Kenya Forest Service (KFS) manages the 213,082-hectare Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve that bestrides the equator in the central highland zones of Kenya. Administratively, this includes forest areas surrounding the mountain itself and adjacent forest blocks of Lower Imenti, Upper Imenti, Thunguru hill, Njuki-ini East, Njukiini West and Kierera.
The forest reserve has great potential for tourism development. In addition to having a recorded 880 plant species, the lush natural forests teem with wildlife including the African elephant, leopard, buffalo, giant forest hog, bongo and the black fronted duiker. There are also numerous attractive features including panoramic views of the peak of Mt. Kenya, waterfalls, caves and salt licks. Tourism activities here include wildlife safaris, bird watching, trout fishing and nature walks.
Mt. Kenya has earned global conservation recognition including being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an Important Bird Area (IBA).
Existing tourist accommodation facilities in Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve
1. Castle Forest Lodge
2. Hombe Forest Guesthouse (A KFS-managed facility)
3. Mountain Rock Hotel (Bantu Lodge)
4. Rutundu Log Cabins
5. Serena Mountain Lodge
6. Thego Fishing Camp
7. Themwe Campsite
8. Thiba Fishing Camp
9. Timau River Lodge
Upcoming tourist accommodation facilities in Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve
1. Gitoro Forest Camp in Meru Forest Station
2. Nanyuki Forest Camp in Nanyuki Forest Station
3. Naro Moru Forest Lodge in Naro Moru Forest
4. Ragati Fishing Camp in Ragati Forest Station
5. Thegu Forest Lodge in Kabaru Forest Station
6. Themwe Lodge in Ruthumbi Forest Station
7. Tungu/Nithi Eco-lodge in Chuka Forest Station
Castle Forest Lodge in Castle Forest Station, Kirinyaga County.
mt kenya peaks from edge of mt kenya forest reserve.
Thiba fishing camp, kerugoya.
Timau River Lodge.
Hombe guest house after KFS refurbishment.
For more information contact:
Kenya Forest Service
Karura, Off Kiambu Road
P.O. Box 30513 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 20 2020285
Fax: +254 20 2385374