Rutundu log cabins is set off the beaten track on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya in an area of pure wilderness and breathtaking beauty. These simple but welcoming cabins, located on the edge of Lake Rutundu, are the perfect place to escape from the fast pace of modern life, unwind and experience nature at close range. Enjoy walking in the incredibly fresh mountain air or try your hand at trout fishing on Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Bring your catch back to cook and enjoy from the veranda of the main cabin, with incredible views across the magical high altitude heathland. Rutundu is perfect for fishermen, walkers, families, adventurers and those simple wanting to experience the tranquility of the mountain. Rutundu is also undeniably romantic for those on honeymoon.
Part of the mountain’s fascination is the variation in flora and fauna as the altitude changes. The lower slopes are covered with dry upland forest; the true montane forest begins at 2,000m and is mainly cedar and podo. At 2,500m, a dense belt of bamboo forest begins, which merges into the upper forest of smaller trees, interspersed with glades. In this area the trees are festooned with high altitude moss. These forest belts are host to many different animals and plants with at least 11 unique species. The high altitude health at the top (3,000-3,500m) is generally open and dotted with shrubs; African sage, protea and helicrysum, giant loberia and giant erica (heather).
Mammals: black and white colobus, Sykes’ monkeys, bushbuck, buffalo and elephant. Lower on the mountain you find olive baboon, waterbuck, black rhino, black fronted duiker, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, eland, hyrax, bush pig and hyena. More elusive and incredibly rare to view is the bongo, a forest antelope. A number of other rare or endangered species can be found here: sunni, Mt Kenya mole shrew, skinks (lizards) and a variety of owls. Occasional sightings have been recorded of albino zebra.