaurant serving snacks and meals throughout the day. The well-known Zebra Pub is located within the hotel and attracts both hotel guests and locals. Batian Grand Hotel is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit the final resting place of Lord Baden-Powell in St Peter’s Cemetery, just a stone’s throw from the hotel. Secure parking is available to all hotel guests.

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Nyeri 3 0710 PO Box 313-10100, 0604; 203 0709; 20 3 20 1 )6 (0 4 25 + l: Te 2199 Fax: +254 61 203 ills.co.ke nh ee gr o@ Email: inf www.greenhills.co.ke

S GE R ISH HOTE L

0, Embu PO Box 1760-06010 0 44 30 8 Tel: +254 (0)6 56 9 6231; 71 637 63 12 2 )7 (0 4 Cell: +25 @yahoo.com Email: gerishhotels

Green Hills is three-star hotel founded in 1979. The property is set in quiet and secluded area with stunning views of Mount Kenya and surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens.

Gerish Hotels is a budget hotel situated 2 km from the central business development area of Embu town and 130 km from Nairobi. The property offers rural setting ambience in an urban proximity.

The hotel boasts nine conference halls – ranging in size depending on different requirements – from small meeting rooms to large halls with the capacity of up to 700 delegates.

The hotel accommodation has capacity for 46 guests.

In total there are 112 guest rooms all with private bathroom, telephone and DSTV. All rooms have been specially designed to ensure ultimate comfort and relaxation. Internet services are also available. The charming restaurant offers varied menus serving international and local cuisine. There is a buffet service for breakfast and lunch, with an à la carte dinner menu in the evenings. Green Hills also has an underground soundproof discotheque, a large swimming pool, a spacious play area for children and a luxury lifestyle spa providing an extensive range of treatments.

HOTE L INCR EDIBLE

PO Box 2020-60200, Meru Tel: +254 (0)20 24 161 6139 511 Cell: +254 (0)724 551 799; 722 885 07 301 4 (0)6 4 Fax: +25 Email: hotelincredible@gmail.com

Located on Kirukuri Road off Tom Mboya Street in Meru town, Hotel Incredible offers fine accommodation for international and local guests. The hotel restaurant serves an impressive selection of African, Asian and Chinese cuisine to suit every taste. In terms of accommodation there is a choice of spacious executive cottages, well equipped guest houses or basic guest rooms. All the accommodation has been designed to help guests relax and unwind. A large proportion of the hotel’s clientele are stopping over on their way to the many attractions found in this area. These include: Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Down, Mount Kenya National Park and Lake Nkunga. Hotel Incredible is a great venue for conferences and seminars. The impressive conference hall can accommodate up to 100 delegates.

Best known for fresh, delicious chicken and mbuzi choma – sourced from the famous Ishiara plains, the hotel restaurant is popular with both guests and locals. At the weekends the hotel entertainment consists live bands and comedians – a chance for guests to interact with the locals and relax with a cooling beverage. For more cultural entertainment, the property works closely with the Embu Tourism Development Association enabling visitors to tour the historical sites.

HOTE L STA R BUCKS PO Box 1299, Karatina Tel: +254 (0)617 2829 6 Cell: +254 (0)720 341 26 , com oo. yah @ ogo mb lily Email: starbuckshotel@yahoo.com

Located in the heart of lush green coffee and tea farms of the central highlands, Hotel Starbucks is in Karatina on the NairobiNanyuki highway. The hotel is a landmark in this busy market town. Overlooking the highway, the terrace bar and coffee shop is charming hang for travellers and guests. The cosy accommodation is designed with traditional African theme and provides an atmosphere that is prefect for relaxation. Distinctively rich, the diverse cuisine served at the restaurant is made from the freshest fruits and vegetable. The property also offers modern conferences facilities for corporate clientele.

