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Nyeri is the headquarters of Nyeri County and is known as the city situated in the Central Kenyan Highlands established during the British Colonial Administration making it one of the oldest towns in Kenya and the largest city in the newly created Nyeri County.
Nyeri’s population was estimated to be at 225,357 during the 2009 population Census but prominent and government workers chose to be counted at their places of birth or origin or where their families are settled.
Nyeri is mainly an Administrative City hosting several of the government offices compared to other cities like Mombasa and Kisumu among others withn a cheaper cost of living given its location on Kenya’s most fertile lands which favors food production. Water is in abundance and relatively cheap to afford as well.
Things to do in and around Nyeri
This place is best known for relaxation, entertainment, business, Agriculture and tourism of all kinds not forgetting the booming Agriculture with farms offering the best refreshing views of Nyeri that are naturally gifted. So some of the following attractions make this a destination one cannot leave out during his/her visit to Kenya.
Lieutenant-General Lord Baden-Powell’s Grave
He was a founder of the Scouting Movement and a commander during the Boar War famous for his quote “the nearer to Nyeri the nearer to bliss” and a small museum was set up and named after him with his grave in the grounds of the Outspan Hotel. Nyeri now serves as the place of pilgrimage for the Worldwide Scouting and Guiding Movements.
The Italian War Memorial Chapel
This chapel was built in honor of the Italian soldiers and their loyal African counterparts who were recruited to fight in the Second World War not it is not a regular prayer house but every 2nd November people gather in this chapel to celebrate the lives of the Italians and the Africans who as countrymen in service. Nyeri should be visited because it is the burial ground for the famous hunter/conservationist Jim Corbett, the author of Man Eaters of Kumaon.
This is Kenya’s highest and Africa’s 2nd highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro and has a national park named after it where you can carry out birding in the Montane forest region which harbors rare bird species that include; Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow hawk, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Black stork, Red Fronted Parrots, Green Ibis Common snipe, Mountain Buzzard, Bronze napped pigeon Mountain white-eye, Abbots Starling, Sharpe’s Starling, Mountain Oriole and Thick-billed seedeater, game viewing and mountain climbing among other attractive activities.
The Aberdares is roughly 15 kilometers out of Nyeri on the opposite direction to Mt. Kenya and it is where the Aberdare National Park is located. It is an old volcanic mountain range which has lower peaks due to the erosions which lasted for long but still it offers its visitors beautiful views of Mount Kenya to the east and Great Rift Valley to the west.
Its unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, deep ravines cutting through its forested eastern and western slopes, clear water streams and waterfalls all put together creates a beautiful scene for its visitors to enjoy with attractive peaks like the Lesatima and Kinangop peaks including several waterfalls like the magnificent Karuru falls dropping from 272 meters, Zaina falls dropping from 140 meters and the Gura Falls dropping from 305 meters.
The Aberdares National Park hosts many endangered wild animal species including the rare bongo, giant forest hog, packs of the now very rare wild dogs, and endemic mole-rat and mole shrew, large population of black rhino, leopard servile, endemic bird species, reptiles and insects.
The park is also known for the Kimathi hideouts, the Mau Mau Caves, and the Kimathi "post office" where agents used to drop messages for Mau Mau fighters during the guerrilla wars during the struggle for the Kenyan independence.
Close to Nyeri city are several ranches that are privately owned by individuals and organizations to protect the endangered wildlife species from hunters like the Solio Ranch, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Many high-profiled tourists visit stay at these ranches, including world famous figures such as Prince William and Bill Gates. So they wouldn’t you want to set foot on these blessed grounds.
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