Mount Elgon Lodge

Located just a few kilometers from the Chorlim Gate to Mt. Elgon National Park, this former farmhouse was the home of Lord “Buster” Powles and his wife Barbara until 1969.
It is now converted to a simple but charming hotel with 17 self-contained rooms and 38 beds. Most of the accommodation is in a line of chalet-style rooms stretching across the lawns and away from the old main building. However, the master bedrooms in the old house are still there; accessed by a spiral staircase, spacious, high-ceilinged and with big winows looking out to the distant hills of the Cherangany ---- not exactly cosy, but evocative of a bye-gone age. Those who delight in unusual experiences might like to try a night in one of these rooms. The manager says that, contrary to expectation, they are quite warm at night; --- but it might be advisable to bring your partner with you as an insurance policy.

The old-fashioned interiors, with heavy-timbered ceilings and black ebony doors, will not be to everyone's taste but offer a quaint change from the usual hotel ambiance and décor.
There is a small veranda and a large garden with shade-trees. Both are nice places for relaxation, conversation and taking drinks and snacks on sunny days.
The lodge's menu is quite limited. When making your advance booking, use the opportunity to inform the management of your preferences.
Mount Elgon Lodge is soon to get a long-overdue face-lift. It is to be hoped that the modernization of facilities will be done in such a way as not to detract from its special style and charm.

Mid Africa Hotel


It is located along Moi Avenue in Kitale town center. The hotel has a total of 42 beds in clean, self-contained and secure rooms (either, single, double or deluxe en suite). A room cannot be taken without breakfast. A mixture of African, Indian, and European dishes is served from an à la carte menu.

The hotel does not have its own parking area but vehicles can be parked outside the hotel and looked after by the hotel security guards. Additionally, there is 24-hour surveillance provided by security cameras.
The staff is generally warm and friendly and ready to attend to the customer’s needs --- but, sometimes, night reception is poor; so, if you can, book-in earlier.

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Kapkuro Bandas

Located 1km inside the Chorlim Gate, the strictly self-catering cottages provide accommodation within the wild and secluded splendour of Mt. Elgon. Each of the 4 one-bedroom bandas has one double and one single bed with sufficient blankets and pillows. Each has a wood-burning stove supplying hot water to their bathroom. Each has a kitchen equipped with gas stove, kitchen utensils, crockery and glasses.
One must bring one’s own bed linen and towels.

The outdoor sitting area, which also doubles-up as a dining area, has a table and chairs and a simple, barbecue “jiko”. It overlooks an open area where wild animals such as buffaloes, zebras, water buck and baboons come to observe human beings when they are in residence. The baboons, in particular, can become too curious and actually become troublesome.