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HOTE L IVORY R E SORT Nyeri PO Box 959-10100, 9 013 92 22 Cell: +254 (0)7

Ivory Resort Hotel is situated on the NyeriNairobi Highway in Skuta, next to Caltex service station. The hotel is just 4 km from Nyeri town, in a lush green environment of coffee and tea plantations. The resort offers warm hospitality and has a friendly and tranquil ambience. A favourite stopover for visitors to various attractions in the region such as the Aberdare Ranges and Lord Baden-Powell’s grave, at Ivory Resort Hotel guests will find attentive service and friendly staff. The restaurant serves all types of cuisine for both in-house and outside catering. Other facilities include conferencing and secure parking.

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PO Box 1, Embu 128 Tel: +254 (0)161 20 ninn.co.ke lto wa ak Email: sales@iza

Originally a farmhouse building, the Izaak Walton Inn has architectural features from bygone days. The hotel is situated in the serene outskirts of Embu. It is 2 km from the town centre on Kenyatta Avenue along Embu-Meru Road and a two-hour drive from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Steeped in history, the inn was constructed in 1930s and received its first paying clients in 1942. The inn was named later after Izaak Walton, the 17th-century English fisherman and author of ‘The Compleat Angler’, one of the most reprinted books ever. ‘In the beginning was Izaak Walton Inn…it is still,’ reads the caption on each of the sepia pictures which hang in the simple lounge of the inn. The pictures show Embu people in their rich traditional attire. The inn was first constructed in traditional rondavels, which now contain the guest accommodation.

KIRIM AR A SPRINGS HOTE L PO Box 1051-10400, Nanyuki Tel: +254 (0)62 32 568 Cell: +254 (0)726 370 191 Email: info@kirimaraspringshotel.com www.kirimaraspringshotel.com

Located in Nanyuki town centre and with majestic views of Mount Kenya, Kirimara Springs Hotel is a haven of rest and relaxation. Modern business facilities, including highspeed wireless internet throughout and four separate conference venues make Kirimara Springs Hotel popular with business tourists. The largest of the conference halls is the Banana Leaf Hall, with a capacity of 150 delegates. The Nelion and Batian halls can each accommodate approximately 40 guests and the open-air and aptly named Backyard Hall can hold 70 people. All halls are fitted with presentation equipment. All guest rooms also have internet connection as well as showers, TV, work desk and mosquito nets. Food served at the restaurant is reasonably priced and guests have the option of either indoor or outdoor dining. In the evening, the hotel bar is a popular meeting place, serving a wide selection of beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks and tea or coffee. The bar area also has scenic views of Mount Kenya.

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K W ET U LODGE

PO Box 1241, Embu Tel: +254 (0)68 30 692 Fax: +254 (0)68 31 178 23; 722 891 679 Cell: +254 (0)721 326 04 com oo. yah Email: pollykwetu@

Kwetu Lodge is an ideal place for business travellers or those looking to relax. Located in Embu town along NairobiMeru Highway, the property is 500 metres from Rupinganci River Bridge. All the rooms are equipped with DSTV. Those looking to explore this area will find the hotel’s car hire service a convenient and affordable option.


AY HOTE L M A INA HIGH W Embu PO Box 354-60100, 89 17 83 6 Tel: +254 (0)6 7 700; 722 831 22 82 22 )7 (0 4 m Cell: +25 co el. ot mainahighwayh Email: reservation@ el.com ot www.mainahighwayh

This smart seven-storey landmark property is located in the heart of Embu, just off Kenyatta Highway. Opening in 2009, the hotel is relatively new, however has quickly established a reputation for quality service and warm hospitality. Clientele consists of both leisure and business travellers attracted by the numerous recreational and conference facilities available. The property currently has 95 rooms. Singles, twins and executive suites are available depending on preference. In terms of meetings and seminars, the hotel has three impressive conference halls – two of which have the capacity for over 100 guests each. The halls are fitted with the latest public address systems, LCD projectors, comfortable seats and tables. Secure parking is available for all hotel guests.

