Parks and reserves managed by KWS


Batian Guest House

Location: Nyeri District, Central Province. The Park (Naro Moru Gate) is approximately 200km north of Nairobi and 17 km from Naro Moru.

Accommodation: Set in alpine pastures on the edge of forested ravine, this cottage was built in 1972 by former warden Bill Woodley and until 1998 was home to Park’s wardens. There are four bedrooms; two bedrooms with double beds, one bedroom with a double decker and one bedroom with two single beds.

Bathroom: Bathroom with bath/shower (hot water) and WC.
Sitting room: The tastefully furnished sitting room has a log fireplace and doors leading to a veranda.

Dining area: There is an open- plan dining area leading off the sitting room. The veranda also has dining furniture.

Kitchen: The kitchen has a gas stove, kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery and glasses.

Provided: Caretaker, kerosene lamps, blankets, pillows, bed linen, towels, soap and toilet tissue.

Park highlights: Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and the second highest mountain in Africa. The rugged landscape features alpine, sub-alpine, moorland and tundra flora with many giant species flourishing above 3,800m.

Activities: Bird watching, walking, trekking, and mountain climbing.

Wildlife: Includes; elephant, giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, black rhino, suni, duiker, bongo, bushbuck, lion and leopard.

Birds: Over130 species.

How to get there: by road; From Nairobi, travel north-east on the A2 to Thika, Karatina and Nyeri. 13 km before Nyeri turn right with the A2 towards Kiganjo and Naro Moru (25 km). From Naro Moru it is 17 km to Naro Moru Gate and the cottage is situated ½ km beyond the gate on the left.
By air: Via Nanyuki airstrip or the Park HQ airstrip.
Roads: During the dry seasons, access to Naro Moru Gate and the cottage is possible by 2WD although 4WD is recommended. 4WD is essential in the rainy seasons.

Open: Daily 6.00a.m. - 7.00 p.m. including public holidays. Note: no entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed entry after 6.15 p.m.
‘SafariCard’ required? At present this Park does not operate the SafariCard system and entry is by cash only (Ksh or US$).

Batian Guest House Photos

(click to zoom photos)
  • 1st bedroom
  • 2nd bedroom
  • 3rd bedroom
  • 4th bedroom
  • Front view
  • Kitchen
  • behind view
  • interior batian
  • interior batian 2
  • washroom

Park Contacts
Contact Person:

The Warden

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 69,
Naro Moro, Kenya.


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