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Grogans Castle Hotel
Tsavo West National Park - Kenya

(Grogan’s Castle Hotel is a historical Castle is located in south west Kenya below Mt. Kilimanjaro, near Lake Jipe and the Tanzania border. Built in the 1930's the Castle is situated on a hill, offering the most spectacular 360 degree views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Pare Mountains, Lake Jipe and Tsavo West. Grogan’s Castle Hotel is 5 hours drive from Nairobi, 4 hours drive from Mombasa and 3 hours drive from Arusha)

 

 

Grogan’s Castle Hotel

Grogan’s Castle Hotel
Grogan’s Castle Hotel
Grogan’s Castle Hotel

 

Grogan's Hill, Lake Jipe Estate, Taveta

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Grogan's Castle Hotel, Taveta, Kenya is situated on the Kenya/Tanzania border. Grogan's Castle Hotel is a boutique Hotel situated below Mt Kilimanjaro on a hill top with a 360 degree view of the Parre Mountains, Lake Jipe, Tsavo National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro.

 

Grogan's Castle Hotel, is a Moorish/art deco designed building, built in the 1930's with original details that has just been renovated. There are 5 en suite double bedrooms ( rooms are so large as extra beds can be added) and a guest cottage that sleeps 4 (self catering). Grogans Castle Hotel is a 5 hours drive from Nairobi, 4 hours drive from Mombasa and 3 hours drive from Arusha.

 

Grogan's Castle Hotel is situated 280 kilometers from Mombasa, 450 kilometers from Nairobi via Voi, 350 kilometers via Emali/Oloitokitok road or 130 kilometers from Arusha.

 

The castle is only 25 minutes to the Lake Jipe entrance, to Tsavo West National Park. Grogan's Castle Hotel is 20 minutes to Lake Jipe which has the largest concentration of bird varieties in one area in Africa.

 

 

Grogan's Castle Hotel

Grogan's Castle Hotel

 

Grogans Castle Hotel Non-Residents Accommodation Prices

2013 Non-Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include:

Room Type

Bed & Breakfast

Half Board

Full Board

Single Room (1 Guest)

110 US Dollars

125 US Dollars

140 US Dollars

Double Room (2 Guests)

160 US Dollars

210 US Dollars

240 US Dollars

 

Notes

* The house is fully equipped with kitchen utensils, DSTV and more!

* Grogans Castle Hotel offers special rates for larger groups and longer stays

* Grogans Self Catering Cottage: 14,500 Kenya Shillings for 4 Guests per night and 2,000 Kenya Shillings per extra person

 

 

 

Grogans Castle Hotel Residents Accommodation Prices

2013 Non-Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include:

Room Type

Bed & Breakfast

Half Board

Full Board

Single Room (1 Guest)

6,500

Kenya Shillings

8,500

Kenya Shillings

9,500

Kenya Shillings

Double Room (2 Guests)

9,600

Kenya Shillings

13,500

Kenya Shillings

16,000

Kenya Shillings

 

Notes

* The house is fully equipped with kitchen utensils, DSTV and more!

* Grogans Castle Hotel offers special rates for larger groups and longer stays

* Grogans Self Catering Cottage: 14,500 Kenya Shillings for 4 Guests per night and 2,000 Kenya Shillings per extra person

 

 

 

Grogan's Castle Hotel Accommodation

Grogan’s Castle is situated below Mt Kilimanjaro on a hill top with stunning 360 degree views of the Pare Mountains, Lake Jipe, Tsavo National Park and obviously Mt Kilimanjaro.

 

There are five 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 alot 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's south-west 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 follow 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 Voi 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 sign posts 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 1930's and lived there until the late 1950's. 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, 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 in 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, lion, leopard, giraffe, buffalo and even rhino 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 150kms away.

 

Located to the South West of Tsavo West National Park, Lake Jipe is a small, shallow lake (area 28 square kilometers 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 color 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.

 


 

Booking & Reservations for Grogan’s Castle is about 20 km's south-west of Taveta town on the Kenya-Tanzania border

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871

Mobile : 0721242711 (Safaricom) - Kenya

Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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