M AUA BA SIN HOTE L

00, Maua Old Maua-Meru Rd, PO Box 452-606 9 Tel: +254 (0)642 151 Email: info@hotelmauabasin.com; mauabasinhotel@yahoo.com www.hotelmauabasin.com

With a tranquil setting, affordable accommodation and excellent customer service, Maua Basin Hotel prides itself on creating an atmosphere that is both relaxing and comfortable, with attention to the smallest detail. Located north of Meru and 320 km from of Nairobi, the hotel is set in leafy gardens at the foot of the Nyambene Hills and overlooking Meru National Park. Single, double rooms and suites are all available – complete with cable television, hot showers and large comfortable beds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the hotel restaurant. The talented chef provides a wide and tasty choice of cuisine, including many popular local African dishes, for example, delicious nyama choma (roasted meat). Ensuring convenience for all guests, Maua Basin Hotel offers a range of facilities; a children’s park, laundry service, a saloon, gift shop, library and internet connectivity. The hotel has also recently introduced superb conference services, ideal for meetings, incentives and conferences.

R E SORT M A SINGA DA M t Authority, Embu r Developmen c/o Tana & Athi Rive a.co.ke rd Email: mdresort@ta

Masinga Dam Resort (MDR) is located next to the Masinga Reservoir. The reservoir was developed and commissioned in 1981 by TARDA as a multipurpose, manmade lake for storing water to power generate the dams downstream. The environment at the resort offers a cool temperature due to the huge expanse of water nearby. Accommodation is in tents with 140 beds in total. Each tent can sleep between two and four people. Further accommodation consists off 11 spacious executive rooms and 23 standard rooms. There are also two tented conference facilities for larger events. Guests can relax by the swimming pool while enjoy landscape views of the Masinga Dam. Throughout the day the large restaurant and bar area serves a variety of food, from buffet breakfasts to sumptuous dinners. Those looking for a safari experience can visit the Mwea National Game Reserve, just a few kilometres from the resort. The resort has conference facilities for up to 100 people, ideal for meetings, seminars and training programmes.

OT E L ME RU SA FA R I H , Meru PO Box 2323-60200 1 51 30 4 Tel: +254 (0)6 9 852 25 25 )7 (0 Cell: +254 1 51 Fax: +254 (0)64 30 hoo.com ya Email: merusafari@

Meru Safari Hotel is conveniently located within the heart of Meru town with secure and spacious parking. The hotel offers friendly hospitality in a tranquil environment – ideal for visitors on safari to various attractions in the east of the region and to Meru National Park. Accommodation consists of twin, single and deluxe rooms, all tastefully furnished to provide the best relaxation. The Safari Terrace on the second floor gives visitors a panoramic aerial view of Meru town. The three conference rooms can accommodate up to 500 and are equipped with modern facilities. The business centre is open every day for all internet and secretarial services. Dining options range from à la carte to table d’hôte to lavish buffets.

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Naro Moru PO Box 382-10105, 5798 4 20 0 Tel: +254 (0)2 2523 3 20 0 )2 (0 Fax: +254 788 978 634; 736 349 Cell: +254 (0)728 m .co yaleisurelodge Email: info@mtken lodge.com re su lei www.mtkenya

Set in the foothills of Mount Kenya, on well manicured mature lawns, Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge offers high quality services to discerning guests who wish to sample true Kenyan culture and hospitality in a modern setting, away from the usual tourist package programmes. A beautiful retreat Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Accommodation at the lodge consists of 16 rooms, categorised under superdeluxe and standard rooms. In addition, neatly tucked away, are four semi-detached private rooms, each tastefully furnished in smoothing colour schemes and with an individual fireplace. Entertainment facilities range from quiz nights to cultural and historical excursions. There is even the opportunity for guests to catch their own dinner at the Leisure Lodge Fishing Club. Business visitors will be impressed by the extensive conference and meeting facilities on offer. For overseas visitors, airport pick-up and drop-off comes as standard.

