Castle Forest Lodge: A Secret Alpine Escape

Castle Forest Lodge is located deep in the thick forest on the slopes to the south of Mount Kenya. It is set in a natural surrounding of the rainforest, freshwater 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.

While here, the alpine air has an ethereal quality, things are clearer, brighter and more magical on the mountain. The main house serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at set hours with a daily changing menu. Snacks are available throughout the day and so are drinks from their bar.


The sun shimmers off the snow on the nearby peak of Mt Kenya as horse and buck graze on emerald grass.


At Castle Forest Lodge, you can choose to stay at a cottage, a bungalow, budget rooms, a chalet or even camp outside.


There are 3 Bungalows with 2 bedrooms each, a living room with a fireplace, a Verandah 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.


The lodge has a total of 8 Cottages to complete the forest and alpine feel and touch. Each cottage has its individual theme, a private en-suite shower and toilet and a fireplace.



There are two stand-alone chalets available here; Chalet Montane and Chalet Telluride. They have got plenty of space, a kitchen which is fully equipped and  a large living room and a splendid view of Mount Kenya



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.

What To Do Here

  • Bird watching

There are more than 175 species of birds which live in this area so a bird-watching session with an experienced guide and have a look at the many species available here.

  • Horseback riding

If you love horse riding, then you surely will have here. There are three horses at your disposal and a guide to accompany you if you are an amateur or if you need one for your own security reasons while going for a trail in the forest.

  • Nature walks

You can hike around the lodge, towards Mt Kenya and many other places around the lodge with a guide.

  • Take a Dip

When the weather gets hot, there is a swimming pool here for you to cool off. Be sure to take a dip here before you leave. Alternatively, you can cool-down under one of the waterfalls in the nearby rive.


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