Nanyuki in Laikipia CountyNanyuki
Nanyuki has luxurious hotels such as Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. It is a popular stopover for visitors heading to Mount Kenya or Samburu National Reserve.
Market Town Turned Holiday Destination
Nanyuki is a quiet town on the slopes of Mount Kenya. The equator line practically cuts through this town, which is the headquarters of Laikipia County. The town’s history dates back to a period before independence. Settlers trickled into the town around 1907. Some of their descendants inhabit the ranches out of the town centre.
Nanyuki houses the main base of the Kenya Air Force, and military barracks for the 10 Engineers Battalion and 1KR among others. It is also the permanent training location for the British Army. The population of this town is cosmopolitan.
Tribes and races in this town include the Somali, Rendille, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, Aosian, British, Italian, American and Meru. This diversity has brought with it a beautiful mix of cultures and cuisines.
Nanyuki hotels and lodges offer a wide variety of local and western lifestyles. If you are in the mood for luxury and comfort, the lavish Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is a few minutes’ drive from the town centre. Falcon Heights, Sportsman’s Arms Hotel and Ol Pejeta House also have plush facilities and excellent activities for a great wildlife safari in this town.
For an adventurous safari, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers an under the canvas experience. Other exciting accommodation venues are Mukima Ridge, Sere Enkang and Castle Forest Lodge among others. The town’s rapid growth is attributed to the presence of the British Army, the large number of new ranches as well as the government’s plan to turn the neighbouring county of Isiolo into a resort city.
Things to do in this town include game viewing in Mount Kenya Animal Orphanage, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You can also host a picnic at William Holden or play golf at Mount Kenya Safari Club. Discover the Coriolis force at the equator by watching a matchstick in water as it deflects to the right and left in the northern and southern hemisphere. It is a magical experience to actually see the earth’s rotation theories come alive.
You can also tour attractions out of town such as Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve among others.
This town is three hours by road from Nairobi. It is also accessible by air from any part of the country. The airstrip is approximately 15 minutes from the town centre.