NE W THUCHI LODGE PO BOX 7-60100, Embu Tel: +254 (0)20 207 4549 Cell: +254 (0)734 465 625 Email: karueinvestco@yahoo.com

New Thuchi Lodge is situated along the banks of Thuci River on the Nairobi-Meru highway on the eastern side of Mount Kenya. With 18 tastefully furnished cottages, with either two or four bedrooms each, the lodge offers superb full board and self-catered accommodation. Cuisine at the lodge aims to satisfy every diet and palate, the chef is happy to accommodate wherever necessary. In terms of facilities and services the lodge offers conferencing, a bar, recreational and team building activities, swimming pool and a squash court. Staff at New Thuchi Lodge are professional, well trained and friendly.

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Naro Moru PO Box 18-10105, 0 47/8 Tel: +254 (0)62 31 2 754; (0)737 102 955 08 24 Cell: +254 (0)7 oruriverlodge.com m ro na Email: info@ dge.com www.naromoruriverlo

The Alliance Naro Moru River Lodge, set in the foothills of Mount Kenya, is a luxury base for climbers. The Lodge stands on the Equator between Nyeri and Nanyuki at an altitude of 1,982 metres. Set in beautiful tropical gardens, it offers excellent trout fishing and is a paradise for birdwatchers. Full board or self-service accommodation is available, with 12 standard, 10 superior and 12 deluxe rooms. In addition, there are seven cottages, five country homes, bunk houses and a campsite. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, a squash court, a sauna, conference rooms, horse riding and a nature trail. Both of the two restaurants offer a delicious range of traditional and Continental cuisine. The Kirinyaga Restaurant provides casual dining and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and for more formal dining the Nelion Restaurant has an Ă  la carte menu from 11 am to 6 pm and serves dinner between 7.30 and 9.30 pm.

KI OLD HOUSE NA N Y U ki PO Box 340-10400, Nanyu 230 9999 61 , 56 15 3 62 (0) Tel: +254 8 86 Cell: +254 (0)722 697 Fax: +254 (0)62 31 556 anyuki.co.ke Email: info@theoldhousen

Old House Nanyuki is a premier countryside hotel located on the banks of the Nanyuki River, only 3 km from Nanyuki and 200 metres from NanyukiNairobi highway. The property is an old-style colonial farmhouse and has a long river frontage, built on the gentle lower slopes of Mount Kenya there is a consistent serene and relaxing atmosphere. Accommodation is in stylish and cosy twin and double rooms, all with pleasant views of the countryside. The hotel offers many facilities including conferencing and seminars, expansive grounds for wedding receptions, nature walks, camping and outside catering.


TOPS OU TSPA N/ T R EE 5-00800, Nairobi , PO Box 1481 c/o Aberdare Safaris 2095/9; 445 2103/4 5 Tel +254 (0)20 44 5 2102 Fax +254 (0)20 44 761 7 20 2 72 4 Cell: +25 safarihotels.com re da er ab o@ inf Email: otels.com www.aberdaresafarih

Located 160 km from Nairobi and 2 km from Nyeri, Outspan offers accommodation in deluxe chania and garden cottages as well as standard rooms in a 45-acre setting with beautiful surroundings. Outspan is a traditional country hotel with strong historical roots and is where Lord Baden-Powell spent the last three years of his life. Popular with business and conference visitors, there are three purpose-built conference rooms each with 30 to 50 delegates capacity. These make an ideal venue for an out-of-Nairobi meeting. The property is the base hotel for clients check in at Outspan and then proceed to Treetops. Also steeped in history and part of Aberdare Safaris is the world-famous Treetops. Located in the heart of a salient area in the Aberdare National Park, overlooking two water holes and with views of Mount Kenya, Treetops began in 1932 as a humble two-room dwelling. In 1952 Treetops gained overnight renown as the place where Princess Elizabeth was staying when she learned of the death of her father, King George VI. Since then, for many, no visit to Kenya would be complete without sampling the Treetops experience.

