Misty covered mountains, rare rhino and a royal connection; Mount Kenya and the Aberdares holidays offer an extra-special safari adventure
After a scorching hot game drive on the lookout for the Big Five, relax with sundowners under the shade of an acacia tree or sink into a cosy armchair watching over the waterhole as resident animals quench their thirst. Imagine outdoor pools with majestic views over snow-capped Mount Kenya, country-club style bedrooms where staff light your wood-burning fire each evening, and outdoor bush breakfasts with elephants occasionally joining for company. And as the wind blows and the night becomes chillier, spot nocturnal aardvark, white-tailed mongoose and caracal cats at play.
In the central highlands of Africa with peaks of over 5000 metres, Mount Kenya and the Aberdares holidays exist on an extinct volcano and an ancient mountain range believed to be more than 100 million years old. We’ve travelled here and can tell you this is where you’ll get to meet the last two remaining northern white rhino in the world and horse ride through herds of endangered Grevy’s zebra. A destination dedicated to conservancy, you’ll discover an extraordinary legacy of wildlife preservation.
We can take you to plush colonial-style hotels and huge tented rooms where wrap-around verandas, wooden floors and oversized game-viewing windows meet Skye’s monkeys, black rhino and giant lobelia trees. Whether you’re playing golf on a course that cuts across the equator or visiting the rare white zebra, this part of Africa is as unique as it is beautiful. There's a royal connection, too. Queen Elizabeth ascended to the British throne during her stay in the Aberdares, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became engaged in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
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Mount Kenya & The Aberdares holiday highlights
Take a canopy walk in the Ngare Ndare forest, experience the thrill of near-private game drives, horse ride out on the open plains and dine under the stars or along the River Likii. As you ascend the mountain landscape you’ll discover a unique ecosystem where tropical and bamboo forest house eagles, purple-throated cuckooshrike, green-backed heron and lammergeier vultures.
At the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, meet endangered chimpanzees and discover the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa which also looks after the last two northern white rhino in the world. Nearby Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to nearly 200 rhino and remains dedicated to the education and conservation of endangered species. Here you’ll find the Grevys’ Zebra, migratory elephants and resident lions. The conservancy has even built a tunnel so migrating elephants can safely cross the main road.
Where is Mount Kenya and the Aberdares?
Just south of the equator in central Kenya, a 35-minute flight or three-to-four hours by road from Nairobi, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano and Africa’s second highest mountain. Just an hour and a half drive away lays the Aberdares, Kenya’s third largest mountain range. Both are protected by national parks.
Getting around Mount Kenya and the Aberdares
At our Mount Kenya and the Aberdares hotels and camps you’ll travel by 4x4 with experienced guides in overland vehicles. To see even more of the country, join one of our carefully crafted escorted small group safaris or ask us to tailor make your own. Our Cheetah and Leopard Safaris journey through the Aberdares, and the Porini Wilderness Safari takes you from Nairobi to Mount Kenya and on to the Maasai Mara on an independent safari. Our safaris can also be extended or combined with a beach stay.
Food and drink
Experience huge farmhouse-style restaurants with full-length windows designed with spectacular game viewing in mind and in keeping with safari tradition, there are always full English breakfasts. The Fairmont is home to one of Nanyuki’s most renowned restaurants where you can dine with snow-capped Mount Kenya views. Expect a mix of global buffets and authentic cuisine.