There is coffee shop with a view to a small lake that was once a mining quarry and now hosts a fair number of common birds. The holes drilled for the dynamite still survive. Sitting amidst the Crowned Cranes that are commonly seen on the lake, you can enjoy a variety of food and drinks. We offer a range of buffet meals for groups. All our food is fresh from the garden and organic.
To prepare you for your camping experience there is an outdoor equipment shop catering for all your needs. Tents, sleeping bags, and mats are available for hire and you can also purchase a myriad of high quality outdoor gear at reasonable prices.
Using the campsite as a base, we offer a range of activities that you can engage in:
1. Hiking into the Aberdare Forest
3.Happy Valley Tour
4.Climb Oldonyo Lasatima
5.Visit the Aberdare National Park
Leave Nairobi at 8am to Arrive at Outdoor Africa. Have tea and then proceed to the Aberdare Forest. Go Trout fishing in the abundant streams. Fly fishing is the way to go, as there are lots of rainbow trout in the nearby streams.
For the birdwatchers there are a host of endemic birds found here including Sharpe's Long Claw and the Aberdare Cisticola. The Aberdare Forest is mixed with plantation and indigenous forest in which Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Servals, Jackals, Hyena, and Colobus Monkeys are commonly found.
Experience what it is like to walk in the Abderdares. We even arrange a packed lunch and an experianced guide to accompany you.
After breakfast,climb Kipipiri. Kipipiri is an isolated cone outside the Aberdare National Park within the Wanjohi Valley. It is part of the forest so you can go into it without incurring park fees. The proposed elephant corridor between the Aberdares and Kipipiri runs right through this area.
The hike starts from the Geta Forest Station and follows a long established firebreak road that skirts the whole of Kipipiri in a complete circle. In the beginning a plantation forest that comprises mostly of Cypress trees.
Here we usually sight an abundance of Colobus and Sykes monkeys. There are also signs of big game such as Elephants and Buffalo. There is a lot of birdlife with good chances of seeing Turacos, Thrushes and many more beautiful birds.
From here you have a good view of Table Mountain on the Northern Aberdare's, The Elephant, The Kinangop Plateau, Lake Naivasha and Mt. Longonot. The path goes up through indigenous forest and bamboo before it snakes its way to the 2nd highest peak on Kipipiri. Following along you get to the top, which is 3349 meters. The hike takes about 4 hours all the way up and 2 hours down
Visit the Kinangop Plateau on The Happy Valley Tour and circumnavigate around Kipipiri visiting the houses of Happy Valley Residents.The Guide will lead you into the lives of these eccentric people. Notably the houses of Alice De Janze, which is now a local school: Happy Valley School.
You will also see Patricia Bowle's house that now belongs to the Catholic Church. As you drive along the Aberdare Forest and into the Elephant corridor to Kipipiri, you will enjoy superb views all around.
The tour skirts around Kipipiri to end at Clouds where the Murder of Lord Errol is discussed over a drink in the dining hall after a visit to Idina's infamous bathroom. The tour guide will lead you into all the current conspiracy theories on who killed Lord Errol, the history of the Delamare family and the involvement of the 3rd Baron in Happy Valley.
The Guide will also talk about other historical facts and stories on Karen Blixen's meetings in Happy Valley, the Muthaiga Club and history of the English in Kenya as well as what is currently happening in and around the Kinangop Plateau.
After throwing a feather in a sheet the tour then proceeds back to Outdoor Africa for a sumptuous three-course lunch and some time to hang around the lake and river.
Out from the gate at Outdoor Africa you will drive up into the Aberdares National Park via Mutubio West Gate. 4-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended especially in the wet season. Driving into the moorlands, stunning views of Mount Kenya are seen as you visit Karura and Gura Falls.
You will then take the Lasatima road to the Honi River until you reach the road head. A short 3-4 hour hike will take you to the top of the Aberdares. This trip is for the adventurous. Come well prepared as the weather can change on a mountain as big as the Aberdares.
Entering via Mutubio West Gate, you can visit the Salient, Karura falls, Gura falls, Queen′ s cave, and Dedan Kimathi's Hideout. Look around for Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard, Hyena, and the elusive Bongo.
You can even drive out via Nyeri to head to Mount Kenya or head back to Nairobi. Or you can come back to Outdoor Africa for a hot shower and a home cooked meal.