R ET R E AT PHIL A DE L PHIA E CE N T R E & CON FE R E NC Embu PO Box 607-60100, 1627 8 Tel: +254 (0)20 23 0842 3 74 1 )7 Cell: +254 (0 entre@yahoo.com Email: philadelphiac atcentre.com re www.philadelphiaret

Philadelphia Retreat & Conference Centre is situated in Kirinyaga District on the main Nairobi Embu highway 130 km north of Nairobi. The resort is situated in a serene lush green area surrounded by attractive coffee and tea plantations. On a clear day the view of Mount Kenya is spectacular. Neatly and superbly done in Kikuyu ‘thingira’ style architecture, the centre offers excellent accommodation in a quiet environment for rest and relaxation. Conferences, group retreats and team building activities can organised on request. The centre offers diverse cuisines to suit all cultures, yet specialises in popular African dishes. The property is conveniently located only 10 km from Embu. Trips to the Seven Folk Dams and Mwea National Reserve, as well as the climb up Mount Kenya, can all be arranged through the hotel staff.

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ROYA L PR INCE HOTE L LT D PO Box 961-60200, Meru Tel: +254 (0)64 30 115 Email: royalhotel35@yahoo.com

Since opening its doors in 2000, Royal Prince Hotel has attracted a wide range of local and international tourists. The hotel is located at Makutano, Meru along Meru-Maua road and offers 20 charming guest rooms, all with associated facilities. Owing to the success of Royal Prince Hotel, the management has since opened another property in the heart of Meru town fronting both Njuricheke Street and Tom Mboya Street. This new property have 50 ultra-modern rooms and offers conference facilities, spacious and lavish dining, a modern bar with DSTV and a daily resident DJ.

THE SPORTSM A N’S A R MS HOTE L

PO Box 3, Nanyuki 31 448 Tel: +254 (0)62 323 48/7; 77; 72 4336 499 Cell: +254 (0)73 494 40 Fax: +254 (0)62 31826 rmshotels.com Email: info@sportsmansa s.com tel sho arm ans www.sportsm

The Sportsman’s Arms Hotel is a three-star hotel located in Nanyuki, strategically positioned to border eastern and central province. An ideal getaway for local, international tourists and business travellers, the property is a two-hour journey by road from Nairobi or a 35-minute flight from Wilson Airport (Nairobi) to Nanyuki airstrip, which is only a five-minute drive from the hotel. The architecture and interior decor encompasses a mixture of traditional style with modern features. All guest rooms face Mount Kenya and are fully self-contained. Increasingly popular with business travellers, The Sportsman’s Arms Hotel has excellent facilities for conferences, seminars, team building and meetings. The property has successfully hosted many large and small scale events for a range of clients. Guests holidaying at the hotel will be impressed with the quality and the selection of leisure activities available. There is a fully equipped gym, sauna room, steam bath, large swimming pool (half Olympic size), squash courts, a disco, shop and internet services.

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obi c/o Serena Hotels, PO Box 48690, Nair 0 197 23 Tel: +254 (0)6 Fax: +254 (0)623 1965 Email: sweetwaters@serena.co.ke www.serenahotels.com

Clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Accommodation is provided in 39 luxuriously appointed tents. Each tent has a thatched roof, an en-suite bathroom and its own veranda with views over the waterhole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Khashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife viewing. Ol Pejeta House is a beautiful private house set within the calm of the sanctuary, an 8 km drive from Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Accommodation comprises two luxury suites with ‘larger-than-life’ king size beds, large balcony with excellent views of the game-teeming plains and, on a clear day, glimpses of Mount Kenya.

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5, Meru PO Box 21113-0050 7 46 , 71 146 3266 Tel: +254 (0)64 30 8 9935; 72 858 8005 m; 43 2 )7 (0 4 25 + ll: Ce .co nairobipacifichotels Email: threesteers@ otels.com ifich kithinji@nairobipac

Three Steers Hotel is a first class hotel under management of Nairobi Pacific Hotel. The property is located opposite Nyambene Coffee Mills, along MeruIsiolo Road, 2 km from Meru town and 200 metres from Maua junction towards Isiolo. The hotel has recently been renovated and refurbished with new facilities.

