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Nanyuki – Kenya

Nanyuki is a bustling little town pretty much on the equator. The British Army has a base here as well as the Kenya Air Force meaning there are plenty of great restaurants and hotels in the area. Nanyuki is also the access gate for Mt Kenya and the Laikipia Plateau, making it a good starting point for many trips.

Nanyuki means ‘place of red soil’ in the Maasai language. It is a lovely bustling town and a great place to stop and enjoy lunch before continuing on your way north, starting your hike in Mt Kenya NP or start the dirt road journey to your destination on the Laikipia Plateau. On the road just south of Nanyuki you will find the signs to indicate you are crossing the equator, always a great spot to take a photo.

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Why visit Nanyuki?

  • Access point to Mount Kenya – world-class hiking, climbing, and fishing in amazing scenery
  • Gateway to the Laikipia Plateau – some of Africa’s best safari destinations in various private conservancies
  • Cross the equator and find out if the Coriolis effect can be experienced
  • Grab a bite to eat at one of Nanyuki’s excellent restaurants or bars
  • See the bongo, a rare mountain antelope
  • Grab a good takeaway coffee, smoothie  or juice for on the road
  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KSh, often written as =/)
  • Driving: left-hand side of the road
  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’
  • Closest airport: Nanyuki Airport (NYK)
  • Local Tribes: the Kikuyus and the Maasai communities are the largest in Nanyuki. Other tribes that can be found here include the Borana, Samburu, Meru, Kalenjin, and Turkana.
Best time to visit

Kenya’s higher inlands are very pleasant with daytime temperatures between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, cooler at night.

Especially for hiking Mt Kenya it is best to avoid the two rainy seasons, although it is possible to hike Mt Kenya all-year round. Kenya has a dry season from June to October, a wet season called ‘short rains’ in November and December, another dry spell in January and February, followed by the ‘long rains’ in March, April, and May. January and February, as well as August and September, are most reliable for good weather for Mt Kenya. You will also need warm clothes for the evenings on the Laikipia Plateau.

Temperatures on Mt Kenya vary greatly and the higher you go, the more the temperature will drop. Especially at night, the temperatures fall rapidly and at the summit they are well below freezing at night.

Sights and sounds

Nanyuki town is lively, a lot of colours, sounds and smells all around you, there are lots of people and lots of shops, but it has a lovely small town feeling when you walk around. It is an excellent place to buy souvenirs, stock up on supplies for your Mt Kenya hike, or even book your trip if you haven’t organised one yet. It has ATMs and excellent restaurants, cafes and bars as well as a huge variety of hotels and other accommodation. Plenty of choice for each budget.

From Nanyuki, people head east into Mt Kenya NP or west onto the Laikipia Plateau. Those passing through are usually on their way to for example Meru NP, Samburu NP or the Lewa Conservancy. Nearly everybody stops in Nanyuki to enjoy the bustling town, even if it is only for a good takeaway coffee.

Book your trip to Nanyuki with Tripindigo and head off east, west or north – all excellent options for a great Kenyan adventure.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Nanyuki has an excellent variety of eating establishments and caters for all budgets. Some of the well-known spots include the Trout Tree just out of town (south), Barney’s at the airstrip and Le Rustique in town.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Christians and Muslim are the two main religions in Nanyuki, but many other religions are practiced here, including traditional beliefs.

When photographing people, always ask permission first and agree on payment if required.

Cost of Living

Due to the presence of the British Army in Nanyuki the town has a range of accommodation options as well as excellent restaurants and cafes catering for all budgets.

The below prices are what you can expect to pay in Kenya for:

  • Domestic beer (0.5-litre bottle) in a supermarket – 175KSh
  • Imported beer in a supermarket (0.33-litre bottle) – 223KSh
  • Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) – 200KSh
  • A bottle of coca cola / pepsi (0.33-litre bottle) – 52KSh
  • A small bottle of water (0.33-litre bottle) – 44KSh


  • At the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club you can have a drink in their bar, standing with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere as the equator crosses right through.
  • The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Animal Orphanage is one of the few places in the world where you can see the bongo, a rare mountain antelope, and they also breed them here successfully.
  • The Trout Tree is a great spot to find the black and white colobus monkey as well as the tree hyrax, nesting in the main trunk of the massive tree that houses the restaurant. Check out the ingenious drinks fridge when you enter the tree-house.

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