Outspan hotel

The Outspan Hotel is in Nyeri, Kenya. It was built up from an old farm by Eric Sherbrooke Walker in the 1920s. Famous visitors include Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell from 1938 until Baden-Powell's death in 1941. Jim Corbett also lived there.

The hotel is linked with the Treetops Hotel, approximately 15 kilometres away in the Aberdare National Park, and with the Shimba Lodge in the Shimba Hills National Reserve.


The Rooms

Total of 44 rooms 29 twin rooms, 8 Chania wing luxury rooms, 3 cottages and 4 suites

Room decor: Most rooms are built in a style reminiscent of the 1920s with colonial sized bathrooms

Room amenities:Spacious and airy most with fireplaces and garden access. Rooms in the Chania wing have a balcony, satellite TV and a minibar

Food & Drink

Dining Room - Wood panelled opening onto a large verandah with views of the gardens and Mt. Kenya.

Sherry Bar - Adjoining the verandah and dining room cosily furnished and provides an ideal retreat for a sundowner on chilly evenings.

Kirinyaga Tavern - Informal pub-like atmosphere

General Facilities

  • Spacious and airy most with fireplaces and garden access
  • Rooms in the Chania wing have a balcony, satellite TV and a mini-bar
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning
  • Two gift shops
  • All major credit cards accepted

Conference Facilities:

Sherbrooke Walker - Capacity is 40 classroom style and 60-theatre style.

Kirinyaga Suite - Capacity is 80-theatre style and 60-boardroom style.

Recreational Facilities

Beautiful beach - Lie on the beach, relax, time isnt important in this island. Forget about time while enjoying the warm waters of the Indian Ocean whilst having a cold drink in the drift wood hippy bar, the Robinson Crusoe, on the beach.

Swimming pool - The irresistible swimming-pool at which, for the first time in the history of this islet, fresh water is reaching by a pipeline from Zanzibar mainland, is provided with service from the charming Bar (capacity: 35 covers).

Boat rides & relaxing, pumping yourself with a massage and a delicious cocktail. Relax; forget about the madness of the day to day life. That is the main activity at Bawe tropical Island.

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