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Cedar Retreat Adventure Lodge Aberdare National Park

Cedar Retreat is in the Northern Moorlands of the Aberdares National Park & is the only wildlife adventure lodge in the Northern part of the famed and magical Aberdare National Park. It is the only lodge in this part of the park.   

With Beautiful Rustic Log Cabin styling, and organic architecture which intertwines into the tranquil surroundings, blending perfectly with the Untouched Cedar forest in which it is hidden – and the moorlands beyond. It epitomizes Serenity, Tranquillity with a hidden adventure streak. Here you will experience the freedom to explore and connect with nature. 

The hustle & bustle of our everyday lives will be a distant memory as you take in the crisp Kenyan Alpine air and vistas & wonder in awe, playing the role of silent guests viewing the undisturbed wildlife that has roamed these fabled mountain ranges for eons.

Cedar Retreat has a bed capacity of 12 beds in 6 cabins, 4 double. The cabins are laid out 3 aside from the main lounge with reasonable privacy. There is no Phone/Internet at the retreat & a Generator runs from 5-11 pm daily.

Emphasis is on a crisp, clean interior utilizing earth elements that highlight natural products, be it the grain in the wood or the earthy color and softness of hand-woven carpets, made with hand-picked cotton or sheep wool locally sourced.

The long wooden verandah gives the guests ample space to relax and take in the view encompassing trees and elephant grass in the foreground, giving way to taller trees shrouded in ‘old man’s beard,’ and a magnificent ‘Tree Deck’ from where you can watch wildlife coming down to the salt-lick cum water hole below. 

Cedar Retreat is protected by a surrounding fence, which is electrified during dark hours, an added precaution and protection in this area, where African Buffalo and Elephants are common. The fence also acts as a boundary, beyond which you must either be in a vehicle or escorted by Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Ranger.

Activities available from Cedar Retreat include; Guided Nature Walks, Game watching from the Cedar Tree Deck, Bird Watching,  Forest /On-Road Biking, Guided Treks to Ol Donyo Le Satima(4,001 m), Guided Treks to Twin Peaks & Dragon’s Teeth, Basic Children’s Playground, Sport Trout Fishing, Game viewing. 

Cedar Retreat Adventure Lodge Accommodation Rates

2022/ 2023 Cedar Retreat Adventure Lodge Accommodation Rates Per Night Include;

Accommodation on Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) + Soft Drinks and Filtered water

Accommodation Type


Single Cabin (1 Guest)

18,000 Kenya Shillings

Double Cabin (2 Guests)

30,000 Kenya Shillings

Triple Cabin (3 Guests)

41,000 Kenya Shillings

Child Sharing (4-12 Years)

7,500 Kenya Shillings


* Third Adult on Camp bed
* Selected Beers /Wines and spirits are chargeable
* Rates applicable for both Residents and Non Residents
* Park fees are not included and are paid directly to KWS at Gates before entry
* Rates for Exclusive use (10 Guests / 5 Cabins) (1 Group) are available on request
* Maximum 2 Kids per Cabin – one on a camp bed and one sharing with parents in a queen bed
* Kenya Shillings 3,015 Payable directly to each KWS Warden for all Treks to Moorlands & Peaks


* Bird Watching
* Sport Trout Fishing
* Guided Nature Walks
* Forest /On-Road Biking
* Basic Children’s Playground
* Game watching from the Cedar Tree Deck
* Guided Treks to Twin Peaks & Dragon’s Teeth
* Self Driven Game / Nature / View Point visits in the Aberdare National Park
* Guided Treks to Ol Donyo Le Satima(4,001 m), highest peak & 3rd highest in Kenya

Activities on Prior Request & on Quoted Basis

* Yoga Retreats
* Rock Climbing
* Mountain Biking

Activities at Cedar Retreat & the Aberdare

GUIDED NATURE WALKS: Unwind amongst sounds of nature as you get in your daily exercise and learn about birds, trees, shrubs, and the history of Kenya’s lungs, the Aberdares.

BIRD WATCHING: The Aberdares is home to at least 5 Endemic Bird Species? Can You Guess? Book a guided bird tour with our bird experts and jet off into the forest and environs – the Hartlaub’s Turaco is quite a treat to spot!

GAME WATCHING FROM OUR TREE DECK: Therapeutic and right at our doorstep, the game viewing tree deck is a favorite with guests. Elephants, buffalo, zebra, and antelope frequent the water hole too.  In the trees that fringe the waterhole (and accompanying mud bath and salt-lick below), you can hear colobus monkeys calling

TWIN PEAKS & DRAGONS’ TEETH TREKS: The Northern moorlands of the Aberdares offer some of the finest trekking in its isolated wilderness. Both of the aforementioned peaks make great day hikes, with stunning views as your rewards. We may be able to arrange a sundowner too!

GUIDED TREKS TO MOUNT LE SATIMA: Its highest peak in the Aberdares and 3rd highest in Kenya (4,000m). For some, it’s about the climb and others about the view from the top. Whatever your reason, this is definitely a beautiful peak to be on.

ROCK CLIMBING: Carabiners have been set in the rock for the technical climbs available on Twin peaks, for those who are experienced. Guided rock climbing can also be arranged on these peaks, followed by a well-deserved drink, a great meal, and a warm bed at Cedar Retreat afterward.

YOGA RETREATS: The Lounge or the Tree Deck make the perfect spot for a yoga and relaxation retreat, all amidst the sounds and scents of pure nature. We can also arrange a full retreat with specialized dietary menus, sports massage, and Reiki

BIKING: We have  2 adult & 2 Children’s bikes but for larger groups, Guests will need to bring their own bikes. We also have completed a small route (inside the Retreat’s boundaries) for children. Please ensure to check with the lodge on the availability of guides.

TEAM BUILDING EVENTS: Cedar Retreat and the Aberdares is ideal for Team Building ‘Getaways.’ We have a host of ideas and suggestions we would love to share with you. We also have a Seminar room available for indoor use, or if you’d like, we can do a setup on the lounge deck.

HORSE RIDING: It truly is a thrilling experience riding through pristine areas of beautiful forest and moorland. We are still in the process of developing this exciting activity, which involves a certain breed of trained horses. Watch this space, or sign up for our Newsletter for updates regarding this.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: For a family holiday to be a true success there needs to be something for everyone.  We have toys for the youngsters in the lounge or an adjoining room.  Guided walks with lots of fun and special prices to be found along the route. Be sure that we will plan the right activities for appropriate ages. We have you covered.

GAME DRIVES: This part of the Aberdares is the least explored and is a myriad of birds, forests, and open moorland. A large part of visitors to the Northern section of the Aberdares National Park prefers to walk and participate in other physical, outdoor pursuits. However, game drives can be arranged with prior notice, to other parts of the Aberdares, with a picnic.

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