Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West
Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West is a 3-star hotel located in Taveta, Kenya within 1400 acres of the newly formed Lake Jipe Conservancy. Taveta town is situated on the Kenya/Tanzania border and this historical castle built in the 1930s is situated on a hill in Taveta, offering the most spectacular 360-degree views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Pare Mountains, Lake Jipe, and Tsavo West National park. The hotel is located 280 km from Mombasa and about 450 km from Nairobi. The castle is 25 minutes from the Lake Jipe entrance to Tsavo West National Park. The hotel has 8 large en suite bedrooms, with all the modern comforts but with an old historical feel.
Activities at Grogan’s Castle include relaxing and enjoying a sundowner cocktail by the bonfire every evening, playing a game of pool or darts in the game room, reading a book in the upstairs lounge, taking nature walks, game drive in Lake Jipe Conservancy, swimming in the infinity pool while looking onto the beauty of Mt. Kilimanjaro, visit Lake Chala, a crater lake, which you can hike down and swim in its refreshing, crystal clear blue waters and visit Lake Jipe to see elephants that come to drink and bathe in its waters alongside multiple hippos and crocodiles.
Grogans Castle Hotel has 8 large en suite bedrooms, with all the modern comforts but with an old historical feel and decor of the early Colonial era, and extra beds can also be added. Each bedroom is unique and different from the other – no two rooms are the same.
There is a guest cottage that accommodates 4 guests and is on a self-catering basis. Guests here are welcome to prepare their own meals. There are many original fittings and furniture from the colonial period. Meals in the Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West are served in a communal dining area.
The hotel serves local and international dishes, depending on the season with fresh ingredients from the hotel’s own farm and garden. The hotel has a spacious living room with a selection of books, satellite TV, and DVD. The dining room contains Grogan’s original dining table, which takes 13 men to move the table.
Play a game of pool or darts in the game room, read a book in the upstairs lounge, and take a dip in the awesome infinity pool while looking at the beauty of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax and enjoy a sundowner cocktail by the bonfire every evening whilst listening to the sounds of Africa under a blanket of stars.
Activities in the Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West include visits to the Tsavo National Park, Lake Chala, and Lake Jipe. You can also take a drive through the conservancy and view many plains games like bushbuck, dik-dik, kongoni, zebra, wildebeest, and many other animals.
Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West Accommodation Rates
2023 Grogans Castle Hotel Tsavo West Accommodation Rates Per Night
All rates are inclusive of taxes and are quoted in Kenya shilling currency
Bed & Breakfast
|17,500 Kenya Shillings||28,000 Kenya Shillings|
|20,800 Kenya Shillings||
30,500 Kenya Shillings
|23,300 Kenya Shillings||
34,700 Kenya Shillings
* Children aged below five years of age – free of charge
* Children aged 12-16 years – pay 75% of the full adult rate
* Children aged 8-12 years old own a room – pay 60% of the adult rate
* Children aged 5-12 years sharing with an adult – pay 50% of the adult rate
Accommodation Rates Exclude;
* All activities
* Laundry facilities
* Game sanctuary fees
* Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Grogan's Castle Hotel Bio
Grogan’s Castle Hotel Accommodation
Grogan’s Castle is situated below Mt Kilimanjaro on a hilltop with stunning 360-degree views of the Pare Mountains, Lake Jipe, Tsavo National Park, and obviously Mt Kilimanjaro. There are 8 huge en-suite double bedrooms (or family as extra beds can be added).
Each room is unique and tastefully decorated in the theme of that era – all have majestic views. The bedrooms in Grogan’s Castle are all different but are all dominated by arches, high ceilings, and space with en suite bathrooms.
The decor reflects a comfortable “English” style decoration, where ever possible in keeping with how the castle would have looked. There are a lot of original fittings and furniture from Grogan’s time. Four of the rooms can accommodate extra beds and or a baby cot as they are so large.
There is a plunge pool with magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Pare Mountains. There is also a self-catering guest cottage that sleeps 4-6.
Grogan’s Castle Hotel Location
Grogan’s Castle is about 20 km southwest of Taveta town on the Kenya-Tanzania border. By road it is a five-hour drive from Nairobi, turning south at Emali to Loitokitok, then turning left and following the road to Taveta passing Lake Challa. Or Through the game park take the Mtito Andei gate and head for the Ziwani Gate near Taveta.
