Nanyuki and its environs are a great destination for all sorts of travellers. There’s hiking, wildlife, great restaurants, and more. We recently asked our Instagram followers for their favourite activities in Nanyuki, below is a round up of those responses along with some of our suggestions.
At 6389 feet (1947m) in Nanyuki town is a small yellow sign on the sign on the side of the road that reads, “This Sign is on The Equator” it’s a popular place to stop for a photo op.
Several hotels and homes offer the opportunity to go horseback riding in Nanyuki including Mukima House, Lolldaiga House, and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club to name a few. However, if you’re not staying at a property that offers riding, you can enjoy scenic horseback tours of Nanyuki through companies like Everything Altitude Nanyuki.
Mt. Kenya Climbing Gym
A few kilometres from Nanyuki town is a climbing wall whether you’re a beginner or expert, you’re welcome to come to the club and give the climbing wall a try. Train for a workout, as preparation to climb Mt. Kenya, or just for fun! Plus, there’s a cafe, Slightly South Cafe, on the grounds for snacks and tea.
Nanyuki has an incredible selection of restaurants to dine at, from classics like Trout Tree, Soames, Barney’s, and Le Rustique to lesser known cafes like Shop 14 and Nook Cafe. Check out the restaurants’ Instagram page and call in advance to book yourself in for a treat.
DownTown Nanyuki is a creative hub in downtown Nanyuki known for art, design, cocktails, tattoos, fashion and coffee. If you’re looking for a night out or to grab some drinks, this is your the place to be. You’ll find an interesting event here to partake in whether you’re looking for a themed party or a quiz night.
Tamalu Farm is an Agroforestry Market Garden which uses a Brazilian technique known as “syntropy” as an elegant solution, applicable in any climate, that provides a balance of conservation, profit, and aesthetics. Visit Tamalu for a Full Farm Tour (Ksh 2,000 pp), Pick Your Own (Ksh 1,000 pp) a simplified farm tour with the opportunity to pick your own produce, or a Farm To Fork Experience (Ksh 6,000 pp).
Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy & Animal Orphanage
This organisation seeks to prevent the extinction of endangered species by breeding animals with a goal of reintroducing them into the natural habitat. You can visit the animals, donate to a good cause, or even adopt an animal for yourself or a loved one to ensure their care.
Ol pejeta conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to two of the world’s last remaining white rhinos. It is also home to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary which aims to provide refuge for chimpanzees rescued from the black market and is the only place in Kenya where they can be seen. Lastly, you can book private or guided safaris within the conservancy and go on a game drive.
No trip to Nanyuki is complete without a trip to Ngare Ndare. Ngare Ndare is an indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. The forest is filled with 200 year old trees and hiking trails. Perhaps the biggest allure of the forest walks are the azure pools of water which allow for a scenic picnic or quick cool off. Hike to the source of the ice cold water that runs off the face of the mountain, rock climb to the top and leap into the ice blue water below.
This list is by no means exhaustive but an effort by our team and our readers to provide a thought starter on what to do and see when you’re in Nanyuki.