Kimakia Tea Cottages 1 , Aberdare Mountain Range


Entire cottage hosted by Peter

  1. 8 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2 baths
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Set deep in a valley and overlooking the Aberdare Forest Reserve and Chania River, this house is built in pact with nature. The Large Cottage lies on a peaceful and secluded tea farm of 5 acres and has extensive river frontage. A spacious kitchen and 2 bathrooms provide functionality and privacy. Guests will find many spots for exploration along the river. The location is ideal for both relaxation and outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, birding, cultural trips and forest exploration.

The space
Aberdare National Forest Reserve is a vast highland rain forest reserve and connects to Aberdare National Park. The forest boundry is walking distance from the house along the river. Animals like forest elephant, bongo antelope, giant otter, colobus monkey and hundreds of bird species are present in the reserve. Deeper into the forest and closer to the Aberdare National Park you can find buffalo, rhino, leopard, giant bush hog, lions and antelope among others. Trips to the forest can be arranged both on foot and by car. A guide is highly recommended and we can help with contacts. All safety measures is the responsibility of the guests and it is advisable to seek local knowledge of the forest before entering.
A gate manned by the Kenya Forestry Service can be opened for visitors (by prior agreement with the forest rangers) and the C 67 leads over the peaks to Njabini where you can connect to Naivasha. Please note that the Aberdare National Park and the Aberdare National Reserve are two different areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range. The two areas are distinguished by 2 different borders, management, access routes, and conservation classification.
The National Reserve lies as a protected buffer zone around the National Park. It is defined by the long stretched Rhino Ark wildlife fence and has gates manned by Kenya Forest Service. The vast areas covered constitute the lower slopes of the Aberdare Ranges and are mostly covered in Montane Rain Forest, but has the occasional state owned plantations. Here you will find a great deal of wildlife like forest elephant, bongo antelope, giant otters, hyena, various species of monkeys and an incredible bird life among others. The area is open for hiking, birding and fishing and the forest is vast and beautiful, has many rivers and non-accessible valleys and indigenous forest. We help to arrange hikes of different length and level of difficulty. DISCLAIMER: The reserve is a wildlife area and Kimakia Tea Cottages will not accept liability for any injury, death or inconvenience to guests guests entering the reserve. Roads from the reserve close to the cottages (C66 and C67) lead through sections of the reserve but do not extend into the National Park itself. Please arrange entry through the forest gate via the cottage caretaker. There is a small fee payable via MPESA for access to the forest through the Kimakia Forest Station Gate. Details are in the cottage and attached below as well. The cottages are located right next to the National Reserve fence and you can actually walk directly into the dense forest right from the cottages via crossing the river. A gate 1,5 km from the cottages lead via the C67 across the forested reserve and connect to Njambini and further on to Naivasha. A 4x4 is needed. The rainy season can sometimes close this road.
The National Park is located higher up, closer to the peaks of the Aberdare. The closest gate is either Mutubio gate via Engineer, a 2 hour drive from the cottages or - Treetops and other gates accessible via the town of Nyeri. The National Park requires passports and has different rates for tourists, residents and Kenyans. Here you will find buffalo, rhino, leopard and the landscape is more moor like and open. The park is managed by Kenya Wildlife Service and has designated opening hours. Many areas are accessible in car only but has picnic sites. Maps are available at the main gates.
There are several hikes that are possible in the area. You can enter the National Forest Reserve by car from the cottages (2km to the gate) and choose different trails via a guide. Steep trails lead down to Chania River or to Kimakia River and gives a great sense of the eco system. Easier trails are also available around the forest. Please discuss options with John who is our guide. He charges Ksh 1000 for a trip. Please note that a small fee official fee is payable to Kenya Forest Service for entrance via MPESA. Details are found in the cottage.
You can also hike at Elephant Hill, (3630m) which is 1hr 15 mins drive from the cottages. Guides are normally to be found locally in the area, but kindly make your own arrangements for that if you want to go.
Finally you can walk directly from the cottages into the reserve via the river, if you are not afraid to cross several times. There is no particular trail and progress is challenging although beautiful. DISCLAIMER:
The National Forest Reserve is a designated wildlife reserve and area. Forest Elephant and other large wildlife is present in the area and Kimakia Tea Cottages does not accept responsibility for injury, death or loss of property on behalf of guest’s movement in the reserve. Guests must accept full responsibility for their actions and movement in the area.
There are several options for trout fishing in the area. Kindly note that a fishing licence from Muranga County is needed. You can fish Chania River directly at the farm, downstream from the cottages or choose beats inside the forest. Kimakia River on the other side of the ridge is smaller and normally a bit clearer and can also be accessed inside the forest and from the farms downstream from the forest boundary. If you want to fish, kindly contact the host Peter Martinsen 0714224050 for more and detailed information about beats, fly fishing, best time to go, guides and more.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Fully fenced
Indoor fireplace
Long term stays allowed
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Where you’ll be

Kiarutara, Kenya

Sloped tea farms and river valley. Forest.
Guests will have access to 5 acres of mainly tea farm. Some areas are easily accessible and other parts bushy or steep. All of the farm is located by Chania River and has full river frontage all the way around. The farm is shared with another, smaller cottage but privacy is built into the overall design and in the architectural layout. Parking is available for more than 1 vehicle. A small garden connects to the cottage and an outside fireplace and barbecue area is available.

Hosted by Peter

  1. Joined in January 2018
  • 94 Reviews
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A nature and conservation enthusiast with music in my soul. I mostly spend my time at the cottages flyfishing and exploring the vast forest, if not working on the many duties that managing a farm comes with. If I am around, I like to chat with our visitors, give advise or listen to visitors experiences and suggestions for stays at the farm.
A nature and conservation enthusiast with music in my soul. I mostly spend my time at the cottages flyfishing and exploring the vast forest, if not working on the many duties that…

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House rules

Check-in: After 12:00 PM
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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