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Aberdare Cottages & Campsite
Nairobi-Thika-Muranga-Kangema Road | Njumbi Road, Gacharageini, Kenya   |  
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ouagadougou
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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Nice and welcoming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Nice, comfortable and clean chalets and tents. Great location for hikes in the surrounding hills. A little bit far from Aberdare National Park, but it is possible to go to the Aberdares and come back to the cottages within the day. Zack and his team are very friendly, welcoming and professional. The food has nothing exceptional but is good. The cottages and tents lack the final touches and attention to details that would give it a cozy and homely feeling, and are a little too close to each other. It would be nicer if they were further apart. But the price is very reasonable, giving the cottages and tents a good value for money. Aberdare cottages and campsite is a good place to stay for visitors who enjoy hiking and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an unpretentious and simple weekend getaway.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went to stay at the Aberdare Cottages for a weekend away from Nairobi. The staff were friendly, rooms were small but comfortable and the setting was lovely. BUT - on both the Friday and Saturday night the restaurant/bar played loud music which reverberated down to the cottages and kept us awake. On the Friday night I had to go to the restaurant at 1:30am and ask for the music to be turned off - which it then was. However after many apologies from the staff, the whole thing was repeated again on the Saturday night, but this time it played until 4:30am....
Since we wanted a weekend of peace and quiet it was very disappointing that the noise at night ruined an otherwise enjoyable weekend away.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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11 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

First, the road to this place from Nairobi is great! So much better than say the road to Naivasha. We made the trip in exactly 3 hours. We went off-season, so we were the only guests at the place. It was kind of ideal!
We stayed in the luxury tent and it was beautifully decorated. Very rustic. It opened on to the river. The staff was very attentive and nice. We did not really leave the place because we were there to relax, but they do have activities.
By the way, they serve tea closer to the river and you walk through the tea plantation. It's really quite romantic!

Room Tip: Luxury tents are definitely better. Off season rates are the same for all kinds of room. I would go...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were a big group with 7-8 families and had the resort exclusively to ourselves. it was truly a wonderful stay and the staff was super friendly and cooperative. the place is beautiful and hiking to the river nearby was the best part of the trip. we loved every minute of our stay and had no complaints at all. the chalets / rooms were basic but very clean and overall it had a very quaint feel to it.

we would love to go back and would highly recommend aberdare cottages to all travelers!

Thank you Zac, John and all the staff who helped made our stay so comfortable and memorable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We had a fantastic stay at Aberdere Cottages and have only just got round to writing a review! They looked after us beautifully and it is a magical spot to stay. Also great place to be based when exploring the national park.

I would definitely ask if they can show you the village school that they support - we had a wonderful afternoon playing with kids in the library!

Room Tip: Any that look directly out over the valley - but I think this is most of them!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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nairobi
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

had a wonderful getaway madaraka holiday weekend....zac and his wife are wonderful hosts and ensure every requirement is met....the service was 5 star....very good for relaxing, fishing and nature trails.....good food all organic homegrown...manager and all the staff very proffesional......the prices very affordable. we will definetely plan to go again.....

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is an absolute gem of a place. Zac Gichane is a wonderful host - extremely knowledgeable, and instantly likeable, and his little lodge has got an unbeatable atmosphere. The food served in the restaurant is what you'd expect from a fancy Mara lodge, at the price of a hostel. The cottages are immaculately clean, tastefully decorated, with even a hot bottle to warm up the bed for those cold highland nights. I'd recommend this inexpensive lodge to anyone looking for accomodation anywhere in the Central highlands.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nairobi-Thika-Muranga-Kangema Road | Njumbi Road, Gacharageini, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Central Province > Gacharageini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Gacharageini
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aberdare Cottages a Romantic Countryside retreat in Muranga County Central Kenya. Located 130kms from the City of Nairobi and 45Km from Nyeri ... more   less 
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