Nanyuki town and the surrounding areas are a vibrant haven nestled on the drier side of Mount Kenya. The town provides a world full of adventure, cultural richness, enchanting landscapes, and a diverse population.
From enjoying the majestic views of Africa’s second-tallest peak to conquering it to the immersing and beautiful conservancies, Nanyuki will deliver an unforgettable journey.
Whether planning a family or friend group road trip, working on team building, or looking for a solo quest, Nanyuki has the perfect places to visit and numerous activities to immerse you during your visit.
Let’s dive into the best things to do in Nanyuki.
1. Summit Mount Kenya
Picture by Mountain Club of Kenya
If you are a mountaineering or hiking enthusiast, climbing Mount Kenya should top your list. The magnificent mountain borders the equator and rises to 5,199m. The advantage of such heights is the exotic wildlife, vegetation, and weather you’ll experience as you move higher.
Read more on our tips for mountain hiking in Kenya for expert advice.
Mount Kenya boasts serene forests like a mixed closed canopy forest, afro-alpine moorlands, and an extensive population of wildlife like mountain bongo, elephants, and an exotic citizenry of birds. At the top, you’ll gaze at the rugged glacier-clad peak and the stunning surroundings that are perfect for photography.
The best way to summit the mountain is to use a local, experienced, certified guide and go up as a group.
2. Explore Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve
One of the best places to watch elephants for fans of the African giants is the indigenous and lush Ngare Ndare Forest. The forest rests on the foothills of the mountain and is home to a corridor serving the big tusks moving between Laikipia and Samburu.
The forest also hosts pristine swimming pools and waterfalls along the various rivers where visitors can dip. You’ll also enjoy a canopy walkway, 40 ft high, running about a kilometer. At the end, you are welcomed to stunning views of the river.
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3. Immerse Yourself in Culture at Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers
Step into Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers, where threads tell tales! This vibrant hub is a living canvas, weaving Kenya’s cultural legacy into dazzling fabrics and handcrafted marvels. Hear the looms retell stories of tradition while artisans spin magic into every creation.
Dive into a world where artistry meets heritage, where each stitch narrates a vibrant story. Join the rhythm of weaving, meet artisans, and immerse yourself in the colorful pulse of Nanyuki’s artistic heartbeat. It’s not just a visit; it’s an adventure through time, celebrating the vibrant threads that bind past, present, and future in this cultural kaleidoscope.
4. Visit the Equator Marker
Photo by Sagil Xavier
While the line is imaginary, and the location is just an old sign next to the road, the Equator crossing is a unique geographical location and a top spot to visit in Nanyuki. Most visitors usually find it interesting to switch between the two halves of the world and take memorable pictures beside the marker.
You may also find someone with a bucket trying to demonstrate the Coriolis effect, explaining why air flows in different directions in the north and south hemispheres. There is also a nearby Equator market where you can buy beautiful souvenirs.
You can’t miss the yellow sign if you’re entering Nanyuki from the South on the A2 road.
5. Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Nestled within the heart of Ol Pejeta Conservancy lies the captivating Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary—a haven of hope and renewal. Here, rescued chimpanzees find solace in a natural habitat, fostering their rehabilitation and protection.
Visitors witness the intricate social dynamics of these intelligent beings, engaging in playfulness and forging bonds. It’s a sanctuary where each story speaks of resilience and restoration, inviting guests to partake in conservation efforts, learn from dedicated caregivers, and witness the profound impact of ethical wildlife sanctuaries firsthand.
Sweetwaters beckons, offering not just a glimpse into the lives of chimpanzees but a deeper understanding of our responsibility towards all sentient beings.
Other Places to Visit and Things to Do in Nanyuki
Here are other top things to do in Nanyuki.
- Explore the Ewaso Nyiro River
- Visit Africa’s Only Bear at Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Check Out the Mau Mau Caves
- Enjoy Fish at the Trout Tree Restaurant
- Have Fun at Chaka Ranch
- Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
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