To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live ~ Tenzing Norgay
Hello beautiful people! 😀 Each time I think of Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, the word ‘experience’ comes to mind… It is not ‘just a hotel’, but an experience waiting to be had at every turn! 🙂
About a month or so ago, I got to be part of the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club Blogger’s Experience. For 2 days we got to stay at, and sample various aspects of the hotel.
Being that Nanyuki is one of my favorite parts of Kenya, I was thrilled to partake this adventure.
I can still remember the enthusiasm as we departed from the Fairmont Norfolk, in Nairobi.
Our Bloggers and Influencers’ team comprised some of the most upbeat people you will ever come across: Neomi Nganga (Team Curvy Kenya), Marion Vionna (Curly Cheeks), Wanjira Longauer (Sports Central/Capital Fm), and Eric Vateta (Kenyan Story).
It did not take long to feel like I was among friends with these amazing souls. 🙂
Exploring Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Although our arrival at Fairmont Mount Kenya was quite late, I could still tell that something special lay ahead…
After checking in, we walked right into dinner. I was starving, so I ordered soup for my starter, a rarity for me… And I must say, it was probably the best decision I made on the entire trip! 😀 That soup was divine. 🙂
We retired soon after dinner, because we were wiped out, plus we had an early start the day after.
The next morning, as we walked out of our rooms, the beauty of Fairmont struck me like lightning on a hot summer day!
Well-situated in Nanyuki, the hotel sits on a 100acre farm, offering some of the best views of Mount Kenya. The entire property is utterly gorgeous!
Neomi and I were treated to a dance by a confident peacock, showing off its beautiful feathers..
I wanted to freeze that moment, bathed in the sweet, fresh, country air… Unfortunately, there was no time to stop; our Slopes’ breakfast awaited us! 🙂
Champagne Breakfast On The Slopes Of Mount Kenya
Initially, I had no idea what to expect… Even so, the idea of breakfast on the slopes of Mount Kenya sounded intriguing!
We drove through a forest to the slopes, where we discovered a lovely breakfast display, waiting for us. And with a clear view of Mount Kenya, everything felt perfect.
Our chef and servers for the morning were both graceful and kind… As we were taken through what felt like a 4-course breakfast, my mind felt at ease & relaxed… There were plenty of jokes going round the table, the mood happy and lively. 🙂
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ERIC VATETA
The sun came up in all its glory, giving us a good dose of Vitamin D. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club General Manager, Nils Axing, gave us a nice surprise, when he came over to say hello. 😀
The Champagne breakfast on the Slopes is undoubtedly a must try! If you love dining under the open sky and being out in nature, you would love this! 🙂
Game Drive & Visit to the Animal Orphanage
Soon after breakfast, we went off on a Game Drive, in the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and later on, an Animal Orphanage tour.
Most people tend to associate Kenyan Wildlife with the Masai Mara. But as it turns out, our country is very well-endowed! You can experience scenic views of Mount Kenya, a relatively cool climate and Wildlife all at once! Sounds like a plan, yes? 😀
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy is unique particularly for their Bongo rehabilitation efforts. The Bongo is an endangered antelope species in Kenya.
Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy provides a protective environment to breed and rehabilitate the Bongo, in preparation for release into the wild. These efforts have seen their numbers growing, over the years.
My highlight of the Animal Orphanage tour, was seeing the llama! I have only seen it on TV before, plus it is not found anywhere else in Africa. I loved how calm the llama was, letting us get up close, without a fuss. 🙂
A Quick Game of Golf
One of the most memorable moments was watching Neomi Nganga learn how to golf. 😀 Her exuberant personality draws people to her, and you will find yourself almost always laughing! 😀
That was the kind of mood on the golf course as she became acquainted with the golf club. She talked to the golf ball, made it listen to her, and when she hit the ball, best believe it was a happy affair. 😀
The golf course adds to the charm of Fairmont Mount Kenya, with its endless stretch of manicured lawns and gardens….
I like that you can learn the essential rules of golf, and don’t have to be a pro to try… It sure beats sitting in a hotel room all day, right? You can make new friends while at it, or have a bonding session with your family. 🙂
A Fun Fishing Attempt!
I have always wanted to try fishing, although I think I am too impatient for it. Neomi and I got the brilliant idea to go fishing one evening.
By the time we got to the pond, I had managed to tangle my fishing line, making quite a mess of it! Needless to say we did not do much fishing, but we sure tried! Instead, we ended up feeding the fish…and the little guys seemed pretty happy about it! 😀
Moreover, it made for a nice sun-downer activity after a full day of being up & about.
Family Fun-Something For Everyone!
They have a children’s playground, that is well- fenced in. This is perfect for parents who want some quiet time.
You can leave your kids there having fun, and spend a day swimming , playing darts, walking through the Maze for adventure or just simply relaxing in the outdoors.
The truth is, girls just want to have fun… and have fun we did!
‘Who is the bride?’ That’s the question our fellow guests could not resist asking, as we took a stroll with the horses. This gave us quite a good laugh. 😀
And since my dress could not let me mount a horse, we had bonding sessions instead. 🙂
Fairmont Mt. Kenya has a beautiful terrain for horse-riding, and I would have loved to go for a ride through the forest… It is yet another delightful way to experience the hotel. This would make for a good couples’ or family bonding activity.
Surprise Goodbye Dinner!
Just as our trip had started in style with a Champagne breakfast on the slopes, so it also ended in style…
On our last night, we were treated to a wonderful dinner, in the garden.