DGE THOMSON’S FA LL S LO Nyahururu 652 2552 Tel: +254 (0)652 2006; 4 86 3 61 2 72 Cell: +254 (0) .ke .co ine onl ica afr lls@ Email: tfa

Situated at the world famous Thomson’s Falls at the base of the Aberdare Ranges, Thomson’s Falls Lodge was built in the 1930s by British settlers and stands at 2,360 metres above sea level. The original Swiss chalet-style cottages are still part of the property, which is set in 10 acres of lush lawns, shaded with African olive and cedar trees. In 1883, Scottish geologist and naturalist Joseph Thomson was the first European to see the 72 metre high falls. Visitors can take a stroll along the nature trail at the base of the falls and through the gorge, which is a haven for the endangered colobus monkeys, baboons and small animals. The area is also home to many colourful birds that provide good photographic opportunities. A popular overnight stop for travellers moving between Samburu and the Great Rift Valley, Thomson’s Falls Lodge has 32 single, double and triple rooms, on bed and breakfast, half board or full board basis. All rooms have open log fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms also have private verandas. In addition, the lodge has a beautiful campsite that offers accommodation to overland travellers.

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ogoria PO Box 190-064, Ch ; 22 362 96 20 42 )6 (0 1 Tel: +254 3 133; 725 609 15 97 21 )7 (0 4 25 Cell: + yahoo.com Email: davki2009@ goria.com ho elc ot www.transitm

The perfect base for climbing Mount Kenya, the Transit Motel is located in rural Meru at the base of one of three designated routes to climb the mountain. The area and the motel grounds are lush with vegetation and there are pleasant views from all guest rooms. Mount Kenya is also clearly visible in all its majestic beauty from the roof terrace. Cocktails or a cool beer can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area, and a variety of culinary delights can be sampled in the restaurant. All food is locally sourced for guaranteed freshness. Guest rooms have balconies, hot showers and comfortable beds. Those looking for more basic facilities can opt to pitch their tent at the campsite. The site can accommodate 20 tents with a maximum capacity of 80 guests. The motel has two large halls which can be adapted to accommodate conferences, weddings, parties or seminars.

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PO Box 22, Nyeri 121; 24 124 Tel: +254 (0)550 24 nchi.com na Email: aberdare@wa e o.k s.g kw www.

The Aberdares is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley. The Aberdare National Park is home to most of the larger mammals, The park has endangered species including the rare bongo, giant forest hog, packs of the very rare wild dogs and the endemic mole rat and mole shrew. In addition to game drives, there are loads of activities to keep visitors entertained, for example; camping, hiking, walking safaris, night drives and trout fishing.

EMBU TOUR ISM DE VE LOPMEN T ORGA NISATION (ETDO) PO Box 1760, Embu Email: etdcbo@yahoo.com Tel: +254 (0)20 244 4599 Embu Tourism Development Organisation (ETDO) is a community based organisation which brings together local community members Interested in tourism, and stakeholders with the aim of facilitating growth in the tourism trade. Most members are rural based peasants living near potential or established tourism attractions and sites. ETDO arranges field trips to various water sites, picnics to Mount Kenya, Mau Mau Caves, adventure trips, ecotourism, agritourism, cultural activities and traditional food banquets.

The park is also full of unique attractions, including Lesatima Peak, Kinangop Peak, waterfalls, Mau Mau Caves, the Kimathi Hideout, Twin Hills, Elephant Hills and Table Mountains. Mist and heavy rainfall occurs throughout much of the year, with precipitations varying from 1,000 mm yearly on the north-western slopes to as much as 3,000 mm in the south-east.

