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Ndongoro Log Cabin (also known as Ragati Cabin Retreat) is located within the 5,000 hectares of Ragati Conservancy on the Southern slopes of Mt. Kenya. The Conservancy lies between 2,200m and 3,000m and joins onto the Mt Kenya National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A large part of the Ragati lies within this heritage site.
The 5,000-hectare Ragati Conservancy is an idyllic retreat that perfectly complements a safari elsewhere in the Laikipia area. The montane forest and Ragati River and tributaries are home to some exceptional birdlife, larger mammals including buffalo and elephant, and rare species such as the African clawless otter and the critically endangered mountain bongo.
This is not primarily a wildlife destination. The real draw is the seclusion, the opportunity to enjoy forest walks and hikes, and some of East Africa’s finest trout fishing. A stay here offers a different environment to explore and the chance to be active, or relax in nature away from the distractions of modern life.
The only best way to get to Ragati is by 4X4, through the Ragati Forest Station – 20 km from Karatina, off the Karatina University Road just before Karatina Town.
The log cabin at Ragati is simple and rustic, yet charming and comfortable. There are three double bedrooms, one twin and one with bunk beds; bathroom facilities with hot and cold running water; and a large lounge area with an open fireplace to keep the cabin warm in cooler months.
There is no electricity, so lighting is by a solar lamp, and food is kept in cool boxes rather than a fridge. The cabins are normally self-catering, but we can also provide all of the food and house drinks needed for you to be able to cook yourself delicious meals during your stay.
While you’ll be doing all of the cooking, the staff are on hand to make fires in the cabin and do washing up. The team at Ragati includes five fish gillies who can also accompany guests on guided walks. Flies for fishing can be purchased on site.
Gumboots, waterproofs, and long trousers are recommended due to the forest terrain and stinging nettles. Fishing rods are available for hire but are limited. We recommend that serious fishermen bring their own gear.
To truly appreciate the beauty of this unique eco-system of intertwined waterways and ancient forests Ragati offers distinct activities and things to do. Enjoy Rainbow trout fishing, camping, climbing Mt Kenya, and walking safaris that are ideal for experiencing the surrounding beauty.
Ndongoro Log Cabin (Ragati Conservancy) Accommodation Prices
1st January 2023 to December 2023 Rates include;
Use of fishing equipment + Services of the team of resident Gillies (Fishing Guides) + Guided walks + Conservancy fees + Fishing licenses & Firewood
Weekday & Weekend
|Rates Per Night
|Additional Guests per Night
Monday to Thursday up to 2 Guests
|18,000 Kenya Shillings
|14,000 Kenya Shillings
Friday, Saturday & Sunday up to 2 Guests
|25,000 Kenya Shillings
|15,000 Kenya Shillings
* Non Residents rates: 20,000 Kenya shillings per person per night
* Minimum stay – 2 nights
* Children under 7 years old stay free
* Check-in at 3 pm, Check out at 10 am, No pets allowed
* Maximum number of guests – 10 including children
* Easter, Christmas, and New Year rates – please Contact us
* A 4×4 or high-clearance vehicle is recommended to reach the property
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* The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity/ disclaimer form on arrival
* Guests should provide all their own food and drink – the nearest local shopping is in Karatina
* There is no electricity or WI-FI or cell phone signal at the property, lighting is by oil lamps and rechargeable solar lanterns
Ragati Conservancy Information
The Ragati Conservancy was formed in liaison with the Kenya Forest Service and covers an area of some 5,000 hectares on the Southern slopes of Mt. Kenya. It lies at a height between 2,200 metres and 3,000 metres and adjoins Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A large portion of Ragati lies within this heritage site.
Mammals found in Ragati also include Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, African Elephant, Buffalo, African Clawless Otter, Spotted Hyena, Sykes and Colobus Monkeys, Bushbuck, Waterbuck and the Black-fronted Duiker. Other notables include the Mt Kenya Mole-Shrew, Mt Kenya Mole-rat, Mt Kenya Thicket Rat and East African Tree Hyrax.
The Montane forest and alpine zone is also very rich in bird fauna with over 200 bird species and 53 of Kenya’s 67 African Highlands biome species. The following have been recorded in the area – Crowned Eagle, Ayres’s Hawk Eagle, African Long-eared Owl, Forest Guinea Fowl, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco and Tacazze Sunbird.
There are 880 plant species in the Conservancy, of which 11 are endemic and 150 are near-endemic in the Kenya Forest Reserve and National Park. The Afro-Montane zone consists of tall yellow wood forests, bamboo thickets and rosewood woodland. The Afro-alpine zone consists of ericaceous and an alpine belt with a high number of endemic plants.
Ragati is easily reached by car and is less than three hours’ drive from Nairobi and 1.5 hours from Nanyuki. From Nairobi, travel via Thika and Karatina on the main A2 highway. Nairobi to Karatina should take 2 hours, and from Karatina to the cabin another 1 hour. We can supply guests with detailed driving instructions. A 4×4 or high-clearance vehicle is highly recommended in order to reach the cabin.