Their Executive Chef, Chef Picco held nothing back on this one… Although it was insanely cold out, that did not stop us from enjoying the exquisite dinner they’d graciously prepared… 🙂
I can’t help but mention that each dining experience felt noteworthy. Our very last meal was the Sunday Brunch, that had everything from Pasta, to pancakes & nyama choma.
By the end of our trip, I was certain I had gained some weight! But it was well-worth it. 🙂
Many thanks to Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club,for showing us an unforgettable experience.
Thank you for reading my dear friends. 🙂 I hope that you are inspired to turn one of your weekends, or holidays into a ‘Fairmont Mount Kenya experience.’
Did you enjoy the post? I love hearing back from you, be sure to leave a comment, question or any feedback in the Comments’ section below.
<Sending You Love & Light. Stay Inspired Always.>
KaraguJune 5, 2021 at 11:14 am
This must be nice.
Scrapbook JourneysJune 8, 2021 at 3:58 pm
It is all the way nice! 😀
JuliahAugust 1, 2017 at 12:58 am
Such a lovely place. I don’t know why I haven’t been to Fairmont…have always planned on going . Reading this made me want to go even more. Beautiful piece, Marion!
Scrapbook JourneysAugust 3, 2017 at 9:50 am
Oh Yes, Juliah perfect time for you to visit…I can attest to what a beautiful place it is! 😀 Thank you for reading, and I look forward to hearing your feedback and about your experience! 🙂 🙂
Duncan NgugiJanuary 7, 2020 at 9:47 pm
Amazing!!can’t wait to visit fairmont mount kenya
Kindly send me charges for 2
Everything inclusive of accommodation, food& activities
Scrapbook JourneysJanuary 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Hi Duncan! Glad you enjoyed the read and are looking forward to visit. I will send you an email by COB tomorrow, cheers!
Duncan NgugiJanuary 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Amazing!!can’t wait to visit fairmont mount kenya
Kindly send me charges for 2
Everything inclusive of accommodation, food& activities.
PatriciaJuly 28, 2017 at 9:12 am
Lovely place to be nice read right there and the photos on point
Scrapbook JourneysAugust 3, 2017 at 9:47 am
Thank you Pat for reading!:) I appreciate it! And, yes Fairmont was indeed lovely! Credits to Eric V. on the amazing photography! 😀
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ERicJuly 26, 2017 at 11:41 am
Amazing! I was really looking forward to this one I must admit. You did not disappoint.
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Hehe, yes it has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Thank you for your patience! I appreciate the read, I am glad it did not disappoint…:) 😀
IreneJuly 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm
Loved the read especially the outdoor breakfast and the “Brides” Horse walk. You guys do look lovely I must day!
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm
Hi Irene! I know this is the kind of place and getaway you would enjoy! Thanks for reading! 🙂 😀
daveJuly 25, 2017 at 11:40 am
Wow! Fairmont is such a beautiful and fun place.
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm
Hi Dave! 😀 Yes, it’s a beautiful place worth a visit sometime.. 🙂
Stom al-MadusiJuly 25, 2017 at 11:05 am
I want to be here
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm
Hehe, Stom I like your way of reasoning…totally works for me too! Thank you for reading! 😀
VivianJuly 23, 2017 at 9:33 pm
That’s so lovely it made me want to read more and more. It’s like it ended at the peak. What are the charges like and bookings? The pictures show it all! You had FUN
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm
Hahaha Vivian you made me go back and read it, to check whether I left it off at the peak..:D Wow, thank you for reading! 😀 I will send you the details of the charging and bookings. 🙂 🙂
MarleyJuly 23, 2017 at 10:17 am
Love the read and especially the photos
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Hi Marley! Many thanks for reading! 😀 I agree, all credits to Eric Vateta, he really came through! Thank you Eric! 😀
CharityJuly 23, 2017 at 7:22 am
I’d definately want to go there someday . Nice read as well. Pics on fleek.
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm
Hey Charity, I look forward to hearing about your experience when you do! 🙂 Thank you for reading dear, super appreciated! 😀
ArinaJuly 22, 2017 at 1:08 am
Wow! Amazing stuff! Well done.
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm
Hi Arina, I appreciate the read and feedback-thank you! 😀 😀
kymmieeJuly 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm
Marion such a beautiful & well written Post… I lowkey felt part of the group. Ha!
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm
Haha, Hi Kymmiee! Yaay, I am glad you felt like part of the group-mission accomplished! 😀 Thank you for reading dear! 😀
Gloria AlosaJuly 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm
Wow! Everything looks so lovely!
I loved Fairmont Mt. Kenya! We had our 12th anniversary there and it was such an experience for us.
Scenic, serene, space-age design/setting….
Everything about the Club was just superb
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm
Hi Gloria, niice! Now that sounds like a memorable experience! Yes, it really is an great place to experience with loved ones! 😀 Thank you for reading and for the feedback! I hope you go back many times! 😀
Stella NguuJuly 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Nice read. Must be a very lovely place. The experience sounds great.
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm
Thank you Stella! I appreciate the read! 🙂 😀
MithaJuly 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm
Wow. . This looks like fun. . Something I’d definitely want to experience. Awesome write up. 🙂
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:54 pm
Thank you for reading, yes we sure had fun! Hope you plan to visit sometime soon. 🙂 😉
RickyJuly 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm
Thank you for reading Ricky. 🙂