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Nyeri – Kenya

Nyeri, known for its large vegetable and food market, is a small agricultural town with a lot of coffee and tea as main cash crops. Nyeri town is a town situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya. It is the county headquarters of Nyeri County. It is one of the oldest towns in Kenya having been established in the British colonial era in Kenya.

Nyeri is a popular destination for relaxation, business, educational and cultural tourism. It’s main business happens to be in food production and a key player in the central tourism circuit with it being surrounded by so many amazing sites and experiences.

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Why visit Nyeri

  • Aberdare National Park: This National Park offers a rich and distinct diversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna.
  • Dedan Kimathi Shrine: Situated in Tetu region, a shrine is a great place for visitors curious about the ancient origins of the spiritual inclinations of the town’s inhabitants. Lord Baden Powell and the Scout’s Information Centre are at the same venue.
  • Treetops Lodge: This is a popular lodge in Nyeri where Princess Elizabeth was declared queen when she was 14 years old. The Tree Tops is a lodge surrounded with sounds and sights of wildlife.
  • Karatina Market which operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, is reputed to be the second largest open-air market in Africa
  • 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: Nyeri Airport serves as the region’s airport while the second closest airport is Nanyuki Airport which is around 68 kilometres away from the city centre
Best time to visit

Nyeri has some of the country’s lowest temperatures ranging between 12 degrees Celsius in the cold months – June and July. The hot months – January to March and September to October has a temperature of 27 degree Celsius with high precipitation all year round

Sights and sounds

Set in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges, tourism and agriculture are the backbones of the town’s economy. Visitors are attracted to the town to experience the majestic Aberdare National Park as well as the imposing Mount Kenya adventure.

Visitors to Nyeri would be mesmerized by the historic Italian War Memorial church, the Mau Mau Caves in Narumoru forest and the Solio ranch and Game Sanctuary. Mountain climbers will enjoy tackling Mount Kenya from Nyeri using three distinct routes: Narumoru, Sirimon, and Chogoria.

Mount Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano lying strategically astride the Equator. The snow-capped mountain has two major peaks – Batian and Nelion. Mt. Kenya is the highest in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. The mountain features U-shaped glacial valleys, 20 lakes, 8 different types of natural forest, rugged snow-capped peaks, Afro-alpine desert and a variety of wildlife species make it a convergence of natural attractions. Visitors can also experience Trout rearing around the base of Mt. Kenya, which is along the Chania and Gura rivers.

Dairy farming and fish keeping in Tetu, Aguthi and China Dam areas are unique agro-tourism and eco-tourism activities that visitors would love to experience. Other attractions in the county include: Tafaria Castle and Game Lodge, Giraffe Ark, Sangare Farm House-Mweiga Vilas, Solio Ranch, Aberdare National Park, Lord Baden Powell Grave and Italian War Memorial Church.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Nyeri is a largely agrarian community with an abundance of food varieties. Aside the regular tea and coffee, you can enjoy Pilau, Ugali, Fish Fillet, T-Bone steak, Rice, Chinese and Italian dishes, among others.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Many of the locals residing in Nyeri are Christians, with variants such as Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Anglican Pentecostals and Akorino denominations. Other residents, which are a handful of the population, are Muslims and Hindu adherents. The lingua franca is the English language; however, the Kikuyu people speak Gikuyu, a widely spoken language across the country, even in towns where majority speak Kiswahili.

Cost of Living

Nyeri can be pricey compared to comparatively similar smaller towns however its no where near as expensive as the larger cities like Mombasa or Nairobi

This is roughly what you can expect to pay in Nyeri for:

  • Domestic beer in a supermarket (0.5-litre bottle) – 179KSh
  • Imported beer in a supermarket (0.33-litre bottle) – 228KSh
  • Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) – 200Ksh
  • A bottle of coca cola / pepsi (0.33-litre bottle) – 56KSh
  • A small bottle of water (0.33-litre bottle) – 48KSh


  • There are more than 600 primary schools, 200 high schools, and 4 universities in Nyeri
  • That Nyeri is home to the following notable personalities such as former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai as well as renowned Olympic, Boston and Chicago marathon medallist, Catherine Ndereba

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