What are some of the most amazing places to visit in Nanyuki with friends and family? This article breaks down 9 amazing places to visit Nanyuki for you. Whether you are on vacation or just running around, these places will guarantee you a great time.
Nanyuki is a hub for game viewing and wildlife conservation efforts and the amazing places to visit in Nanyuki include the Equator market, Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Mau caves, Ngare Ndare Forest, Chaka Ranch, Miti Mayo Craft shop, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy. Now let’s get detailed information about these amazing places in Nanyuki. Shall we?
Amazing places to visit in Nanyuki
1. OL Pejeta conservancy
Believe me when I tell you this; Ol Pejeta conservancy is one of the most favorite safari destinations in Kenya and one of the amazing places to tour in Nanyuki. Ol Pejeta is home to the famous BIG FIVE in Kenya and it is also globally recognized for its conservation of the last two remaining Northern White Rhino in the world. In addition to the above-mentioned features, the conservancy is also the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya.
It is because of these features packed all together that ranks Ol Pejeta is an amazing place to consider during your vacations. Besides enjoying the Flora and Fauna of this place, other activities in this conservancy that might intrigue you are; horse/camel riding, engaging in the sustainable development of tourism and wildlife, and quad bike riding.
2. Mau Caves
At the foot of Mount Kenya, lie the Mau caves which were hiding grounds or homes for the Mau Mau fighters during the fight for independence. It’s at these caves that you’ll get to learn that people lived in those caves as recently as 60 years ago and it’s in those caves that they staged a rebellion.
3. Ngare Ndare Forest
Ngare Ndare is a locally given name meaning goat water. The forest is unique and indigenous and it serves as an elephant corridor linking Laikipia and Samburu. You as a visitor to this forest will enjoy a canopy walkway: – this is a 40 ft. high aerial bridge that runs nearly half a kilometer through the tree canopy.
You’ll also be presented with activities such as camping in the forest; enjoying great views of flowing rivers, bird watching, and breathing in the fresh air of Ndare Ngare forest. With all this in play, I believe you won’t want to miss out on such a place.
4. Chaka Ranch
This place offers you and most suitably your kids a chance to quad bike, roller skate, or paintball. It’s located near Kiganjo and its sole purpose is to cater to leisure-filled activities. Moreover, it’s fitted with cafeterias to serve you and your kid’s delicacies as you maneuver through the park, and also they have tents or bandas where you can camp.
Fairly, Chaka ranch qualifies to make the list of amazing places to visit in Nanyuki.
5. Equator Market
For everyone visiting Nanyuki, this is a must stop over for them. This place offers you the opportunity to meet and get to know whatever you have been learning about the equator line at school and colleges. The market is located just along the road and so it makes it easily accessible and more fun to like hop out of your vehicle and take pictures at the very center of the earth.
It is also at this place where you get to witness the Coriolis Effect: – how water moves in a different direction in the northern and southern hemispheres.
6. Mount Kenya
As the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is the highest in the country. Recording a 7000 ft. of jagged glacial peaks, the mountain is a getaway for those who are passionate and enthusiastic about mountaineering and trekking.
For energetic people who are willing to take up the challenge, it’s good to know that it takes 3-5 days to reach the very peak (Pt. Lenana peak for unskilled and non-climbers, Batian and Nelion Peaks for experienced rock climbers) of the mountain and that there are resting huts fitted along the way that are meant to be resting points to rejuvenate your energy and strength.
Other activities, that you can engage in, in this natural landscape includes mountain biking, game spotting, and hiking on the paths of the mountain.
7. Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy
Without a doubt, Ol Jogi is one of the best places to visit in Nanyuki and certainly not one you want to miss. Just imagine amazing views of Mount Kenya, game drives through some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, bird watching along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro river, accommodation that is homely and so very special, and dining in a restaurant offering homemade delicious dishes. These are just some of the adventures you can be on when staying at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy.
8. Miti Mayo Craft shop
End your visit to Nanyuki safari with a souvenir from Miti mayo crafts hop. It offers various types of gifts that are sure to make you remember your trip for years to come. The shop is located at Nanyuki Mall in Nanyuki town.
9. White water rafting at the Sagana river
The Sagana River in Nanyuki is one of the oldest and most popular white water rafting spots in Kenya. Once a quiet preserve, it has now become one of the country’s premier tourist attractions. The river divides Nanyuki into two distinct communities, i.e. Nanyuki North and South. Some of the best camping sites are located on the banks of this tranquil waterway – from where you can see great herds of elephants, giraffes, and hornbills but also crocodile farms and luxury resorts.
White water rafting on the Sagana River is great fun for kids as well! Kids will love to watch adults getting pummeled by large waves and enjoying the thrill of crossing shallow areas with ease. There’s also easy access to swimming pools where adults can cool off after a hard day’s action.
Nanyuki is an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. The journey itself is so scenic; it will clear your mind and prepare you for the relaxation to come.