Rutundu log cabins are set off the beaten track on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya in an area of pure wilderness and breathtaking beauty. These cosy cabins are the perfect destination for an adventurous rough-luxe getaway. Enjoy hiking in the incredibly fresh mountain air or try your hand at trout fishing in the well stocked nearby Lake Rutundu, or at Lake Alice an hours hike away. You can bring your catch back to cook and enjoy the tranquility of this exclusive and remote destination. From your balcony you have an incredible view of the open tundra with some unique local flora and fauna. Bigger game like buffalo, leopard and zebra can also be seen.
Rutundu has two log cabins each with open log fires and en-suite bathrooms. The main cabin has a sitting and dining room, a verandah (which is perfect for breakfasts), a kitchen and an en-suite bathroom. The other cabin is detached from the main building and has a bedroom and bathroom. All bedding, towels, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided. Rutundu accommodates four people comfortably, and has another four beds available if guests are willing to share rooms. The cabins have been built along the principles of the Alaskan log cabin using large cedar logs found in the forests around the mountain. Moss fills the cracks between the logs to keep the cabins warm and cosy.
Rutundu is hired out on a self-catering basis. You are required to bring all of your own food and drinks. There is someone to help in the kitchen, and to make breakfast, but he is not a cook. We advise bringing pre-prepared food such as stews and casseroles. There is also a barbeque for daytime. Catering is available on request, for a supplement charge per person (please see rates below). Good drinking water is available, but please take up tea/coffee, juices and any alcoholic drinks.
Lake Rutundu and Lake Alice, a two-hour walk further up the mountain, are stocked with rainbow trout and provide excellent opportunities for fishing. The average catch is 2-3lbs with larger fish reaching up to 6lbs. A boat/punt is provided and there are three casting platforms. Previous fly-fishing experience is not necessary. Next to Lake Rutundu is the Kizita River Gorge, a crystal clear river with small brown trout to catch.
The area surrounding Rutundu is perfect for those who love nature and hiking. There are some fantastic trails to follow. There is a beautiful walk around Lake Alice through giant groundsel and heather forests. In contrast to this moorland terrain, the Cedar and Podo forest, half an hour’s drive below Rutundu, is full of lovely walks and beautiful spots to have a picnic.
Rutundu’s unique location allows for ample opportunities for birdwatchers, and most mornings scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds (Nectarinia Johnstoni) are seen from the breakfast table.
There is an option of riding to Rutundu from the neighbouring Kisima Farm, across the moorland and all the way up to Rutundu. Overnight stays are advisable for this trip. The horses are well-schooled polo ponies and you need to be an experienced rider.
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