There are so many things to do here, but the lovely animal orphanage, operated by the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, is a unique and thrilling feature of the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club that is not to be missed. Here wildlife foundlings are raised with great care, and many are quite tame—we have the opportunity to feed them by hand, pet them, and even hold some of them. It is an opportunity to get up close and personal with some wild creatures that, despite a struggle, have survived and thrived with help from the Club.
Late actor William Holden founded Mount Kenya Safari Club over fifty years ago, and over the last half decade this has been a playground for luminaries from the worlds of politics, film and theatre. It’s easy to see why this spot was chosen for such glamorous getaways. This is not merely the site of the continent’s second tallest mountain but it’s also a temperate escape in dazzling surroundings. Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten were members who enjoyed sojourns at the Club, as did film legends Clark Gable and John Wayne.
A glance at the black and white photographs on the lounge walls is enough to imagine the intriguing conversations that must have taken place here when Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbattan were regular visitors, smoking cigars and talking politics under the watchful eyes of the mounted lion, buffalo and zebra heads in the Trophy Room.
In addition to a rich and storied history, our rooms at the Club have been wonderfully renovated since the purchase of the property by Fairmont, and they delight with woodburning fireplaces, private verandas, and plush furniture. Here we find all the comforts of a true home away from home: hairdryers, minibars, oversized rainshowers and the like.
Mount Kenya Safari Club is happy to host children of all ages. Baby-sitting services and in-room cribs are also available upon request.
The lodge hosts myriad activities and events on the grounds: try your hand at tennis on a court that straddles the equator, take to the links on the Club’s 9-holer, get pleasantly lost in the garden maze (don’t worry, when you enter the maze you’ll be given a white flag to wave if you’re really lost), indulge in an excellent high tea on the pool deck, or be pampered in the beauty salon.
Rugged adventurers may prefer to bring a rod and reel to the river to cast for Brown and Rainbow trout, or take one of the Club’s horses out to explore the unique wildlife—including tree hyrax, bushbucks, elands, elephants and even the occasional bongo—around the forest reserve. Return to the Club to relax and simply enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain’s peaks over a traditional afternoon tea or cocktails from the poolside patio.