I will always approach life from a small-town vibe. It makes experiences more fantastical. Landon Liboiron.
At face value, Nanyuki is a small town but you will be amazed by the number of things you can do here. I always found it interesting pre-covid when my friends would drive all the way from Nairobi only go to the one hype night club similar to the ones in Nairobi (nothing wrong with that) then go back home and talk about their road trip to Nanyuki having barely experienced Nanyuki at it’s full potential.
Here is a list of unique things you can do in Nanyuki and it’s environs that will gurantee you come back.
1. A stop over for a photo-op at the equator sign… Nanyuki is one of the 3 towns in Kenya at the equator. I know I should have a photo of this but you know what they say…a prophet is never celebrated in their town.
2. A game drive at Olpejeta conservancy because we’re you even here if you didn’t go to see all the big five and the chimpanzees at olpej? I could write a book about this destination but today I will let the photos speak for me.
3. Go for a hike to either Old moses in Mt Kenya National park via Sirimon gate or the famous Ngarendare forest for the canopy walk and a swim at the natural blue pools. I haven’t been to old Moses (the things we take for granted) but I have been to Ngarendare twice.
4. If you are the amusement park kind, Bantu lodge is your go to place. I can’t promise it will wow you but it has some unique activities such as a boat ride at the dam, a sky walk over an old Italian war dam and so much space for kids to run around.
5. This one is for the adrenaline junkies like myself…Mt.Kenya climbing gym. It looks like a simple climbing tower but believe me you have to really work for it. My first ever attempt took me 50 minutes of pain to get to the top and my life has never been the same.
6. Go for a swim at what I think is the best swimming pool that has ever been made at he luxurious Maiyan resort. There is host of other activities at Maiyan such as fine dining, horse riding but the pool is my favorite because it is heated, has incredible views of Kenya, loldaiga hills and I can only leave you to find out what happens at sunset.
7. Let me let you in on a secret… A drive to Laikipia North is a free game drive. On this road I have seen rhinos, lots of elephants, dikdiks, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes, the endangered grevy zebras and a host of other wild animals all for free! In addition to this I have interacted with wonderful people from the Maasai community and been treated to unique rock formations as well as picture perfect landscape. Take this drive early in the morning and thank me later.
8. I cannot in good conscience end this post without telling you the best sunset spot in Nanyuki… The peaks hotel rooftop. You can enjoy a meal and a sundowner drink here. What makes it more special is the flowers and the Mt. Kenya view.
~This list is a mere highlight of Nanyuki experiences and it is mostly based on my experience so I am definitely biased. More to come later.
~ All the places I have listed are within a 50 KM radius from Nanyuki.
~ The costs are as follows…Olpejeta-1400pp 700kids (Check the rate card for the festive season), Mt. Kenya Climbing -600pp, and Old Moses-430pp. The rates for the other places vary depending on what you would like to do.
~Accomodation options in Nanyuki range from budget B&Bs, homestays, Airbnbs, to 5 star hotels. Check out Ivy’s post on Airbnbs in Nanyuki.
~ In other news commercial passenger train services return to Nanyuki this Friday…Do what you must with that info.
Remember you can always reach out to me for more detailed information. Thank you for reading.
Keep safe always
Love and light