A few weeks back, we got a chance to kick off our heels and catch up with nature at a charming cabin at the slopes of Mt.Kenya.This is definitely the perfect place to get away from the city for just a day or two and enjoy the forest and tranquility that comes with it.
Drive on the A2 for approximately 96 km to Sagana and branch on your right to Kagio-Kutus road on the c73. Drive for another 20km upto Kutus Post Office and branch on the next left towards Kutus-Kabare Road. Drive for 4km and branch on the left at Rukenya Shopping Centre, head on for the next 20km and get to the Lodge.
Castle Forest Lodge is a little gem located at the slopes of Mt.Kenya.We arrived late in the afternoon and were welcomed by Anthony the manager who escorted us to our cabin. Our charming,snug and eccentric two-bedroom cabin offered phenomenal panoramic views of the rain forest. It was right on the edge, and one can experience an awe inspiring sight of the rain forest that is home to elephants, hyenas and a variety of other wildlife.
The decor of the cabin was a great blend of tribal and African with pops of color that made it all so awesome and right up our alley; especially when it came to the most comfy hammock outside our cabin.The timber cabin features a large living area with a fireplace that is lit at night to keep the visitors warm, a large washroom, two bedrooms that are bright and airy with windows overlooking the scenic lodge.
The lodge has other timber cabins that are smaller but really cosy and rooms up the restaurant where it’s rumored the current queen visited 🙂
This beautiful spacious self catering cabin sleeps 4 in one double bedroom and a loft with a double bed. There is plenty of space to put extra beds or mattresses. It has a fully equipped kitchen with a gas oven and a fridge, a large living room with a fireplace and a verandah with magnificent views of Mt.Kenya.
The Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant was quite affordable, with a daily changing menu and snacks that were available throughout the day. It was quite phenomenal to enjoy the scenic view of the forest from the restaurant upper deck.
On our second day we had a classic English breakfast up the restaurant verandah; toasted bread, Spanish omelette, bacon, tea/coffee and juice. It was a very relaxed affair and afterwards we got to enjoy the castle’s nature trail.
Fun things to do
The lodge is also home to friendly horses and dogs who made our stay at the lodge slightly more homely. They had a swimming pool which we doubt is ever used blame it on the chilly weather.
For all the nature lovers, the lodge has a tonne of activities from nature walks to the castle’s waterfalls, fishing, horse riding and trekking up the bamboo forest.