Nyeri is located in Central Kenya. It is dominated by the Agikuyu tribe who are famous for their love of farming land and business expertise.
Things to do in Nyeri:
- Visit the tea farms
The main cash crops in Nyeri are tea and coffee and is reknown as the best world wide. Almost every homestead grows one or the other or both. The tea farms normally look like lush green grass from a distance and it is only when one gets close that you see the tea leaves. The work of picking tea is done by both men and women and is truly a very taxing job. When picking tea, the three top most leaves are what are picked i.e. two leaves and a bud. It is a sight to behold watching people picking tea as they are so meticulous as they do it. The tea farms are also fun to take time and take photoshoots with friends.
2. Hike Mount Kenya:
Mount Kenya is not only a beautiful view to behold early in the morning but an amazing experience to climb. It is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro with the highest peaks being Batian at 5199m, Nelion 5188m and Lenana at 4985m. This was the first place I ever saw and touched snow in my life as it is the only place that snows in Kenya. I highly encourage everyone to hike this Mountain-the experience is amazing and having bragging rights that you hiked Mount Kenya is not a small feat. Read up on my experienec of the hike https://wangechigitahi.co.ke/2014/04/12/kenya-hiking-mount-kenya/
Their staple food is “Githeri” which is basically maize and beans cooked together and you can add anything to it. This meal is loved by all and sundry in the region and thus highly unlikely not to find the two crops also growing in their farms.
The place also has great scenery filled with lots of green from the farms,to the savanna,to the mountain,hills and valleys, numerous rivers and waterfalls.
5:Baden Powel Scouts Information Center-Nyeri
Lord Baden Powell was the founding father of the Scout movement.He asked to be buried in Kenya upon his death.In reference to Nyeri he once said”Nearer to Nyeri, nearer to bliss”Yearly,scouts visit his burial ground to commemorate his death.
6) Visit the farms
Farming as well as keeping cattle are the main activity carried out in Nyeri either for subsistence or sale or both. Visiting the farms will enable you to understand their lifestyle as well as learn a lesson or two on farming.
Nyeri is famous for having some great, amazing hotels. I have come to learn that in most cases reality and imagination are worlds apart. Many are the times we think that hotels are expensive but you discover that they are actually quite affordable and pocket friendly.
It is located 150km from Nairobi and would take about three hours from Nairobi or about for hours by matatu/minivan which are taken attea-room in downtown Nairobi.