Cabins & Facilities
Rutundu has two log cabins, each rustic but comfortable and with open log fires which keep them snug and warm during the cold mountain nights. The main cabin has a sitting and dining room, verandah, kitchen and a large bedroom with a double bed, bunk bed and en-suite bathroom. The smaller cabin is detached from the main building and has a large bedroom with a double bed and two single beds, and an en-suite bathroom.
Rutundu sleeps four people comfortably but larger groups can be accommodated if guests are willing to share rooms. The cabins have been built along the lines of an Alaskan log cabin, using large cedar logs found in the forests around the mountain. Moss fills the cracks between the logs.
Rutundu is taken on a self-catering basis, so guests are required to bring all food, drinks and firewood and to take away all rubbish at the end. There is a gas oven and hob and an ‘outdoor’ fridge, but no deep freeze. It is advisable to bring bread and pre-prepared dishes (that just need to be heated up) as the oven is slow due to the altitude. Very good food is available from Barney’s Restaurant at Nanyuki airstrip (+254 (0)722 526187) or Cape Chestnut Restaurant / Cape Chestnut Cafe at One Stop (+254 (0)722 768068) in Nanyuki but should be ordered in advance. The tap water at Rutundu comes from a spring and is suitable for drinking. All bedding, towels, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided. Our fabulous team of staff will help with cleaning and cooking, as well as being experienced fishing and hiking guides.
There is no electricity – all lighting is from solar lamps. A radio is available for communication with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. There is no phone signal in the cabins although there is a spot about 25 minutes walk away from where Safaricom signal is good.