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The Valentine Getaway You Didn’t Know About. Tafaria Castle & County Lodge

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One of the most popular weekend getaways for Kenyans, Tafaria castle is a paradise for nature lovers. Just  143 miles north of Nairobi. It is 40 Miles from Nyeri traveling westwards towards Nyahururu, or 24 Miles from Nyahururu traveling eastwards towards Nyeri. Tafaria boasts of a historic fort, a bird sanctuary and breathtaking natural vistas. The Tafaria Castle & Country Lodge.

Those of you who haven’t planned a summer getaway yet, and the trapped professionals who couldn’t secure a few leaves for the summer, listen up! The upcoming it’s the valentines and is your chance to plan a quick break away from the noise of the city life. Wondering where to go? We’ve narrowed down some ideal options for you to make this valentine getaway an exciting one! In the ancient land of Deighton Downs, at a time of great hardship, adventure, and loneliness, a young African found himself at the foothills of the Aberdare Ranges overlooking the Laikipia plains.

As he grew up there, enveloped in a harsh wilderness, unto him came an immortal dream. He admired the rain pouring down while sipping a hot cup of tea from the window of your resort in the beautiful hill. The Castle, within which you find the Lords Room overlooks the castles four quarters: You can either stay in the Damsels Quarters which are optimally sized, the Knights Quarters if you would like that extra space or the Vikings Quarters if you fancy being tented. If you have a family or you prefer even more space, the Lost Knights Quarters will provide you with that roomy accommodation.

Tafaria Castle is a 25 room lodge built on a hill overlooking the Aberdare Range, Laikipia Plains and Mount Kenya. Completed in 2012 AD, Tafaria has been conceived to engender two states of mind – that of adventure stimulated by the remote location and medieval architectural style that runs from the castle to the similarly themed cottages, and relaxation facilitated by the high altitude, secluded spot and gentle, manicured grounds.

As you reside in one of the Castle’s Quarters, horse ride, bird watch, take nature walks, go for game drives, swim, fish, or simply conduct business leisurely. Get up close and personal with nature by participating in organized trekking expeditions. These take you through the vast Laikipia plains a Wildlife Sanctuary. Though it is not possible to cover the entire area on foot, the mere experience of walking through the dense forestation and spotting exotic Hornbills, Malabar Giant Squirrels, and Bisons is thrilling in itself. Make sure the organizers taking you on this trekking trip have all the required permissions and clearances from the Forest Department to avoid any last-minute dampeners. Full clothing and shoes are recommended.

Finally you have to enjoyed a leisurely valentines bath in a poll by the sunset with a glass of wine to keep you company, you’d probably know how immensely relaxing it can be. Now, imagine the same rush of water and the same sensation of bubbles washing up on your body, except in an all-natural environment and not a closed space. A dip in the rapids of the Tafaria castle is a one-of-its-kind experience, and definitely one you must not miss. Enjoy your Valentine in style.

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