In 1910, three Europeans - Berkely Cole, Lord Cranworth and Sandy Herd - founded the White Rhino Hotel in what was then, British East Africa. According to various historical accounts, the establishment was named after a rhino, which was shot at the site during one of the numerous game-hunts conducted by the white settlers. The White Rhino Hotel was well-known across the region as the first segregated exclusive pub for whites and local Africans were kept off with the threat of attacks by guard dogs, which would pounce on them if spotted in the vicinity. In 1965 after independence, the hotel was sold off to an Asian businessman. It had only 27 rooms - most of which were not self-contained - at the time.
The hotel offered mainly single rooms and lodging facilities and a bar and restaurant for guests. The bar section was then converted into a seminar hall and the hotel began to allow in the first African patrons. Five years after in 1970, the hotel was sold again. It was at this point that the “whites-only” sign, which had been put at the entrance, was removed, ushering in a new era for the hotel. The White Rhino Hotel was gazetted as a National Heritage site on 9th March, 2001.
Today, The White Rhino Hotel is the best 4 Star hotel in Nyeri that is known for its top-notch facilities and services.
Exceptional and personalized service, exceeding
expectations, and inspiring a connection to our
brand in the experiences we provide.
To thoroughly understand the needs of our
customers and to consistently surpass their
expectations by delivering personal and intuitive
services to them.
At The White Rhino Hotel, our core values are the principles that guide, motivate and inspire us as we bring our mission to
life. These core values describe “how” we do what we do and they are the very essence of our existence.
Creating Memorable Experience
By offering exceptional personalized customer services. Our customers are our focal point and their satisfaction our driving force.
Local Market Leadership:
"What we promise is what we deliver". We are honest and straightforward in our interactions with our owners, guests, colleagues and the community in which we operate in. We conduct our business in the most professional way and ensure we have complied with all the laws of the country at all times.
Responsible Financial Management:
By striving to achieve continuous growth in the hospitality industry and achieving superior financial performance.
Strengthening Brand Value:
We are innovative and utilize best practices to continually improve our management techniques, and the quality of our products and services.
Nurturing our Environment:
By ensuring that we keep our environment clean and tidy at all times. We pick and properly dispose of all waste materials and shall endeavor to use only reusable and biodegradable items.