N yeri Town, near Aberdare National Park - Mount Kenya Region
Outspan is located in Nyeri town, right in the heart of Kenya's tea and coffee growing highlands. It is an Eden of vibrant gardens and verdant green lawns and the peacocks that roam at will add to the charming ambiance. Traditionally the gateway to Treetops lodge, the Outspan is located in the centre of the busy agricultural town of Nyeri, just a short drive from the Aberdare National Park.
The hotel was built in 1926 and was once home to Lord and Lady Baden Powell, founders of the Scout and Girl Guide movements. Their cottage Paxtu is now a museum that is open to our visitors, and to scouts and guides from all over the world.
Nyeri is 197 km north of Nairobi (a 3 hour 30 minute drive). The hotel stands above a gorge through which flows the Chania River. Set in rolling gardens, it features numerous ancient trees and flowering shrubs.
Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.
The Aberdare National Park
Highlands, moorlands, peaks and falls
Aptly dubbed ‘Scotland with Lions', this atmospheric park showcases the chill, wild and beautiful moorlands of the Aberdare mountain range. An often mist-wreathed realm where elephants roam through lichen-hung forests; spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools, and trout-filled streams cascade through mossy dells, it offers matchless views of the glittering coronet of Mount Kenya and the sparkling lakes of the Great Rift Valley. Believed by the Kikuyu to be one of the homes of Ngai (God), the area became known as the ‘White Highlands' in the 1920's, due to the large numbers of Europeans who settled there. During the 1950's, the dense forests and bamboo thickets were the scene of intense guerrilla warfare between the British and the ‘Mau Mau' freedom fighters of Kenya, while the famous ‘Treetops' Hotel was where the young Princess Elizabeth heard she had become Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Wildlife highlights: colobus monkey, leopard, lion, serval cat, elephant, warthog, black rhino, giant forest hog, reed and bushbuck, buffalo, duiker, suni, eland and the rare bongo antelope. Birds: 250 recorded species.
The Outspan has 42 rooms and 3 cottages. All offer kingsized beds, large bathrooms, fireplaces, internet access points, satellite TV and balconies. The new Chania Wing also offer 8 rooms, which have more modern bathrooms and also offer minibar facilities. The pretty cottages stand in a row overlooking and have their own small gardens.
Dining and bars
The dining room features Chippendale styled furniture, crisp white linen and silver service. There is also a charming lounge, an elegant 'Sherry Bar' and a rather more relaxed 'Kirinyaga Bar'. Breakfast and lunch are served on the wide verandah, which looks out over the grounds and has a view of Mount Kenya.
The hotel welcomes children
Conference and event facilities
The hotel has its own conference facility.
What to see and do
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a snooker room, squash and tennis courts, billards and badminton. In the grounds there is also a replica Kikuyu Village where dance displays are given. Nature walks can also be taken in the gorge of the Chania River. Fishing expeditions can be arranged as can tours of coffee farms or golf at the nearby scenic Nyeri Golf Course.
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