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Aberdare Cottages Dream
Amman, Jordan
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34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Relaxation 101”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ki2140
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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nairobi
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 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 bubbles
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2012

Hello travelers.
am so happy to share with you my experience away from my normal life in Nairobi which is usually ful of Noise and traffic jam.A friend of mine informed me on Aberdage cottages and campsite in Murang'a,with a will to refresh the December partying and vacation we set off on a Friday noon to the lodge.
the drive was fine and it took us 3hrs to there,on our way we enjoyed mangoes and banana's which are in season at a place called Maragua.we then drove straight to the lodge thanks to our guide.
We were met by staffs like David who was our house keeper and enjoyed dinner at the fireplace,the place has cool atmosphere although its cold at night ,please don't make the mistake of ignoring the air heater since we had ourselves to blame,on Saturday we went for a walk in Aberdare forest.on Sunday before we left we did fishing and we caught enough to last us a month.
If you are looking for a place consider going there and please don't forget your swimming costume since we never swam because we didn't have them.

Room Tip: you can go for the cottages or for camping tents
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank RoseM90
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

Stayed there for a night in April 2009 over Easter with agroup of friends, the camping experience was wonderful. Mattresses were thick and the lodge provided some extra and really warm blankets (very handy in central Kenya ta that time of the year) at no extra cost. Food was great, (it was organic food from their own farm) and we then went to the nearby Mathioya River for an excursion.

Went back last weekend (March 2011) and the place is simply awesome. From an intial 4 cottages, the Gichane brothers have put up more chalets plus a couple of ensuite tented camps - all made, unbelievably, from local material. There is an amusement park under construction and the dining area is being refurbished and expanded. The bar, replete with a fire place, is unadultered and offers a vintage view of the entire campsite.

The only problem is that the road leading to the cottages is a bit steep and travelers may experience some degree of difficult if using a small vehicle but overall not such a big problem as the condition of the roads is okay.

Zach, Joseph and Ciku were awesome and kept checking on us to ensure that we were comfortable and well catered for.

Would not mind going back there again, and this time I will sure take sometime out to go and do some fly fishing at the Mathioya!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Aberdare Cottages Dream
Address: Njumbi-Mioro Road Murang'a, Gacharageini 10210, 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 Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Gacharageini
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aberdare Cottages - a romantic countryside retreat in Muranga County, central Kenya. Located 130 kms from the city of Nairobi and 45 km from Nyeri. ... more   less 
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