Hidden Gems in Kenya: 5 Places to Visit in Nanyuki

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Kenya is often highly regarded worldwide for its unique features that attract tourists from all over the world.

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry that boosts the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and has created numerous jobs for TUSEN.

Besides the sandy beaches along the coast, the snowy Mt Kenya, the beautiful game drives and the enchanting wildebeest migrations, some provinces have exceptional features.

Looking at Nanyuki in Laikipia province, five tourist attractions stand out. Some of these sites call for a sharp eye, a curious mind, and a love of adventure.

In one of the caves on the hills of Lolldaiga.

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Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

Do you want to take your fitness steps? The hills of Lolldaiga are the place for you. The hills are decorated with cave paintings overlooking Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

Some of these paintings capture early humanity. It is also home to ancient burial mounds.

Set on 49,000 acres, the ancient land is made up of several intriguing hill folds, cedar forests, open grassland, and wooded valleys.

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Lions, buffaloes, hyenas, jackals, zebras, elephants and the endangered Grevy’s zebra are some of the animals you will see.

Ngare Ndare forest

Magical, heavenly and breathtaking are some of the words used to describe this lush native forest at the foot of Mount Kenya.

From the wildlife to the cooling clear waterfall, Ngare Ndare is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy nature.

Exotic birds have made a home in this forest, so bring your binoculars when you visit the area. For adrenaline junkies, the swinging bridge is a good way to test your limits.

In the forest you don’t have to worry about your safety, agents of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) protect the area.

Some trees in the forest are over 200 years old.

Mau Mau Caves

We all know Mashujaa Day, celebrated on October 20, to celebrate the heroes who laid the foundations of building Kenya.

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However, the Mau Mau Caves offer you a first-hand experience of the colonial shelters for the Mau Mau freedom fighters.

The caves give you a sense of nature and life during the Kenyan emergency period of 1952 and 1960.

Be prepared for a walk through the forest and don’t forget to bring suitable shoes. You can also set up a picnic and enjoy the time with your kids.

Trout Fishing and Trout Tree Restaurant

For fish lovers, this spot allows you to fish in the nearby lakes and rivers of Mount Kenya and enjoy a fresh meal.

The icing on the cake in this hidden gem is the location. It is balanced on the arms of a sacred fig tree surrounded by brown rivers, round trout pools and the rush forest.

Away from the loud matatus and boda bodas in the city, at the trout fishing and trout tree restaurant, you will enjoy the sounds of birds, the rustling tree leaves and the rushing water.

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Ol Pejeta Animal Protection

The Ol Pejeta Animal Shelter has got to be my best site yet. It is Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary, where chimpanzees are rescued from captivity across East Africa.

If you subscribe to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, this is the place for you. Meet the implicit first stages of humanity.

Ol Pejeta is located between the Aberdares and Mount Kenya on the Laikipia Plateau. It is also home to the endangered white rhinoceros.

A guard and chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta Animal Sanctuary

A guard and chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta Animal Sanctuary

Animal protection Ol Pejeta

Aside from the five, Nanyuki is also famous for the equator marker. If you don’t have a photo next to the equator sign, hop on that matatu and enjoy the ride to Nanyuki.

In short, Kenya is a beautiful country, go through every corner and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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