GE F/SGP M T KE NYA COMPACT IN ITIATI VE Mt Kenya COMPACT Initiative, Nanyuki Tel: +254 (0)62 31 297 Email: fredkihara@yahoo.co.uk www.gefsgp-undp.or.ke

Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation (COMPACT) is an exclusive, two-pronged initiative that addresses environmental concerns and meets the needs of local communities simultaneously. COMPACT offers financial and technical assistance directly to community-based initiatives that serve to improve livelihoods, while addressing the threats, which jeopardise ecological integrity in important protected areas. The project in Kenya is focused on the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. It is implemented under the general framework and grant-making mechanism of the Global Environmental Facility/Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP). Important operational support is also provided by the United Nations Foundation (UNF). The project has partnered with 60 community groups in implementation of conservation projects and will continue to offer similar support in the forthcoming GEF Phase V covering 2011-2014.

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S SAFARI U C O -F O C E N LORIA i , Kimathi Way, Nyer , Central Plaza 2nd Floor, West Wing eri , Ny PO Box 2669-10140 6170 2 23 0 )2 (0 4 25 + Tel: 7 881 95 20 Cell: +254 (0)7 yahoo.com @ as rit ca ira Email: wach

Kenya’s highlands are endowed with virgin pristine and majestic landscapes and ecosystems that are gradually threatened by encroachment and degradation. To restore and sustain the integrity of these scenic sites demands a collective effort of both nature loving visitors and ecologically friendly operators. Lorian Eco-Focus Safaris conducts nature wild walks, game and birdwatching safaris and conservation warrior projects for the ecologically conscious tourists and students. This family venture, with its skilled guides and nature interpreters, facilitates an authentic understanding of the diversity and symbiotic relationship between humans and nature giving the visitor the true taste of the wild. The firm also organises corporate bonding and team building retreats to rejuvenate and stimulate the busy executives and managers of highly competitive and growing organisations. It places gap year students in conservation oriented holidays that ensure real engagement with people, nature and culture.


L PA R K ME RU NATIONA CU LT U R A L CONSE RV E R S & DA NCE R S eru PO Box 46 Maua, M 200; 732 225 231 7 31 Cell:+254 (0)724 m2009@yahoo.com eu us m Email: merueco

An ‘eco museum’ is a ‘museum without walls’ where nature and culture are explained from where they happen. Located at Maua in Meru, the Meru National Park Conservers and Cultural Dancers offer a fantastic internal view of nature, as well as the interesting cultural history found in this area. This ‘eco museum’ contains social sights such as Muthungutha (a sacred forest), the Nyambene Hills Forest where seeds like millet and honey are kept for religious reasons, the Bgaya Forest where colonial fighter Marshal Mwariama used to hide himself, the Gaaru Houses, ‘Gikumbu’ (a sacred tree), Kathiti Catchment area and Igombe in Mutuati area.

MOUN T KE NYA SCHOOL OF ADVENTURE & LEADERSHIP (K ESAL) Standard Street c/o 13th Floor, North Wing, Bruce House, u Base Camp, PO Box 280, Kibirichia, Mer PO Box 4055-00506, Nairobi Tel/Fax: +254 (0)20 237 2626 Email: adventuresch@yahoo.co.uk www.kesalexperientialtraining.com

Established in 1990, Mount Kenya School of Adventure & Leadership (KESAL) offers a unique and high impact experientialbased training solutions. KESAL is the only training centre of its kind in Kenya and is constantly establishing itself as the training institution of choice, both by the government and within the private sector. In part, their success is due to precise attention to detail, quality work and years of industry experience. In addition, KESAL prides itself on a strong client focus and long-term relationships. The experienced trainers work closely with clients to capture their dreams, aspirations and define the focus and direction of the training. The technical training team is constantly researching the latest developments in the field of experiential-based training to meet the ever changing training needs of clients.

OU N T N Y E R I YOU TH MG CLUB K E N YA CLIMBIN Nyeri PO Box 1166-10100 9 708 11 Cell: +254 (0)721 bers@yahoo.com Email: nyeriyouthclim

Located in Nyeri town and registered under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Development, Nyeri Youth Mount Kenya Climbing Club consists of young experienced mountaineers and porters whose main mission is to guide and train both foreign and domestic tourists in mountain climbing, game drives and nature trails. The main clientele is drawn from schools, family members, environmentalists and those undertaking tourism related courses.

