Escape the World
We all dream of escaping the world from time-to-time. Somewhere with no Wi-Fi, no mobile network, no people, no vehicles…just you and the people you travelled with. Whenever we think of these destinations ours minds are taken to a country far away, or deserted island and yet, as Kenyan’s we don’t have to look much further than our own backyard… Kenya.
Mount Kenya may not be that tropical escape we dream of, though at certain times of the year the mountain sun is relentless. As soon as you get up, into and above the Moorlands on any side of the mountain, you’ll struggle to find another person until your descend back down to reality.
Tucked away, above Lake Rutundu lies the gem that is Rutundu Log Cabins. You turn off the Nanyuki-Isiolo ‘highway’ just after the Timau Farm Shop, and that is where the adventure begins. Lots of places off the beaten track in Kenya, often say, “you will require a 4×4 vehicle”, but Rutundu is one of the only places in Kenya that this holds 100% truth! You won’t get there without a decent 4×4 with good ground clearance. The dirt tracks climb through the Kisima Farm lands and up into the alpine forest, and after that, the only other people you’ll see (other than those you are with) are the three staff based at the Rutundu Cabins.
The scenery becomes more breathtaking as the track climbs and winds its way up the mountain until you can no longer continue your journey by car and have to hike the very last bit. Your luggage traverses the last gorge in a bucket on a pulley system, while you hike down and up the gorge from the car park. Be sure to pack light as you will have to help carry your gear from the edge of the gorge to the cabin, which sounds easy, but at approximately 10,200 feet above sea level such activities will leave you breathless.
The two log cabins are made entirely of wood, will mountain moss used as filler to keep the cold out. The evenings and ever-changing mountain weather can be chilly, so come prepared with your winter gear, though the cabins are nice and cozy in the evenings with a fire going throughout the night. A team of three, very well experienced staff are on hand to assist with your cooking and ensure the cabins are clean and tidy at all times.
Most people go to Rutundu for the pristine Fly-fishing for trout in Lake Rutundu and Lake Alice, a short but very challenging 2-hour hike further up the mountain from Lake Rutundu. If you are not a keen angler Rutundu is also perfect for simply relaxing with a book and some music around the cabins or down by Lake Rutundu (just a short walk down from the cabins). For the more adventurous souls, there is plenty of hiking and walking to do around the cabins whether you want to exert yourself or simply stroll, but don’t forget about the altitude and thin air making slight physical activity a lot harder than it may seem. Be sure to take one of the staff with you as a guide to show you various paths and lead you safely back to the cabins should mountain weather change and roll in unexpectedly, as it can do in the blink of an eye.
Descending back down the mountain really feels like descending back down into reality, especially if you can spend more than 2 nights up at Rutundu, but it leaves you with the euphoria of having visited a magical place that many speak of and very few actually know the charm of. You’ll want to go back time and time again and you’ll want to explore the other sides of Mount Kenya, which can be a lot more inaccessible and therefore a lot more remote.
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