Or take the Mwatate road to Taveta. From the coast, it can be reached through Tsavo West National Park exiting at the Lake Jipe Park gate or turning off at Voi. From Arusha, it is a 2-hour drive through the Taveta Border take the Voi road and there are signposts on the road.
There is a dirt airstrip 1,200 meters in length adjacent to the Castle…coordinates are available.
Grogan’s Castle Hotel History
Grogan’s Castle was built in the 1930’s“Part monastery, part Moorish fort, and part hacienda it was approached via a road which snakes its way up the hill and deposited visitors at the foot of broad steps leading to an arch in which wrought-iron entrance gates were later set. Beyond the gates was a central courtyard with a fountain and flowerbeds.”
Col Ewart Grogan “Once met, never forgotten”
Ewart Grogan, dubbed “the boldest and baldest of a bold, bad gang” of pioneering settlers in Kenya, was a gentleman adventurer possessed of magnetic charm, a formidable intellect, and a near boundless ego.
He built Grogan’s Castle in the mid-1930s and lived there until the late 1950s. Born in 1874, Col Grogan died on 16th August 1967 in a small flat in Rondebosch, South Africa – despite his wish to spend his last days at the Castle.
Ewart Grogan fell in love with Gertrude Watt, the sister of a Cambridge classmate, but her stepfather disapproved of the match; while Grogan came from a respectable family, his own life had little to recommend it. He proposed becoming the first man to make the Cape to Cairo journey; the stepfather agreed that this would be a suitable test of his character and seriousness.
He commenced his expedition from Cape Town to Cairo at the age of 24, reaching Cairo in 1900, after two and a half years of traveling. He had been stalked by lions, hippos, and crocodiles, pursued by headhunters and cannibals, and plagued by parasites and fevers. He returned home a popular sensation.
He was made a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and met Queen Victoria. In four months of effort, Grogan wrote about his journey From the Cape to Cairo; the first traverse of Africa from south to north (1902). Capping his success, he married Gertrude.
He built and named a children’s hospital after her when she died – called Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital which is still situated and operating in Muthaiga, Kenya.
Not only is the whole Hospital his gift to the children of East Africa, but his personal interest, drive, and perseverance have been largely instrumental in thrashing the way through all the regulations and controls which make construction work such a nightmare to the ordinary citizen” From a report on the progress of the Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital, given by Mrs. F.O.B Wilson in January 1947, shortly before the establishment of the Hospital.
Grogan's Castle Hotel Activities
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s largest park divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa road into Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Grogan’s Castle actually adjoins Tsavo West, with the Park’s Lake Jipe Gate a mere 20 minutes drive away.
Tsavo West is justly famous for its huge variety of wildlife; elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffalo and even rhinos abound. Crystal clear Mzima Springs, fed by the distant volcanic Chulyu Hills, has a unique underwater viewing hide to watch hippos and crocodiles swimming.
Lake Chala & Jipe
These two lakes are very different from each other, Lake Jipe is a very shallow lake, with a high content of soda which one can see by the soda pans where the lake used to be in Grogan’s time when the lake reached below the castle.
Lake Chala is so deep they have not found out its depth, the water comes direct from Mt Kilimanjaro by underground channels and is pure spring water. The British Army put a special dye into the water of lake Chala to find out where the waters of Lake Chala went, and it came out just south of Shimoni near the Kenya-Tanzania border on the coast over 150 km away.
Located to the South West of Tsavo West National Park, Lake Jipe is a small, shallow lake (area 28 square kilometres and average depth less than 3 meters), lying astride the Kenya-Tanzania border, just to the east of the northern Pare Mountains of Tanzania (Mwanga district, in the Kilimanjaro region).
It is 12 km long and 2.5 km wide, 12 square km belong to Tanzania and 14 square km to Kenya. Tsavo West National Park of Kenya borders the southern portion of the lake while Mt Kilimanjaro dominates the horizon some distance to the northwest.
Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, not far from the town of Moshi and 8 km north of Taveta.
Depending on the time of year, it ranges in colour from deep blue to turquoise and green, it is surrounded by a 100 meters high crater rim. The lake is fed by groundwater flows, which come from Mount Kilimanjaro.