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March 10, 2021

Castle Forest Lodge

Castle Forest Lodge is located in Kirinyaga, deep in the thick forest on the slopes to the south of Mount Kenya. It is set in a natural surrounding rainforest, fresh water rivers with falls, a fabulous view of the valley on one side of the lodge, and the impressive peaks of Mount Kenya on the other.

The main house was built in 1910 with river stones and wood from the surrounding forest and rivers. It is told that both Queen Elizabeth and President Jomo Kenyatta visited Castle Forest Lodge when they were students. In 2000, Castle Forest Lodge was renovated to accommodate slightly over thirty guests.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at set hours in the main house with a daily changing menu. Snacks are available throughout the day and so are drinks from the well-stocked bar. There is a charming little living room with a crackling fireplace, perfect for the rainy days.

The other accommodations include 8 Cottages which are round huts for one or two people with a double or two single beds. Each hut with its individual theme, a private en-suite shower, toilet and a fire place. There are also 3 Bungalows with 2 bedrooms each, a living room with fire place, a veranda overlooking the fields, the forest and the valley in the distance. Each bungalow has a shower and toilet. There are two standard Bungalows, which are in the original style. And one “Luxury” Bungalow recently renovated which is a more spacious and has a hammock. There are two beautiful freestanding chalets available. Each with ample space, a fully equipped kitchen, a large living room and a splendid view of Mount Kenya. One sleeps 4 with a lot of space to put extra beds or mattresses while the other is a spacious cabin with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There are three rooms in the Main House, one double and two twins and finally there is a separate field offers ample camping space, clean toilets and hot showers and a large hall with tables and chairs to sit around in case it rains. Firewood is provided at a cost.

There’s so much to offer and do at the Castle Forest Lodge including nature walks, bird watching, swimming, trout fishing and horseback riding.


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