8 BEST Places to Visit in Nanyuki

In our article today, we are going to look at the top 8 best places to visit in Nanyuki. Nanyuki is the gateway to Mount Kenya. This small town in Central Kenya is a hub for the best Safari activities in Kenya. Do you want to see the big five? or do you want to trek Mount Kenya and it peaks? Or do you just want to see the big five and get a really closer look at them? Nanyuki is well known for all these and many more.

Below are top places to visit in Nanyuki

  1. Ngare Ndare Forest

In the local dialect, Ngare Ndare means a place for goat water. It’s worth to note that this is a one of a kind indigenous forest in Kenya. This forest is only a 20 minutes drive from Nanyuki town. There are very many activities to carry on in this forest. Therefore making it one of the top best places to visit while in Nanyuki. The forest accepts camping in an open place in the forest. For all the people out there who love camping, Ngare Ndare got you. Moreover, one can get to walk on a canopy walk. The first of its kind in East Africa. This Canopy walk stretches 450 meters long. While enjoying the canopy walk, you get to enjoy great views of the river flowing, watch exotic birds as they fly close by and enjoy the fresh air.

More to this, Ngare Ndare Forest has a waterfall emanating from the river and the spring. The waterfall forms spectacular pools of water that visitors are allowed to dive in. What’s the point of traveling all this way without diving in to cool off? While hiking, or driving through the forest, you get to see the elephants, gazelles as well as other animals sprawled all over. Despite seeing the big five being dependent on mere chance and lack, you will not miss seeing one or 2 animals. Hence making it to the list of top 8 best places to visit in Nanyuki.

Credit: Pixabay. Canopy Walk; Ngare Ndare

2. Ol Pejeta Conservancy

This is another amazing place to visit while in Nanyuki. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is well known for its being the largest black rhino conservancy. Moreover, it is also the largest Chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. Here you will get a glimpse of beautiful wildlife as well as the landscape.

This conservancy houses all the big five.

Hence making it to the list of top 8 best places to visit in Nanyuki. Therefore one is guaranteed to see all of them upon visiting this conservancy. In addition, one could substitute the game drive with a horse or camel ride across the conservancy. A trip to Ol Pejeta conservancy will keep you educated and having fun at the same time. Ol Pejeta has a huge mission on its shoulders, let’s visit them as we take part in their vision.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

3. Mount Kenya Wildlife conservancy

This conservancy is all about protecting wildlife in East Africa. It rescues endangered wildlife, breeds them and then releases them back to the wild. It’s a beautiful place to visit while in Nanyuki. It’s well known in the world for breeding successfully the mountain Bongo. If you have never seen an ostrich close by, then you have to visit this conservancy as will see them roaming freely around.

Moreover, Mount Kenya wildlife conservancy is well spread an there is a need to request a guard to take you. The guards are well equipped with knowledge about each of the animal’s stories in this park. It is more than just a conservancy, it is a place to quench your exploration thirst.

Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy

4.Mount Kenya

Mountain climbing or trekking is an exciting activity to undertake while in Nanyuki. In Nanyuki, one has access to climb the second largest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. Energetic and healthy trekkers can take upon this challenge to trek mount Kenya for 3-5 days. It’s worth to note that there are various resting huts along the way. They are meant to be the resting points for various trekkers to regain their strength before the following day’s journey ahead.

Moreover, it’s worth to note there are several access points to climb mount Kenya. One access point is in Chogoria, Meru and the other is through the Sirimon route, Nanyuki. Whichever route you choose, be prepared to enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathtaking view of the plains and ice glaciers. This beautiful scenery is among the to best places to visit in Nanyuki.

credits: Pixabay Climbing Mount Kenya

5. Mau Caves

For the frail hearted, you might not have the energy or strength to climb the Mt. Kenya. Despite the fact that you accompanied your friends to Nanyuki. You could decide to visit the Mau caves found on the foot of the mountain.

Here you will have the opportunity to see where the Mau Mau fighters lived while fighting for our independence. Take some time to tour all the caves found in this area and you will be glad you made it to Nanyuki.

Credit: Discover Meru Mau Mau Caves Nanyuki

6. Equator Market

We’ve all read about the Equator line in our geography classes. What a better way to see what we learn than to visit Nanyuki and see for yourself? The Equator market is located along the main road and hence it’s easy to access it. There is a silent rule that this is a stopover place for everyone visiting Nanyuki on a Safari. Therefore making it a top best place to visit while in Nanyuki.

Credits: Wikimedia

7. Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy

Another beautiful top place to visit in Nanyuki. This is a private conservancy located in Laikipia. Here one will be able to experience explicitly awesome views of Mount Kenya. Ride horses in the evening, Enjoy game drives as well as watch the most exotic birds among the banks of Ewaso Nyiro river. The accommodation offered is very homely and becomes your home away from home. With delicious dishes offered, uniquely furnished rooms with bespoke furniture and sculptures.

Credit: Pixabay Horse riding at Ol Jogi

8. Miti Mayo Craft Shop

What a better way to end a trip to Nanyuki than to pass by a gift shop and buy some souvenirs for your friends, family or even colleagues. Offering a wide range of beautifully crafted souvenirs. Which exists to make sure you remember your safari for days and years to come. This shop is located at Nanyuki Mall in Nanyuki town.







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