V ICE SAGA NA TOTA L SE R STATION PO Box 317, Sagana Tel: +254 (0)20 203 3985 4 Cell: +254 (0)720 490 27 com ail. gm Email: kibichoadvo@

Sagana Total Service Station is a petroleum gas station located along NairobiNyeri Highway at Sagana town. The station is an ideal stopover for travellers visiting the mountain region. It’s a convenient break offering washrooms, cold drinks, snacks and vehicle service as visitors ascend the mountain region.

The group’s biggest achievement to date is guiding the group that installed the Kenya Constitution on 27 September 2010 at Point Lenana.

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PO Box 205-10100, Nyeri 9; 722 794 558 Cell: +254 (0)725 253 91 com oo. yah @ ara Email: kacha-kam

PO Box 1290-10300, Kerugoya 677 Cell: +254 (0)723 878 932; 733 226 om ail.c etm rock Email: stephenkingori@

Slopes Spring Drinking Water is bottled at source at Kingori Springs of the eastern slopes of the Aberdare ranges. It is filtered using cartilage filtration and ultra-violet treatment. The company have maintained the pleasurable taste of pure natural spring drinking water. The reason for starting this business was based on challenge of getting clean water in Kenya. The idea was created out of need to ensure safe water was made available to their target market which is mainly tourism industry. The uniqueness of the product is the source of water which is from a naturally occurring spa and thus the water is crystal clear. The water has undergone a chemical and pathogenic analysis done by Kenya’s Ministry of Water & Irrigation and the Kenya Bureau of Standards and awarded the Quality Trading Market. It has also been certified and found to have met Kenyan and World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

The Thunguma Museum was founded in 1998 and today exhibits a wide collection of cultural material, dating back to 1700 AD when the Kenyan history is traced. The museum is a centre of reference in development of standards for good tourism practice and attracts a wide range of international visitors. The museum is just 3 km from Nyeri town and lies in the undulating hills and valleys between the scenic snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya and the overlapping ridges of Aberdare ranges. Registered under the companies Act Cap 486 – the museum makes no capital gain and is purely for research and tourism purposes.

The product will be sold directly to key Tourist Hotels and Camp Sites.

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PO Box 2196, Meru 837 9 Tel: +254 (0)725 43 a@yahoo.com at th ka n. ga or m Email:

Morgan Restaurant is located in the heart of Meru along the main Meru-Nairobi Highway. It is open around the clock, offering hot and cold snacks, African dishes and an à la carte menu. Visitors to this mountain region can enjoy the novelty of drinking tea and coffee in the very area where they are grown. Crispy salads and refreshments are served in the main room, which is perfectly designed for relaxation. With three well-furnished floors and experienced staff, the restaurant is an ideal place for families eating out and for busy executives on a trip to Meru.

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, Nyeri PO Box 1363-10100 060; 722 794 555 0 79 22 )7 Cell: +254 (0 35 00 7 23 0 )2 (0 yahoo.com Tel: +254 ri.c ye om; raybellsrest@ Email: info@raybellsn m www.raybellsnyeri.co

A modern family restaurant in the heart of Nyeri specialising in continental and African cuisine, Raybells Restaurant & Garden is increasingly popular with both locals and international visitors. The restaurant has traditionally been a stopover for visitors to the region’s attractions such as Aberdare National Park, Solio and Ol Pejeta Conservancies. The restaurant offers custom-made packed meals for travellers as well as private/outside catering and delivery services. In addition to the restaurant, a tastefully landscaped garden with spectacular views of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the endless Aberdare mountain ranges is available for those searching for a perfect venue for weddings, cocktails, launches and other special occasions. Located only 2 km from the town along the Nyeri-Ihururu Road, the gardens are conveniently and easily accessible.

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